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Harry Connick, Jr. to attend Scranton premiere of his musical ‘The Happy Elf’

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From a press release:

It has been confirmed that Harry Connick, Jr. will come to Scranton for the premiere of his new musical, “The Happy Elf,” at the Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple. The Cultural Center is pleased to welcome Connick back to Scranton; he visited in September 2013 when the reference recording was produced.

“When Harry came to town for the reference recording, he was just floored by the incredible talent that lies in our area,” says Michael Melcher, executive director of the Scranton Cultural Center and producer of “The Happy Elf.”

“I know that he will once again be blown away by the quality and caliber of this performance.”

The premiere of the musical at the Scranton Cultural Center (420 N. Washington Ave., Scranton) will be the culmination of nearly a decade of work. It began as a song on Connick’s best-selling 2003 CD “Harry for the Holidays,” and it has also been transformed into a made-for-television movie and a children’s book. Harry Connick, Jr.’s “The Happy Elf” has elements of humor with a storyline brimming with life lessons, from friendship to overcoming adversity, all with the accompaniment of catchy and entertaining music that is sure to captivate audience members of all ages.

The Cultural Center’s presentation of the musical will be the organization’s first self-produced production.

Performances are Dec. 19-21 and 26-28. Visit for a complete list of show times. Daytime school shows are also available. Tickets range in price from $21-$42. To purchase tickets, visit the Fidelity Box Office at the Scranton Cultural Center in person, by calling 570-344-1111, or via all applicable Ticketmaster outlets. For more information and a full schedule of events, visit