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Gelber leads cast of ‘Elf’

Kritzer also signs on to Broadway musical

Jordan Gelber has been tapped to play the lead role in the Broadway musical version of “Elf,” with legit fave Leslie Kritzer now on board to play the title character’s love interest.

Gelber (“Avenue Q,” Todd Solondz’s “Dark Horse”) steps into a role initially played by Sebastian Arcelus in the tuner’s 2010 preem. He’ll play Buddy, a human raised in North Pole by Santa and his elves. Kritzer (“A Catered Affair,” “Legally Blonde”) takes on the part of a department store clerk, portrayed in 2010 by Amy Spanger.

Moppet Mitchell Sink also will appear in the show, joining a cast that already includes Wayne Knight and four alums of the 2010 staging: Beth Leavel, Mark Jacoby, Valerie Wright and Michael Mandell.

Produced by Warner Bros. Theater Ventures with Unique Features and Jujamcyn Theaters, “Elf” — a strong B.O. performer the first time around — returns to the Rialto in an unusually crowded climate for holiday shows, facing competish from Broadway cohort “A Christmas Story” as well as other Yuletide offerings including “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” at Madison Square Garden and the Rockettes’ annual Christmas show.

Casey Nicholaw returns to helm the tuner by sonwriters Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin and book writers Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin.

“Elf” begins its limited run Nov. 9, running through Jan. 6.

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