‘ELF The Musical’ Opens Nine-Week Broadway Run Nov. 2

‘ELF The Musical’ Opens Nine-Week Broadway Run Nov. 2

ELF was the second movie Will Ferrell made after he left Saturday Night Live in 2002 and his first movie to start with the letter “E.”

While it’s not Caddyshack, ELF did produce several great lines, many of which are often repeated around the holidays:

Buddy the Elf, what’s your favorite color?
We elves try to stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup.
You stink. You smell like beef and cheese! You don’t smell like Santa.
SANTA! OH MY GOD! SANTA’S COMING! I KNOW HIM! I KNOW HIM!
Have you seen these toilets? They’re GINORMOUS!
It’s just nice to meet another human that shares my affinity for elf culture.
I passed through the seven levels of the Candy Cane forest, through the sea of swirly twirly gum drops, and then I walked through the Lincoln Tunnel.
I’m a cotton-headed ninny-muggins.

This above-average Ferrell vehicle/Christmas flick has been turned into a musical.

ELF — The Musical opens on Broadway Nov. 2 at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre. Get your ELF tickets as soon as possible because the show is set for a special nine week limited engagement (the production ends Jan. 2).

Unfortunately Ferrell—who last walked the boards in 2009 in his one man show, You’re Welcome America. A Final Night with George W. Bush—is NOT in this production.

Instead, Sebastian Arcelus plays the eponymous Buddy the Elf. The great Amy Spanger (Rock of Ages) stars as Jovie, and the indelible George Wendt (better known as “Norm” from Cheers) plays Santa Claus.

Bob Martin (he won a Tony) and Thomas Meehan (he won one too) wrote the musical’s book. Matthew Sklar (he was nominated for a Tony but lost) and Chad Beguelin (also a Tony loser) wrote the music and lyrics respectively.

Three-time non-Tony winner Casey Nicholaw served as director and choreographer.

The show runs about two hours and is appropriate for the entire family.

However, to enter the Al Hirschfeld Theatre you need to be at least five-years-old. If you’re four-years-old or younger you will flogged, water boarded, and then forced to watch the Donny & Marie — A Broadway Christmas at the Marquis Theatre.

If you’re one of the few fans of the movie you’ll enjoy this new production. Still, ELF — The Musical brings enough new stuff to the stage that it’s sure to win over even the most ardent Ferrell detractor.

Basically, if you like the movie and/or Broadway musicals, you’ll like ELF.

Of course, ELF isn’t the only Christmas musical running this holiday season. The classic How The Grinch Stole Christmas is touring North America. The “Mean One” gets underway Nov. 9 in Omaha, Nebraska and wraps Jan. 2 in Toronto, Ontario. In between, the production visits Tempe, Houston, and Dallas.

It’s not quite a musical but the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular, starring the Rockettes, enchants and delights kids of all ages. The high-stepping holiday tradition can be seen in the Big Apple at the Radio City Music Hall. This show is almost always running—some days the production holds four performances.

If you can’t get to Gotham check out the Christmas Spectacular’s arena tour. It’s set to visit 19 cities in 10 states. Meanwhile, the Spectacular’s theater tour is scheduled for extended runs in Austin, Boston, Ft. Myers, Jacksonville, Nashville, and Providence.

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