The holiday sensation, Elf the Musical is back! Here’s a closer look at it
As the holiday season approaches, some of the best musicals celebrate the holiday spirit. Elf the musical will soon hit the road on its upcoming tour and visit some prominent venues like The Theater at Madison Square Garden, Music Hall at Fair Park, Sacramento Community Center Theater and Citi Performing Arts Center-Wang Theater. Here is a more detailed look at the musical that is rapidly becoming one of the most anticipated one this holiday season.
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Elf The Musical
History of Elf the musical
Many audiences might be familiar with the 2003 movie of the same name, starring Will Ferrell, from which Elf the Musical has been adapted. The play premiered at Broadway in the Christmas season of 2010-2011 and staged again in 2012-2013 season. It first toured the US in 2012 and another tour was launched in 2014.
The engagingly funny storyline
Elf the Musical tells the hilarious story of an orphan child named Buddy who climbs into Santa’s sack of gifts by mistake and gets transported to the North Pole. Raised among the elves, for years he remains unaware of the fact that he is a human until his growing size and incompetence at production of toys bring him face-to-face with the truth. With the permission of Santa he makes his way to New York City in search of his real father and to discover his true identity.
When Buddy realizes that his father is on the naughty list and his step-brother Michael does not even believe in Christmas he takes it upon himself to win over his new family and show the city the true meaning of Christmas.
Experienced creative team
Renowned director Sam Scalamoni directs Elf the Musical and Tony Award winners playwrights Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin are responsible for the script. Also featured on the creative team is the Tony Award nominated musician Matthew Sklar known for his work on The Wedding Singer. Sklar has worked on the music for Elf and Chad Beguelin is responsible for the lyrics of its crowd-rousing songs.
Plenty of favorable reviews
Elf the Musical received glowing reviews in the press for its Broadway production and had quite a favorable reception overall. The New York Times has called it “a splashy, peppy, sugar-sprinkled holiday entertainment” and is full of praise for Beguelin’s comic lyrics well-matched with Sklar’s gently-swinging music. New York Post has hailed the musical as “A Christmas miracle!” while the Associated Press has praised it as “Slick, splashy and spectacular!”
Why should you watch?
Elf the Musical tickets are selling fast among audiences seeking holiday entertainment. There is a lot to look forward to at Elf the Musical. Some of the things that have made it such a success would be Buddy’s cheerful personality, the funny and rousing songs like “Christmastown” and “Nobody Cares about Santa,” special effects and plenty of humor throughout. This modern day Christmas classic may lead many to embrace their inner elf and is perfect for children and grow-ups alike.