Elf the musical is heading to London. The hit movie starring Will Ferrell has been turned in to a full blown musical and is heading to the Dominion theatre in London in 2015.
Elf is the 2003 hit Christmas comedy film which stars Will Ferrell in the title role of Elf and also stars James Caan, Bob Newhart and Ed Asner.
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The movie inspired the 2010 Broadway musical with music by Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin. The award-winning musical ran on Broadway in the Christmas seasons of 2010-11 and 2012-13, and also toured the U.S. in 2012 and 2014.
The show received rave reviews and was described by one critic as “a tight, polished, expensive-looking affair that has enough jokes for adults and enough special effects for kids.
Elf the musical broke box office records on Broadway with ticket sales exceeding over a million dollars in one week, and being the third best-grossing show in the 2010 Thanksgiving weekend, behind Wicked and The Lion King.
Shows in London were treated to a special sneak preview of Elf the musical in Dublin at the spectacular Bord Gáis Energy Theatre on Grand Canal Square and met the brilliant cast after the show, including Buddy the Elf himself, played by Ben Forster, winner of ITV’s Superstar competition in 2012. As a result, Forster played the lead role of Jesus in the revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar in its 2012 arena tour
Elf the Musical is narrated by Santa Claus, the story tells how William “Buddy” Hobbs, a young orphan child, mistakenly crawled into Santa’s bag of gifts years ago and was transported back to the North Pole, where he is raised as one of Santa’s elves.
Buddy eventually learns of his true identity as a human, much to his dismay, but in true Elf attitude, he decides to make the best of the situation and goes to New York City to meet his biological father, spreading Christmas cheer in a world of cynics as he goes
Of course, the world he discovers does not have time for odd-looking Elves who believe in Santa Claus and Buddy doesn’t understand how this world works: cue plenty of hilarious siatuations that Buddy himself in, such as seeing “Santa” at Macy’s Department story only to realise he’s a FAKE! Or shredding paper to make “snow” in his father’s office… only Buddy uses some very important documents for his snow-making exercise! The gags hit the perfect note with the children in the audience – plenty of young ones giggling away in the auditorium, but there was enough wit and humour in there to keep the adults entertained and engaged.
The pinnacle of the show was the magical moment when Buddy finally convinces his new found family and friends of the existence of Santa, who proceeds to take-off on his sleigh – even us supposed theatre veterans couldn’t tell which kind of stage contraption was being used to make it fly! It must have been a Christmas miracle.
Aoibhinn McGinnity (Jovie) and Ben Forster (Buddy the Elf). Shows in London were delighted to meet the cast of Elf the Musical at the Dublin production.
The verdict: what a tremendous show we have to look forward to next year, only 300 plus sleeps (at time of writing) to go… The show in London is expected to open at the Dominion theatre in the Autumn of 2015.
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