Review – Elf, the Musical on Broadway

Elf has hit Broadway for the holiday season, and it is already dazzling audiences eight times a week. Adapted from the blockbuster hit movie by the same name, Elf brings the story of Buddy to life with fun musical numbers, colorful costumes, and a talented cast.

The musical opens with George Wendt, best known for his role as Norm on the series Cheers, as Santa, telling the story of Buddy the Elf, who is human, but was raised by elves in the North Pole. When he learns the truth about himself, that he’s not really an elf, Buddy, played by veteran Broadway actor Sebastian Arcleus, is distressed at the thought of being different, and not fitting in. He sets out for New York City, armed with only a snow globe as his map, and Santa’s directions to “head south,” to find his father, and along the way finds out that being different isn’t a bad thing after all. An important lesson for kids, and adults too, told through dialogue, jokes, and songs suitable for everyone to enjoy. The musical numbers are well written, and the melodies will have you tapping your feet.

The set will surprise you, as it incorporates both traditional theatre design and also color changing state-of-the-art screens, where images appear larger than life throughout the show, much to the delight of everyone in the audience, bringing yet another dimension to the Elf experience. And what is holiday show without snow? The impressive finale includes a dusting of snow which falls from the theatre’s ceiling over the audience.

If you’re looking for something different to do with your family this holiday season, Elf is definitely it. It is playing now at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre, on W 45th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues in Manhattan. With a limited nine week run, make sure you don’t miss your opportunity to see the show, and purchase your tickets now. The final curtain will be on January 2nd. The show is approximately two hours long, with one fifteen minute intermission. While the theatre’s minimum age is four years old, the little ones may find it hard to sit through until the end, but no matter what the age, Elf will dazzle both young and old.