William "Buddy" Hobbs, a young orphan child, mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Years later, Buddy finds out that he's an ordinary human being and heads off to New York City in search of his father, Walter Hobbs.
He finds him, but Walter doesn't believe in the spirit of Christmas, nor do many other New Yorkers. This is a problem, because Santa's sleigh is powered by the people's belief in Christmas.
Faced with the harsh reality that Walter is on the naughty list and his half-brother, Michael, doesn’t even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his birth family and help New York City remember the true meaning of Christmas.
Elf is a musical based on the motion picture of the same name.
After a 2009 workshop, the musical officially opened for a limited holiday engagement at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre on Broadway on November 14, 2010, following previews from November 2, 2010. Casey Nicholaw directed. The final performance took place January 2, 2011 after a run of 15 preview and 57 regular performances. A Broadway cast recording was released on November 1, 2011. Leading the original cast was Wicked and Jersey Boys star Sebastian Arcelus, who was joined by Broadway alums Amy Spanger and Beth Leavel.
North American tours (2012, 2013, 2014)
Presented by NETworks, a mini-tour of the musical featuring a non-equity cast played select cities across North America for the 2012 holiday season. Stops include Providence, RI (Nov. 4-10), Appleton, WI (Nov. 13-18), Tampa, FL (Nov. 20-25), Fort Myers, FL (Nov. 27-Dec. 2) and St. Paul, MN (Dec. 5-30). Two separate tours began in 2013, one equity and one non-equity. Two non-equity tours began in November 2014.
Broadway revival (2012-13)
Following the success of the 2010 production, the musical returned to the Al Hirschfeld for a second holiday season beginning November 9, 2012, on a run through January 6, 2013. This new production featured a revised book and a brand new opening number "Happy All the Time."
West End production (2015-16)
A new production of the musical will open at the Dominion Theatre on October 24, 2015, for a 10-week run until January 2, 2016. This production will feature Ben Forster as Buddy and Kimberley Walsh as Jovie. There will be Gala Opening Night on 5 November 2015 in aid of Alzheimer’s Society.
A separate production ran at The 5th Avenue Theatre for a limited engagement in Seattle beginning November 30, 2012, on a run through December 31.
The Canadian premiere of the production ran from November 20, 2012 to January 6, 2013 at Neptune Theatre in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
A production of the musical is currently running at the Paper Mill Playhouse. The run started on Nov 26, 2014 and is scheduled to run until Jan 4, 2015.
Overture — Orchestra
Christmastown — Buddy and Company
World's Greatest Dad — Buddy
In the Way — Deb, Walter, Emily, Michael and Company
Sparklejollytwinklejingley — Buddy, Store Manager, and Company
I'll Believe in You — Michael and Emily
In the Way (Reprise) — Emily and Walter
Just Like Him — Buddy, Deb, and Company
A Christmas Song — Buddy, Jovie, and Company
World's Greatest Dad (Reprise) — Buddy and Company
Entr'acte — Orchestra
Nobody Cares About Santa — Fake Santas, Store Manager, and Buddy
Never Fall in Love — Jovie
There Is a Santa Claus — Michael and Emily
The Story of Buddy the Elf — Buddy, Michael, Walter, and Company
Nobody Cares About Santa (Reprise) — Santa
A Christmas Song (Reprise) — Jovie, Buddy, Emily, Michael, Walter, and Company
Finale — All
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Differences from the film
The story is narrated by Santa Claus rather than Papa Elf. The story in the musical is said to have begun three years ago - rather than thirty years ago, like in the movie - so that there's no age limit on the actor playing Buddy. His real name is revealed to be William early in the film, while it is not revealed in the musical until he meets Walter, Emily, and Michael. The musical also adds a subplot about Michael's disbelief in Santa.
Elf: The Musical (2015-11-Dominion Theatre-London)Type de série: Original London
Théâtre: Dominion Theatre (Londres - Angleterre) Durée : 1 mois 4 semaines Nombre : Première Preview : samedi 24 octobre 2015Première : jeudi 05 novembre 2015Dernière : samedi 02 janvier 2016Mise en scène : Morgan Young • Chorégraphie : Morgan Young • Producteur : Avec : Ben Forster (Buddy), Kimberley Walsh (Jovie), Joe McGann (Walter), Jessica Martin (Emily), Jennie Dale (Deb), Mark McKerracher (Santa) and Graham Lappin (Store Manager), Katie Bradley, Charlie Bull, Nicola Coates, Alex Fobbester, Anton Fosh, Charlotte Gale, Francis Haugen, Matt Holland, Tash Holway, Paul Hutton, Mark Iles, Ceili O’Connor, Debbie Paul, Joanna Rennie, Barnaby Thompson and Ed White. Harry Collett, Ilan Galkoff, Noah Key and Ewan Rutherford will alternate the role of MichaelPresse : "Don't come all ye faithful... this show doesn’t so much invoke the festive spirit as market it." Michael Billington for The Guardian
"For all its commercial, even cynical sheen, then, the show taps the essential spirit of Christmas – our need to connect with our families, and our inner kid." Dominic Cavendish for The Telegraph
"Elf left this Grinch-inclined critic with expectations pleasantly confounded, and full of seasonal good cheer." Fiona Mountford for The Evening Standard
"Efficient, slick, even cynical: Elf is all these. I suppose it will be a success, but it left me a little cold." Quentin Letts for The Daily Mail
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