Why See Elf: The Musical?
London welcomes Buddy the Elf this Christmas!
Buddy the Elf is stepping into Wembley's huge arena, all the way from the North Pole! This hit musical is based on the movie starring Will Ferrell, and first premiered on Broadway in 2010 with a score by Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin. Tam Ryan and Coronation Street's Kym Marsh will be starring as Buddy and Jovie respectively.
What's the story?
When Santa is out delivering his presents to the world's children, unbeknownst to him he has picked up an unexpected present of his own; an orphaned baby boy has crawled into his present sack, and he is unknowingly whisked off to the North Pole. Years later, the boy, named Buddy by Santa, has grown up to adulthood - very much standing heads, shoulders (and waist) above the other elves and poorly skilled at toy-making. He is confronted with a startling truth; he is not in fact an elf, but a human. With Santa's blessing, he leaves the safety of the North Pole and sets off alone to the bright lights of New York City to discover his real birth family.
Initially full of hope and joy, when he arrives in the Big Apple, he receives a shock; the native New Yorkers are seriously lacking in Christmas spirit, and his birth father Walter is a cynical and mean-minded book publisher who is more concerned with the bottom line rather than spending time with his family.
So you can imagine Walter's horror when a fully-grown man dressed as an Elf walks into his plush offices and announces that he is in fact his son! Determined to avoid taking him under his wing, this is in stark contrast to Walter's long-suffering but kindly wife and son Michael, Buddy's younger half-brother.
When Christmas is threatened by the lack of cheer to power Santa's sleigh, Buddy is tasked with injecting Christmas spirit into the whole of New York to save Santa's night and to reconcile his new family - will he be able to succeed, or continue causing chaos around him? And who is the enigmatic department store girl with the beautiful singing voice?
This critically acclaimed musical is set to be a joyful addition to London Christmas theatre at the Dominion, with enough hi-tech wizardry and songs to keep the kids engrossed, as well as plenty of in-jokes for the adults to enjoy.
Did you know?
The musical broke records at Broadway's Al Hirschfeld box office THREE times, grossing over a million dollars in one week in 2010. SANTAAAAAA!!!!
Opening night: 12 December 2019
Suitable for humans (and elves) from ages 3+
Two hours and 15 minutes with one interval
And before you stop reading
Please note that the images used above pertain to the Dublin production and do not necessarily reflect the cast coming to London
Cast and Creative
Ben Forster as Buddy
Kimberley Walsh as Jovie
Joe McGann as Walter
Jessica Martin as Emily Hobbs
Mark McKerracher as Santa
Graham Lappin as the Store Manager
Book by Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin
Music by Matthew Sklar
Lyrics by Chad Beguelin
Direction & Choreography by Morgan Young
Production Design by Tim Goodchild
Lighting Design by Tim Lutkin
Vocal Arrangement by Phil Reno
Dance Arrangement by David Chase
Orchestration by Doug Besterman
Video Design by Ian Galloway
Sound Design by Clement Rawling
Musical Direction by Stuart Morley
What we thought
Comical FUN festive!
I'd like to have spaghetti and syrup with Elf for breakfast.
It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas at the Dominion Theatre. Ushers whisper, "Are you excited?" into little ears in the enthusiastically decorated lobby of the Dominion Theatre. And excited we were!Read full review
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