The Straz Center, 1010 N.W.C. Macinnes Place, Tampa, FL 33611
Ended 25 Nov 2012 after 5 days
ELF is happy enough for families, savvy enough for city kids and plenty smart for adults
This Broadway favorite will once again be touring the nation this fall, with two different casts touring simultaneously. Based on the movie starring Will Ferrell, the show first premiered on Broadway in 2010/11 with a score by Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin.
When Santa is out delivering his presents to the world's children, little does he know that he has picked up an unexpected visitor; an orphaned baby boy has crawled into his present sack, and he is unknowingly whisked off to the North Pole. Years later, the boy, Buddy, now a fully grown man - very much outsizing the other elves and poorly skilled at toymaking - is confronted with a startling truth; he is not in fact an elf, but a human. With Santa's permission, he heads off to the bright lights of New York City to discover his real birth family.
When he arrives in the Big Apple, everything is a shock to him; New Yorkers are seriously lacking in Christmas spirit, and his father Walter is a surly book publisher more concerned with the bottom line rather than spending time with his family. Needless to say, he is horrified to discover that Buddy is his son, and does everything he can to avoid taking him under his wing, much to the chagrin of his kindly wife and son, Buddy's younger half-brother Michael.
It is up to Buddy to inject Christmas spirit into the city of New York to save Santa's cause and to bring his new family together - but will he be able to succeed, or continue causing chaos around him? And who is the mysterious department store girl Jovie?
This critically acclaimed musical is a joyful addition to holiday theatre, with enough hi-tech wizardry and songs to keep the kids engrossed, as well as plenty of jokes for the adults.
In the original film, Buddy's real name was never revealed - but in the musical we find out what he was originally called. What is it, you ask? Sorry, you'll have to watch the musical to find out!
Opening night: 20 November 2012
Closing night: 25 November 2012
Suitable for kids (and elves) of all ages!
Two hours and 15 minutes with one intermission
5 reviews, average rating: (3.9 Stars)
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