New York stages, on Broadway and off, seem more clogged than ever with seasonal fare, and making an impression in this sentiment-drenched field is becoming increasingly difficult. In the remounted Broadway show, which opened Sunday at the Al Hirschfeld Theater, Jordan Gelber, one of several new cast members, draws the thankless job of trying to make fans of the movie forget Mr. He and the director, Casey Nicholaw, never quite find a comfort zone for the character the way that Mr. Ferrell did. The Ferrell Buddy is a lovable, convincing fish out of water when Santa sends him to New York to find his father. But the show does have just enough nice supporting performances and successful comic moments to amuse easily amused kiddies and leave grown-up ticket buyers grumbling no more loudly than they would after any of the other holiday shows. Mark Jacoby, returning in the role of Walter, may not be Mr.
One of the main themes of Elf — The Musical is the importance of bringing the Christmas spirit back to a downtrodden, overworked and gloomy population of Americans that we call typical New Yorkers. Well, it does as exactly what it says on the tin, as they say. The rest of us probably lap up watching Will Ferrell don that beautifully ridiculous green costume every single December. The magical aspect of the musical adaptation, of course, is seeing Buddy come to life in the eyes of the countless children in the audience. I must admit I had never visited the gargantuan Theater at Madison Square Garden before and I was curious to experience a musical in that setting. With a capacity of around 5, — five times larger than a typical theater on Broadway — it certainly offers a unique experience in New York City.
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This spectacle caps a sparkling, high-tech production at Carpenter center in Long Beach that is the first by a Southern California regional company since the show hit Broadway in and passed through Riverside and Costa Mesa on tour. Trouble is, much of what comes before in the 2-hour, minute presentation, which plays through Sunday, lacks the magic of the movie headlined by Will Ferrell. Lest you fear for their knees: By the tap-dancing finale, the performers are on their feet.
And so Buddy, played by the aptly elfin-looking Sebastian Arcelus, heads off to grouch central, namely New York City, in search of his father. He also sings a lot of songs, leads a lot of dances, acquires a girlfriend Amy Spanger and decks all available halls with a belief in Santa Claus, knowledge of the True Meaning of Christmas and the general good spirits so glaringly absent from this review. The score is generic, true, but it is also polished, hummable-tune laden and professional. The director, Casey Nicholaw, coaxes fine work from the performers, who do their chores with unfailing commitment.