Friday, December 10, 2010

Elf on Broadway

Courtesy of the Elf on Brodway Website

When we heard that there was going to be a Broadway adaptation of the 2003 Will Ferrell movie Elf, we were a little skeptical. After all filling Ferrell's pointy-toed shoes seemed like a pretty big feat. And the fact that the project would be Bob Newhart-less, seemed like a travesty beyond forgivable proportions.

But we were pleasantly surprised during the recent Macy's Thanksgiving Parade to see the Elf production number. In a Broadway landscape riddled with recycled rock songs jammed into convoluted storylines and overblown wire-gag filled budget-busters, this instant Christmas classic seems like an old-school toe tapper — with music by Matthew Sklar (Shrek the Musical) and lyrics by Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer).

Sebastian Arcelus, who takes on Ferrell's role of Buddy, is getting great reviews. As is the supporting cast of Mark Jacoby in the part originated by James Caan and Amy Spanger who plays the love interest created in film by Zooey Deschanel.

And while TV icon Newhart doesn't make the scene, fans will get a dose of small screen legend. Cheers' start George Wendt plays Santa.

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