Elf the Musical is the perfect kid-friendly Broadway play for the holiday season. The cheery musical is based on the 2003 Will Ferrell movie of same name, but cuts out much of the adult humor that gave the film a PG rating. When my friend and I went to a performance a few weeks ago, I could see from the excitement on the faces of the children in the audience how much those under 10 enjoyed the cute songs and childish jokes.
At the start of the show, Santa (Wayne Knight) took the stage. Before he could even speak, the crowd exploded with applause. As Buddy the Elf (Jordan Gelber) frolicked along, singing about Christmastown and “Sparklejollytwinklejingley,” there was a chorus of giggling from the kids around me, who found a grown man in an elf suit to be comedic all on its own.
Finally, as the curtain closed, fake snow began to fall and even some adults reached up to grab a fistful of the sparkly white powder. All this proved that
Elf—now in its second incarnation as a stage show—will likely be sticking around for years to come. For tickets and more information, check out elfmusical.com.