The UK Theatre Awards 2023 are coming soon. On Sunday, October 23, the first event since 2019, honoring the tremendous quantity of talent found on and off stage across the nation. Elf is a holiday comedy turned musical. The Musical makes a successful comeback to London this winter in a fresh new production at the Dominion Theatre. The musical, which is from the 2003 Will Ferrell and Zoey Deschanel comedy of the same name, follows Buddy, one of the elves of Santa. He discovers that he is not an elf but a human and travels to New York in search of his father and his place in the world. What could be better this winter than an absurd comedy- musical?
Elf stars Georgina Castle and Simon Lipkin
Simon Lipkin has a long list of West End theatre roles under his belt, including The Lorax, The Wind in the Willows, Guys and Dolls, Rock of Ages, Avenue Q, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. The most recent roles portrayed by Georgina Castle include Marie in the Gillian Lynne Theatre production of Cinderella by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Doralee Rhodes in the Savoy Theatre production of 9 to 5, Sophie Sheridan in Mamma Mia!, and Lisa Houseman in the UK Tour of Dirty Dancing.
Who is the creative group behind Elf The Musical London?
Two of the masterminds behind this project are creatives responsible for other Broadway productions- Tony Award winners Bob Martin and Thomas Meehan (The Drowsy Chaperone, Annie, The Producers, and Hairspray). They wrote the book for the musical Elf, and Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin contributed the tunes (The Wedding Singer).
Philip Wm. McKinley will direct the new production, which features Tim Good child’s original sets and costumes and Liam Steel’s choreography. And Patrick Woodroffe did the lighting, sound from Gareth Owen, Ian William Galloway’s video design, and Richard Mawbey’s wig and hair designs. Grindrod Burton Casting handles the casting.
When did Elf The Musical last air?
Ben Forster and Kimberley Walsh played Buddy and Jovie, respectively, in Elf The Musical, which last performed at the Dominion Theatre in 2015. Below is a video of our opening night vlog from seven years ago.
The well-known characters Buddy and Jovie will be played by Simon Lipkin and Georgina Castle in the critically acclaimed musical ELF, which is making a triumphant comeback to London in a brand-new production at the Dominion Theatre for a severely constrained 8-week run.
The Dominion Theatres:
The season of ELF will start with previews on November 14, premiere on November 24, 2023, and season-ending on January 7, 2023. Theatre never has a formal age classification system as the film does. Therefore, unless otherwise specified, all age recommendations should be known as guidelines. Buy your ticket at the theatre and online at Cheapo Ticketing to avoid standing in long ticket lines. In light of this, we kindly request that you exercise your discretion before purchasing a performance.
Story-Line Of Elf :
Buddy, an orphan boy, accidentally slips into gift bag of Santa and is transported back to the North Pole in Elf the Musical. Buddy is unaware that he is human, which forces him to confront the truth due to his enormous size and poor toy-making. Buddy travels to New York City with the permission of Santa to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. This modern Christmas classic will have everyone channeling their inner Elf.
This Broadway musical is based on a PG-rated film and contains similar content. If you believe the film is inappropriate for your child, the musical is likely to be as well. The musical is appropriate for all ages but best for after eight.
Distinctions from the film:
Santa Claus tells the story instead of Papa Elf, who does not appear in the musical. The story of the musical is said to begin three years ago, rather than thirty years in the film, so there is no age limit for the actor playing Buddy. Minor differences between the film and the musical include Santa delivering presents with an iPhone rather than a list of names and Buddy and Jovie’s child changing from a girl to a boy. And department store scenes in Macy’s rather than Gimbels, and Buddy gets dropped off at Hobbs rather than being dragged out of prison by Walter. A subplot about Michael and Emily Hobbs’ disbelief in Santa Claus is also within the musical. Instead of having an elf named Ming Ming, they called him Charlie and had an elf girl named Shawanda.
Several memorable scenes from the film are missing, including Buddy’s visit to the Empire State Building’s mail room and Buddy rescuing Michael from faculty bullies in a snowball fight in Central Park. Miles Finch’s entire persona gets slashed. Instead, Walter’s team writers arise the best reproduction of an unpublished manuscript for a Christmas story by passed away well-known writer Chris Smith. Buddy shreds the document, which now contains no information about its significance. In contrast to the aftermath of the Miles Finch scene, this is when Walter angrily says he wishes Buddy wasn’t his son. The film and musical both deviate significantly from the character of Walter Hobbs.
Walter is portrayed in the film as greedy, preoccupied with his work, and intentionally neglectful of his circle of relatives’ duties. He’s shown to be extra bumbling, forgetful, and overworked in the musical. It is also known as Santa Claus. In the movie, Walter is on the “Naughty List” due to his greed and general meanness, whereas in the musical, it is because he does not believe in Santa. And inside the convention hall, Buddy pitches the idea of writing a book about how he got to the North Pole (the title of the song, “The Story of Buddy the Elf”), and Mr. Greenway loves the story. However, Walter quits after Mr. Greenway wishes to extradite the primary character within the story from an elf to a horse, rather than Walter accompanying Michael to bring Buddy back home, with Mr. Greenway firing Walter.