Broadway again dips into the Hollywood well as news arrives that Elf is to become a Broadway musical in 2010. The 2003 film has reached the coveted critical mass of “holiday classic”, at least judging by how many times it’s showing up on the USA Network this year. Personally, I’m more A Christmas Story fan, and confess that I haven’t watched Elf front to back. Still, it was directed by the guy who did Iron Man and has Zooey Deschanel in it, so it must be pretty decent.
The story of Elf, The Musical hews close to the source material, spinning the tale of a boy who gets into Santa’s bag and ends up raised by elves at the North Pole. Eventually fully grown and less classically “elf-like” in proportion, he decides to return home to find his roots in Manhattan. Heartfelt sentiment, I’m sure, ensues.
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Elf will join two other big holiday shows: the very long running, and legged, Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Musical Hall, and the more recent White Christmas, itself another musical inspired by a Hollywood movie. You can pick up tickets to both currently running shows on their tickets pages: White Christmas Tickets and Christmas Spectacular Tickets. Elf, The Musical won’t be around this season, but look for it next year on Broadway.