Review by Steve Duffy –
SANTAAAAA and Buddy the Elf have arrived in Boston!
Elf: The Musical is adapted from the 2003 beloved holiday film, and tells the tale of William “Buddy” Hobbs, a young orphan child, who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Years later, Buddy (Eric Petersen) finds out that he’s an ordinary human being and heads off to New York City in search of his father, Walter Hobbs.
He finds him, but Walter (Tom Galantich) doesn’t believe in the spirit of Christmas, nor do many other New Yorkers. This is a problem, because Santa’s sleigh is powered by the people’s belief in Christmas.
Faced with the harsh reality that Walter is on the naughty list and his half-brother, Michael (Joshua Colley), doesn’t even believe in Santa (JB Adams), Buddy is determined to win over his birth family and help New York City remember the true meaning of Christmas.
Petersen who plays Buddy, is charming and loveable as the over-the-top elf. He portrays the right amount of energy that will keep your kids glued in their seats. I did like that he was much less annoying than Will Ferrell’s Elf.
Elf’s love interest, Jovie, is portrayed by Veronica Kuehn. A character that could have been given more stage time.
The ensemble does a fantastic job in their various roles as elves in Santa’s workshop and the department store.
Matthew Sklar (music) and Chad Beguelin (lyrics) created the original songs for the show. Most of them will leave your toes-a-tapping.
The costumes are bright and colorful. The stage is packed with Christmas decorations from top to bottom.
Kids are going to love seeing one of their favorite goofy holiday movies come to life on the stage!
If you are not already filled with Christmas cheer, you will be after seeing this.
Running Time with Intermission: 2 hr. 30 min.
Elf: The Musical is now playing at the Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre through December 6th. Tickets are now on sale at Citi Center box office, through www.citicenter.org or by calling 800-982-ARTS (2787)