Elf the Musical

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Theatre review by Steve Duffy –

Fans of this holiday favorite will know what to expect, a high-octane and sugary story about Buddy the Elf. 

Erik Gratton is perfect as the Christmas loving elf. He is an over-the-top bundle of energy.

Santa, played boringly by Cheer’s George Wendt, establishes the story of how Buddy came to the North Pole and was raised by the elves.

Buddy’s dad is played by supergrouch and workaholic Christopher Russo.  My favorite performance came from Ruth Pferdehirt, who portrays Walter Hobbs’ hilarious assistant.

The best musical performance occurs in a duet between Cynthia Ferrer, playing Buddy’s stepmom, and Trey Middleton, playing Buddy’s stepbrother.

The staging for Elf is eye-popping, cartoonish and brilliant.

Fans of 2003 movie starring Will Ferrell will find this musical production a crowd-pleasing hit for the holidays.

Running Time: 2 hours and 30 minutes with intermission

Elf the Musical now playing at the Boch Center Wang Theatre thru December 10th. Tickets can be purchased at www.bochcenter.org or by visiting the Wang Theatre Box Office.

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