The New York Times announced today that a musical adaptation of the film Elf will be heading to the Great White Way for a limited run this Christmas. Done right, I’m pretty confident this has the potential to be brilliant in the same way the film was. But there is also good chance the musical might try just a little too hard. I mean, did the filmmakers know that their movie was going to spawn catchphrases beloved year round?
It certainly didn’t seem to set out to be as much of a cult hit as it was. Capturing that innocence will be the biggest challenge for the entire team, from book writers Thomas Meehan (who won best book Tony Award’s for “Annie,” “The Producers,” and “Hairspray”) and Bob Martin (“The Drowsy Chaperone”), to composer Matthew Sklar, and lyricist Chad Beguelin, who most recently collaborated on the musical adaptation of “The Wedding Singer”.
The cast has yet to be announced (heck, technically the show has yet to be announced), but actor Christian Anderson (“High Fidelity” and “Avenue Q” on B-way) has played Buddy in a few workshops. As he did for the “Drowsy Chaperone” Casey Nicholaw is set to direct and choreograph.
I can only hope for two things:
1) They cast Zas her role in the movie. Girl can sing.
2) They don’t try and make this into a production number: