Elf The Musical at the Dominion Theatre
Film Adaptation Heading to the West End in October 2015 for Christmas Run
2015 is still relatively new but already there has been various new shows revealed in the capital, from Bradley Cooper’s announced (upcoming) arrival in The Elephant Man at the Theatre Royal Haymarket to last week’s news that Kinky Boots will play at the Adelphi Theatre.
Now another has been announced and, like those mentioned above, it is best known for appearing on cinema screens. Back in 2003 audiences were introduced to Buddy, as played by Will Ferrell in Elf and now, in 2015, those in the West End will revisit the story as it lands at the Dominion Theatre as a high profile musical.
Buddy lives with Santa and the Elves at the beginning of Elf The Musical. He isn’t aware that he’s a human, having stowed away on Santa’s sleigh as a child and found himself in the North Pole, but when he finds out the news he decides to head to New York City where he might find his father. What unfolds is a comic story with fish-out-water elements and themes like the spirit of Christmas as Buddy attempts to teach the city the meaning of the season to those around him and find a place amongst the rest of his family.
The musical has a book by Bob Martin and Thomas Meehan, whilst Matthew Sklar and Chad Beuelin provide the score. Bob Martin is a comedian and writer whose theatre credits include Minsky’s, a musical from 2009, and The Drowsy Chaperone, a musical he penned with Don McKellar in 2006. Meanwhile, Thomas Meehan is a Tony Award-winning writer whose credits include The Producers, Hairspray and Young Frankenstein. More recently he wrote the book to another film-turned-musical in Rocky, which made it to Broadway last year.
They worked to put Elf The Musical together ahead of its premiere on Broadway in 2010. It has also appeared in Plymouth and in Ireland last year. Its appearance in the West End will appear in front of those with theatre tickets during the Christmas season for a limited run.
Elf The Musical is at the Dominion Theatre from Thursday 5th November 2015 (previews from Saturday 24th October 2015) to Saturday 2nd January 2016.