GRCT is Singing Loud for All to Hear, “Get Your Christmas Cheer With Buddy and the Crew!”
As with any favorite movie, I get nervous about stage adaptations. “Will I like it?” I wonder. “Will it just make me miss the movie?” Elf, starring Will Ferrell, is a Christmas classic, with the Broadway version coming out in 2010.
To my delight, Elf the Musical stands on its own.
The story has some deviations from the film, and some of the characters are different, but that just makes Elf the Musical special in its own way.
Each actor’s take on their character was unique and spot on. Filling the shoes of Will Ferrell’s iconic performance has got to be intimidating, but TJ Clark seemed to have zero awareness that anyone ever even been Buddy before him, whether on screen or stage.
He had his own pizazz and silliness that was so good, even my 11 year old noticed. During the performance she leaned over and whispered, “That guy is a really good actor! Like, really good!”
TJ Clark was really good. But the joy of Elf the Musical is that Buddy wasn’t the only good performance. There were so many good actors, singers and dancers.
“Santa was on point,” my husband told me afterward.
My 11 year old loved Buddy’s stepmom. My 8 year old thought the Macy’s manager was the best, and my 5 year old couldn’t even start to decide whom he enjoyed most. Me, I got a kick out of Mr. Hobb’s secretary, Deb.
Adults will love the local jokes they sprinkled throughout and everyone will be dazzled by the energetic songs.
Buddy’s Enthusiastic View of Christmas is Contagious
I am a “post-Thanksgiving” Christmas observer. I like to keep my holidays separate. But seeing Elf the Musical has put me in the Christmas spirit a whole week early. I just couldn’t help it.
Who can resist when a troupe of bearded St. Nicks belt out a rousing rendition of “Nobody Cares About Santa?” Or the entire theatre comes alive with “Sparkle Jolly Twinkle Jingley,” delight?
Share your Affinity for Elf Culture Now Through December 22
The show ran 2 hrs 20 minutes, with a 15 minute intermission. It is recommended for ages 10 and up, but my 8 year old sat through the show just fine. We didn’t leave the theatre till close to 10 PM, though, so if you have younger children, consider a matinee.
Elf, The Musical is running at Grand Rapids Civic Theatre through December 22. Show times are Wednesday-Saturday at 7:30pm, with an additional 2pm matinee on Saturday and Sundays. Tickets are currently on sale and can be purchased through their website or in person at the box office.