Elf the Musical tells the heart warming tale of Buddy – a human raised by elves in the north pole. We are immediately transported to ‘Christmas Town’ and it is all as magical as it sounds. With its 1950’s big band Broadway style just screaming Christmas, this musical is an absolute delight. Every aspect is executed to perfection and I find I am simply mesmerised throughout!
Ben Forster reprises his role of Buddy and captures his child-like innocence and wonder perfectly. Ben has an impressive vocal range that’s showcased marvellously as he sings almost all 15 songs. He’s the epitome of the Buddy we know and love from the film, whilst still managing to create a stand-alone character in comparison to Will Ferrell. Opposite Ben we have Liz McClarnon portraying love interest Jovie, she’s sassy, cheeky and shows off a beautiful voice. This show has an extremely strong ensemble, ensuring the group numbers are a pleasure to watch! Brilliant energy throughout and spellbinding choreography that includes a classic tap routine and even rollerblading! The set and design know no bounds, it incorporates incredible projections and each set change is flawless with some impressive rigging used for Santa’s sleigh (I’ll say no more).
Morgan Young must be congratulated his incredible direction and choreography and for bringing this modern-day classic to life! This production is perfect for children and adults alike, it’s a heartening story filled with magic, laughter and love and truly summons that Christmas spirit. This musical truly is the gift that keeps on giving! - Anna Jobarteh