Elf - The Musical 2010

Run Time:
2 hours, with one intermission
Opened: November 14, 2010
Closing: January 02, 2011

Elf - The Musical - 2010 - Broadway History , Info & More

Based on the beloved 2003 hit movie, Elf features songs by Tony Award nominees Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin, with a book by Tony Award winners Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin. Elf is directed and choreographed by Tony nominee Casey Nicholaw. Elf is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child transported to the North Pole. Buddy is raised unaware that he is actually a human, until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth and Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. Faced with the harsh reality that his father is on the naughty list and his half-brother doesn’t believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas.

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'Elf' on Broadway - Who Needs Will Ferrell?
8 / 10

Who needs Will? That might be the typical reaction from theatergoers after seeing the Broadway musical 'Elf,' a show that remains true to the 2003 Will Ferrell movie but stands on its own with great sets and design, a funny adapted script and a collection of hardworking actors. It simply doesn't need Ferrell in tights.

High-Spirited `Elf' Finds Grumpy Pa, First Love in New York
4 / 10

The mischievous wit for which Thomas Meehan ('The Producers' and 'Hairspray') is known seems to have been rubbed too smooth by his co-writer, Bob Martin, the nostalgist behind the musical 'The Drowsy Chaperone.' The songs are by Matthew Sklar (music) and Chad Beguelin (lyrics), the team behind the awful 'The Wedding Singer,' and they hardly do better here; the tunes are instantly forgettable and you can predict every rhyme a mile away.

BWW TV Closing Night Flashback: ELF
by Robert Diamond - January 2, 2011

In honor of the show's closing on January 2, BroadwayWorld.com brings you a look back at opening night! On Sunday, November 14, Elf opened at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre on Broadway. Broadway Beat was on hand and took you inside the opening night party below.

ELF Breaks B.O. Record Again at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre
by Gabrielle Sierra - December 27, 2010

Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures in association with Unique Features announced today that the new Broadway musical ELF shattered the box office record at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre (302 W 45th St) a third time for the week ending December 26, 2010.

ELF Breaks Own Box Office Record at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre
by Gabrielle Sierra - December 20, 2010

Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures in association with Unique Features announced today that the new Broadway musical ELF shattered its previous box office record at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre (302 W 45th St) for the week ending December 19, 2010.

BWW TV: ELF Shorts Part 4: Backstage with Matthew and Matthew
by Craig Brockman - December 29, 2010

Tis the season to find your 'inner elf' and BroadwayWorld is going to help! Continuing our special series 'Elf Shorts' we bring you backstage (again) with Matthew Gumley (Michael in the show) and Matthew Schechter (Michael Standby). Matthew^2 play a game of 5 questions backstage. Click below to watch this second of several backstage features brought to you by this dynamic duo!

BWW TV Special: Elf Shorts Part III: Directing and Choreographing
by Craig Brockman - December 16, 2010

Tis the season to find your 'inner elf' and BroadwayWorld is going to help! For the next few weeks, we're presenting a special series featuring the cast and creative in a close up look at putting this 'magical' show together called 'Elf Shorts.' This third feature highlights multi Tony Award Nominee Casey Nicholaw who both directed and choreographed book writers, Tony the show! Click to learn more about taking this hilarious movie from the big screen to the Broadway stage!

ELF to Light the NYSE Christmas Tree 12/7
by Gabrielle Sierra - December 6, 2010

On Tuesday, December 7, the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) will hold its 87th annual Christmas Tree lighting on Broad Street between Wall Street and Exchange Place from 5 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. ET.

GYPSY OF THE MONTH: Timothy J. Alex of 'Elf'
by Adrienne Onofri - December 2, 2010

The new Christmas musical has special meaning for Timothy, who's in his second show this year directed by Casey Nicholaw.

ELF Breaks Box Office Record at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre
by Gabrielle Sierra - November 29, 2010

Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures in association with Unique Features announced today that the new Broadway musical ELF set a new box office record at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre (302 W 45th Street) for the week ending November 28, 2010.

BWW TV: ELF Shorts Part 2: Backstage with Matthew and Matthew
by Craig Brockman - November 26, 2010

Tis the season to find your 'inner elf' and BroadwayWorld is going to help! Continuing our special series 'Elf Shorts' we bring you backstage with Matthew Gumley (Michael in the show) and Matthew Schechter (Michael Standby). Matthew^2 bring will take you on a trip backstage during previews of the show featuring a trip to the wig room dressing rooms and interviews with some of the stars including Amy Spanger, Mark Jacoby, Beth Leavel and more. Click below to watch this first of several backstage features brought to you by this dynamic duo!

Photo Coverage: ELF Gypsy Robe Ceremony
by Walter McBride - November 17, 2010

On Sunday, November 14, Elf opened at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre on Broadway. BroadwayWorld was on hand for the traditional Gypsy Robe ceremony and brings you photo coverage below.

BWW TV: Broadway Beat Goes Inside ELF Opening Night!
by Broadway Beat - November 16, 2010

On Sunday, November 14, Elf opened at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre on Broadway. Broadway Beat was on hand and takes you inside the opening night party below.

Photo Coverage: ELF Opening Night Party
by Linda Lenzi - November 15, 2010

Based on the beloved 2003 New Line Cinema hit, ELF features songs by Tony Award nominees Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer), with a book by Tony Award winners Thomas Meehan (The Producers, Hairspray) and Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone). ELF is directed and choreographed by Tony nominee Casey Nicholaw (The Drowsy Chaperone, Monty Python's Spamalot). ELF opened on Sunday, November 14th at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre (302 West 45th Street). The production will play a limited engagement for the holiday season through Sunday, January 2nd. BroadwayWorld.com was there to capture all of the opening night fun!

Photo Coverage: ELF Opening Night Red Carpet
by Walter McBride - November 15, 2010

ELF opened on Sunday, November 14th at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre (302 West 45th Street). The production will play a limited engagement for the holiday season through Sunday, January 2nd. BroadwayWorld.com was there to capture all of the opening night fun!

Photo Coverage: ELF on Broadway Opening Night Curtain Call
by Walter McBride - November 15, 2010

ELF opened on Sunday, November 14th at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre (302 West 45th Street). The production will play a limited engagement for the holiday season through Sunday, January 2nd. BroadwayWorld.com was there to capture all of the opening night fun!

Review Roundup: ELF on Broadway
by Robert Diamond - November 15, 2010

ELF opened on Sunday, November 14th at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre (302 West 45th Street). ELF is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa's bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Buddy is raised unaware that he is actually a human, until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa's permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. Faced with the harsh reality that his father is on the naughty list and his step-brother doesn't even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. This modern day Christmas classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner ELF!

Photo Flash: ELF on Broadway Opens Tonight!
by Robert Diamond - November 14, 2010

Based on the beloved 2003 New Line Cinema hit, ELF features songs by Tony Award nominees Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer), with a book by Tony Award winners Thomas Meehan (The Producers, Hairspray) and Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone). ELF is directed and choreographed by Tony nominee Casey Nicholaw (The Drowsy Chaperone, Monty Python's Spamalot). The official production shots have been released and appear below!

BWW TV: Sneak Peek at ELF on Broadway!
by Robert Diamond - November 12, 2010

Based on the beloved 2003 New Line Cinema hit, ELF features songs by Tony Award nomineesMatthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer), with a book by Tony Award winnersThomas Meehan (The Producers, Hairspray) and Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone). ELF is directed and choreographed by Tony nominee Casey Nicholaw (The Drowsy Chaperone, Monty Python's Spamalot). We've got the first official footage from the show which opens on Sunday night, click below to play!

Photo Flash: ELF on Broadway - First Production Shots!
by Jessica Lewis - November 8, 2010

Based on the beloved 2003 New Line Cinema hit, ELF features songs by Tony Award nominees Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer), with a book by Tony Award winners Thomas Meehan (The Producers, Hairspray) and Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone). ELF is directed and choreographed by Tony nominee Casey Nicholaw (The Drowsy Chaperone, Monty Python's Spamalot). The official production shots have been released and appear below!

BWW TV Special: Elf Shorts Part I: Music, Lyrics and Book
by Craig Brockman - November 3, 2010

Tis the season to find your 'inner elf' and BroadwayWorld is going to help! For the next few weeks, we're presenting a special series featuring the cast and creative in a close up look at putting this 'magical' show together called 'Elf Shorts.' The first feature highlights the book writers, Tony Award-winners Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin along with Tony Nominees Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin who wrote the music and lyrics. Click to learn more about taking this hilarious movie from the big screen to the Broadway stage!

Elf - The Musical FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Overture
World's Greatest Dad
In The Way
Sparklejollytwinklejingley
I'll Believe In You
In The Way- Reprise
Just Like Him
A Christmas Song
World's Greatest Dad - Reprise
Nobody Cares About Santa
Never Fall In Love (With An Elf)
There Is a Santa Claus
The Story of Buddy
Nobody Cares ... (Santa's Reprise)
A Christmas Song - Reprise
Finale
Elf - The Musical has had 8 productions including Broadway which opened in 2010, US Tour which opened in 2012, Broadway which opened in 2012, US Tour which opened in 2013, West End which opened in 2015, US Tour which opened in 2015, Off-Broadway which opened in 2017 and US Tour which opened in 2022.

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