The Broadway musical tour production of Elf the Musical, inspired by the film, is up at the Straz Center’s Carol Morsani Hall this weekend, through Sun., Nov. 25.
I took my 8-year-old nephew, Mason Courtney, to see it this past Tuesday night. Just walking into the lobby got us excited for the holiday themed musical. Christmas trees twinkling; people wearing antlers and Santa hats; jars and jars of candy and treats. The anticipation of the upcoming holiday trumped the anxiety of the thought of last-minute present shopping.
Elf the Musical continued to keep us filled with holiday fuzziness throughout the show. Matt Kopec, though no Will Ferrell (but who can be really?), was delightful as Buddy. He was bubbly and his smile was infectious. The sets and the costumes were bright and inviting. Though entertaining, at 160-minutes, the show felt a little too long. Even when asking Mason what his favorite part was he sarcastically replied, “The end.” He also admitted, as much as an 8-year-old boy will admit, that he liked the songs and the sets.
The tune "Sparklejollytwinklejingley was especially entertaining, and had people singing along by the end.
In all, Elf the Musical is a great way to start the holiday season. It’s sweet and sugary and full of merriment. So much so, a dentist visit may be in order.
Fri., Nov 23, and Sat., Nov. 24, at 2 and 8 p.m., and Sun., Nov. 25, at 1 and 6:30 p.m. at the Straz Center’s Carol Morsani Hall, 1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. Regularly priced tickets start at $38.50; 813-229-7827.