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ELF The Musical

From 143 member  reviews
Members say: Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Quirky, Clever

About the show

This holiday musical inspired by the beloved 2003 film returns to the Theater at Madison Square Garden for a seasonal run. More…

In this family-friendly musical comedy, Buddy, a human who was raised as an elf at the North Pole, embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help the town remember the true meaning of Christmas. This year's production of 'Elf the Musical,' features George Wendt, from the long-running television series 'Cheers,' returning to star as Santa Claus, the role he originated in the Broadway production in 2010.

Member Reviews (143)


Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Quirky, Clever
Avg Score

Cliched, Fluffy, Great singing

See it if You are a fan of the story or enjoy Christmas themes with traditional characters and childish humor.

Don't see it if You prefer more original productions with less childish themes and interesting characters.

Quirky, Overrated, Cliched, Delightful

See it if You love the movie

Don't see it if They shouldn't made this into stage it's one for the kids

Entertaining, Dated, Funny, Quirky

See it if you still believe in Christmas and you are sad because people are loosing their Christmas spirit.

Don't see it if your attitude is like a Grinch and you criticize most of their blockings rather than enjoy the spirit of the show

Delightful, Funny, Great staging, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if You like light Christmas feel good stories

Don't see it if You didn’t like the movie, You are looking for spectacular music, or you are not into Christmas stories

Enchanting, Entertaining, Fluffy, Quirky, Delightful

See it if You enjoy the movie elf and silly holiday shows. Great for kids!

Don't see it if If you aren’t a fan of movies turned musicals.

Funny, Enchanting, Entertaining, Cliched, Dated

See it if you like good music, dancing & fun holiday musicals

Don't see it if you want something to think about or hum later

Quirky, Fluffy, Funny

See it if You have kids and want to get the Christmas spirit

Don't see it if If you think it will be like the movie.

Entertaining, Funny, Fluffy, Quirky

See it if You are into spreading Christmas Cheer by singing loud for all to hear.AND.... if you want to see George Wendt play Santa! He was GREAT!!!!

Don't see it if You expect it to be exactly like the film.

Delightful, Funny, Great singing

See it if You’re looking for a family-friendly holiday show.

Don't see it if you don’t like Elf the movie, since they are very similar.

Absorbing, Clever, Hilarious, Refreshing, Great writing

See it if truly a show for everyone very funny and light hearted , great cast and clever writing

Don't see it if you dont like elf the movie or hate Christmas

Fluffy, Excruciating, Disappointing, Dizzying, Ambitious

See it if You are with kids and you’ve had a few glasses of wine.

Don't see it if You want to relive the magic of the movie. This is too similar to the movie, but without Will Farrell, it doesn’t have the charm it needs.

Funny, Great staging, Delightful

See it if Elf was a funny story which made you feel like a kid again

Don't see it if You don't like Christmas stories

Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great staging, Refreshing

See it if you just want to have fun! And you will... thoroughly enjoyed myself. Makes you see Christmas and life through a Big kid's eyes.

Don't see it if you'd rather be miserable. Then you should stay home.

Cliched, Disappointing, Great singing, Slow, Overrated

See it if If you want to see Elf the movie live, go see this show. It’s pretty much the same, but without the will farrell charm.

Don't see it if If you want to have an enjoyable evening.

Quirky, Refreshing, Delightful, Funny, Entertaining

See it if its around christmas time, even if you've never seen the movie, and if you're with family

Don't see it if youre not looking for a cheery feel good cliche christmas show with slight hints of humor

Funny, Entertaining, Refreshing, Hilarious, Delightful

See it if Bring the whole family to get everyone into the Christmas Spirit! We all grinned through the whole show...

Don't see it if The show follows the movie, and all of those funny moments are there. Not a show to be analyzed or critiqued... just enjoyed.

Ambitious, Funny

See it if You want a light, funny Christmas show

Don't see it if You are expecting Will Ferrell

Great staging, Fluffy, Entertaining, Enchanting

See it if love elf and christmas, it's a musical to put you in the spirit

Don't see it if the Madison ushers letting kids run around the entire arena

Must see, Hilarious, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You love Christmas!

Don't see it if You don't want to see a show with kids in the audience.

Entertaining, Great singing, Christmassy underwhelming

See it if You have never seen the movie

Don't see it if You love set designs

Clever, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You want a funny holiday show and enjoy some great music. The original songs to this show wete great.

Don't see it if You’re expected Will Ferrell type delivery. Could have used less random curse words though... we brought kids.

Delightful, Enchanting, Funny

See it if You need something family friendly

Don't see it if You want a serious production

Disappointing, Fluffy

See it if Probably okay for children. See it if you like unmemorable, cheap songs.

Don't see it if You are a purest of the elf movie. Plenty of jokes and plot points are changed and the writing isn’t as good.

Funny, Great acting, Delightful, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You love comical storylines and Christmas plots.

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy holiday moves or prefer a more serious storyline.

Fluffy, Entertaining, Raunchy, Quirky, Funny

See it if You loved the movie, and want to recapture the Christmas magic! If you have kids! If you want a show with a great message and lots of heart!

Don't see it if You're not in the moods for a kid-geared show, with little original substance.

December 18th, 2017
"'Elf the Musical' is your answer to reveling and rediscovering the Christmas spirit for you and your loved ones...Original songs will fill you with the Christmas spirit and have you humming the songs long after the show is over...Gratton's portrayal of the lovable elf captures an innocence and g...
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December 14th, 2017
“One of the main themes of 'Elf' is the importance of bringing the Christmas spirit back to a downtrodden, overworked and gloomy population of Americans that we call typical New Yorkers. Well, it does as exactly what it says on the tin, as they say...The upside - and this really knocked my bell-j...
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December 18th, 2015
for a previous production "'Elf' seemed a little lost onstage, its sets flimsy, its good cheer not quite infectious. In Eric Petersen, it can claim a particularly spirited and winning Buddy…There is generally fine work from everyone else, even the elf chorus, whose members must perform several numbers on their knees...The...
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December 19th, 2013
for a previous production "Director Sam Scalamoni’s production, with a lot of flat scenery by Christine Peters, is visually chintzy in its renderings of North Pole workshops and Manhattan skylines. It’s hard to describe the performances when the enterprise is so cartoonish; the actors all seem capable, yet they rarely get...
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