Thursday, July 24, 2014

Santa's Little Helpers

From Broadway to Chicago, it's Elf the Musical

Full_newman

What happens when you combine Elf, Book of Mormon, and Seinfeld?
 
Laughter. Disbelief. Christmas wishes answered.

Also, former Broadway play Elf the Musical, now playing at Cadillac Palace Theatre through December 15.
 
While Will Ferrell was busy sculpting his guns in preparation for Ron Burgundy's return in Anchorman II, the role of Buddy the Elf is played by Boardwalk Empire/Sopranos actor Jordan Gelber, who nails Farrell's childlike innocence and likability.
 
Directed by Book of Mormon’s Casey Nicholaw, the five-city touring musical melds a classic Broadway feel with the oddball energy we've all come to expect from Hollywood’s favorite Christmas classic.
 
The two-hour performance faithfully follows much of the plot of the movie, from maple syrup spaghetti-eating to ice skating at Rockefeller Plaza, adding goofy jokes and songs including the rowdy parody “Nobody Cares About Santa.”
 
And the best part? The role of Santa is played by none other than Wayne Knight, a.k.a. Newman from Seinfeld, who brings the former mailman’s manic energy to the stage with hilarious results.
 
It's a Festivus miracle.

Elf the Musical
Tuesdays-Sundays thru December 15
Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph St., Loop
(312) 977-1700
broadwayinchicago.com
 
Tickets: $25-125 here
Subway: Brown, Orange, Pink, Purple Line to Washington/Wells
Nearby: Monk’s Pub; La Cocina; The Florentine

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