Review: Elf on Broadway

I have to admit that I didn’t go the Broadway musical Elf with huge expectations, for no reason other than the fact that I had never seen the movie with Will Ferrell and it just didn’t look like something with Culture Mom appeal.  But when I was offered a pair of tickets for a week day matinee, I jumped at the chance.  I had yet to take my 6-year-old son to a proper Broadway show and wanted him to experience the full effect, complete with the lights going down, the curtain going up and the buzz one gets from seeing actors bringing characters to life.  The set, costumes, lighting…everything that comes with a full-fledged Broadway production.

“Elf” is playing at the Hirschfeld Theater, one of my favorite NYC theaters that offers the full Broadway experience I was hoping for my son.  The show follows Buddy, a Christmas elf who finds out he is actually human and leaves the North Pole to search for his real family in New York City.

I can honestly say that my six-year-old sat on his booster quietly, with big, curious eyes for what was about happen on the stage, and he really seemed to enjoy the production.  It made me think back to my own childhood, seeing my first Broadway show.   I can’t say that I personally got into the holiday spirit as much as the rest of my fellow audience did.  Many were decked out in red and green “Elf” tee-shirts; some were wearing Christmas sweaters.  But the show was fun – with dancing, singing, humor, it certainly has an appeal.  If you love NYC, and you love Christmas, and you love Will Ferrell, you’ll like Elf.

Disclosure: These tickets were provided to me free of charge but no particular opinion was expected of me.

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