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Elf Reviews

Broadway ShowsMusicalsHoliday & Christmas ShowsFamily ShowsTheatre for Kids and Families

Average customer review: 3.0 star rating (3.1 Stars)

Number of reviews: 12



5.0 star rating Stage-lover from Suburban Philly, Pennsylvania


I loved Chris in The Buddy Holly Story and now he's Buddy again in Elf. Chris possesses a character with body movements and facial expressions that convince us that we're privileged to get to share in the story and make it part of our own legacy. I honestly didn't know what to expect with this show...and in fact were prepared to be ho-hummed as we were with the movie Elf. But we loved it because of the energy and sheer joy that is on stage. It's a holiday show that delivers and will endure, I'm sure. I'm planning to see it again and will bring a few fairy-tale loving friends with me.

5.0 star rating Diane Cunningham from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Enjoyed this so much , a huge thank you to our son and Dau- in -law for this wonderful show. !!

5.0 star rating Betsy Mcgrew from Glencoe Illinois


The entire cast, the staging, the choreography, the voices, orchestrations and so on and so on ....outstanding and a thrill to watch. I work at a library and told s o many patrons to drop everything and get tickets pronto! !. I still can'tt get over Buddy and the exquisite cast who backed him up. ...Kevin , Roger, Cam, Dara ....all of you...congratulations! I'm seeing you guys again. Talent and laughter abounds. And, James, I'm still laughing

4.0 star rating Leslie from Richmond, Virginia


Loved it! Loved the music, dancing and fun. Definitely different from the film, but refreshingly so. Special kudos to the vocals of the young man who played Michael. His voice was incredible! The actor who played Buddy was perfect for the role. Deb was a hoot (and quite a dancer!) and Jovy also had some dynamite pipes. Enjoy and don't take it too seriously. It is light hearted fun and you will walk away smiling. What more could you ask for? Would have given 5 stars but felt the main Santa was rather bland and a bit of a disappointment and I found Emily's character in the play odd.

3.5 star rating Anonymous from Detroit, Michigan


This is something you should take your children to see if you want to share a theatre experience with them...NOT a date night for adults. It did not compare on any level to the movie and left us wondering what happened. It is not that the cast did a bad job...but elf was such a hysterical movie the musical just did not meet our expectations. This would be a nice family play to watch with your kids if you have young children but would recommend something else for a more adult crowd or for those looking for a proper rendition of the Elf movie with Will Ferrell.

3.0 star rating Disappointed grandmother from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


So disappointed by the adult language and sexual innuendos in a "children's theme play" . Not appropriate for young children on so many levels,especially the whole "not believing " story line.

3.0 star rating Anonymous from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


The show was funny and entertaining at times, but my husband and I were disappointed with the unnecessary use of foul language, adult humor and sexual innuendos. We wanted to enjoy a Christmas show with our 3 children without having to explain sexual content on the drive home!! We'll stick to the movie version with Will Ferrell......

2.0 star rating Jay Sullivan from , Illinois


My family and In-Laws love the move Elf so we were very excited to see this production. The plot follows about 20% of the movie plot and they had a very good production and acting.. The disappointment is they made some plot and dialogue changes that made it not kid friendly. Elf yells "screw you", the store manager talks to Elf about getting the Jovie character home and into bed, they say "Hell" in various ways and stress the questioning of a belief in Santa very frequently with the reporter at one point saying "nobody believes in Santa!". Looking around the theater, they majority of people had young kids who presumably wanted an Elf themed show in a "G" environment and to enjoy a theater experience. If they remove this teen themed additions, I could recommend it. I would not see it again or recommend it based on how it is.

2.0 star rating from Toronto, Ontario


I was so disappointed by this Musical. First I found it kind of boring and all the funny charming scenes from the movie are left out. The jokes weren't funny and there was no need for the foul language after all this is kids movie. Also the sexual connotations weren't necessary at all again a kids movie and just plain not necessary as they didn't add anything except make parents cringe. The cast was great though just had bad material to work with. Wouldn't recommend it. Best to stay home watch the movie and buy something that will last with the money you would have spent...:)

2.0 star rating Wiarton Willy from Toronto, Ontario


The set design was execellent.... performers were exceptional to say the least.... overall a lack luster production.... it seems the US producrion was superior.

2.0 star rating Kathleen from New jersey


UNENJOYABLE: It was a contest of who could play louder then the other. I blame the sound engineers they should be fired. The sound was setup for Madison Square Garden they didn’t realize they were in Count Basic Theater. It was painfully disappointing.

1.0 star rating from Denver, Colorado


This is the first time I’ve left Online review for anything. We were very disappointed with the language, sexual innuendo, and general inappropriateness for kids. We would’ve left in the middle of the show if that would have not caused more difficulty for children then just staying and sticking it out. Our eight-year-old was very sad about some of the language that he heard in the show. We’re also left to wonder whether the sexual innuendo is something that we will have to explain to the children. Regardless, it wasn’t particularly good show, but we had gone for the kids anyway who, along with their parents, love the movie. My advice: stick to the movie, or, at the very least, don’t take kids.


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