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Why see Elf the Musical?

Say Hello to Buddy the Elf!

Based on the beloved movie starring Will Ferrell and Zoey Deschanel, this show first premiered on Broadway in 2010, and has since been inducted into the canon of classic Christmas shows. Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin provided the bouncy score, while the book came courtesy of Broadway vet Thomas Meehan (Annie) and comedian Bob Martin.

This critically acclaimed musical is a joyful addition to holiday theatre, with enough hi-tech wizardry and songs to keep the kids engrossed, as well as plenty of jokes for the adults.


When Santa is out delivering his presents to the world's children, little does he know that he has picked up an unexpected visitor; an orphaned baby boy has crawled into his present sack, and he is unknowingly whisked off to the North Pole. Years later, the boy, Buddy, now a fully grown man, is confronted with a startling truth; he is not in fact an elf, but a human. With Santa's permission, he heads off to the bright lights of New York City to discover his real birth family.

When he arrives in the Big Apple, everything is a shock to him; New Yorkers are seriously lacking in Christmas spirit, and his father Walter is a surly book publisher more concerned with the bottom line rather than spending time with his family. It is up to Buddy to inject Christmas spirit into the city of New York, as well as bring his real family back together.


In the original film, Buddy's real name was never revealed - but in the musical we find out what he was originally called. What is it, you ask? Sorry, you'll have to watch the musical to find out!

Key Information


Please note, although Elf is billed for all audiences, some humor may be inappropriate for Children. Parental Guidance is advised.

Run Time

Two hours and 15 minutes with one intermission


Dec 13 - 15


Lyrics by Chad Beguelin
Music by Matthew Sklar
Book by Bob Martin and Thomas Meehan
Directed by San Scalamoni
Choreography by Connor Gallagher
Scenic Design by Christine Peters
Costume Design by Gregg Barnes
Lighting Design by Paul Miller
Sound Design by Shannon Slaton
Hair and Wig Design by Bernie Ardia


Customer reviews

31 reviews, average rating: (2.7 Stars)

Ami DePierro

Spreads Holiday Cheer with Every Note

"Elf: The Musical" is a joyous spectacle that earns its five stars with ease. Max Chernin shines as Buddy the Elf, infusing the stage with infectious energy. Jim Bray's dual roles as Mr. Greenway/Santa are doubly delightful, and Sean Allen Krill's standout performance as Walter Hobbs adds to the brilliance. The entire cast's talent, coupled with charming choreography, creates an unforgettable holiday experience. A magical escapade filled with laughter, heartwarming moments, and festive spirit - a must-see for a perfect dose of seasonal cheer! ... Read more

Ruby Turner


Excellent performance by all cast members ... Read more

Gary Peters

Great performance by all!

New Year’s Eve in Oak Brook was such a great night.We weren’t sure what to expect but that was fun!Everyone showed great acting and musical skills Thanks to all who made that night a pure blast!Happy New Year !!!You Rock!!! ... Read more

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