The Christmas canon is a hard club to crack, even with the aid of a nutcracker. But in my book, the 2003 comedy Elf is right up there with It’s a Wonderful Life, A Christmas Story, and Die Hard on the list of required Yuletide viewing. Now it’s being turned into a Broadway musical set to open in November, just in time for the holiday season.
Elf the Musical will be written by Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone) and may eventually star Christian Anderson of Avenue Q as the oversized eponymous elf of the title, originally played by Will Ferrell in one of his most spirited roles. Of course, this is only the latest in a long line of movies being turned into musicals: see The Producers, Hairspray, High Fidelity, Billy Elliot, Mary Poppins, 9 to 5, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Legally Blonde, Young Frankenstein, and pretty much every Disney film made in the 1990s. Personally, I’m just waiting for Speed: The Musical: “You think you’re so great, we’ll see just what you got/Sharpen up your pencil, Pop…Quiz…HOTSHOT!”
What do you guys think? Excited for Elf the Musical?