Elf The Musical Review

I received tickets to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own.

Last night my family attended Elf the Musical at the Fox Theatre in Detroit. Elf is one of my favorite movies, so I was excited!

My daughter and husband.
Both of my girls are involved in the theater, so it's a treat for them to get to see a show they're not in. It makes them appreciate everything. Right away, my eyes went to the fantastic scenery and props used in this musical. I loved the snowflakes and the paintings on the set.

The singing and dancing in the show were fantastic. I didn't catch one little slip. Along with the singing was a live orchestra. It was extraordinary to hear live music with the talented singing.

I had to ask my family what was their favorite parts from the show. My husband, Matt, enjoyed the dance numbers the most. My ten-year-old daughter loved Buddy the best. My teenager loved the adult humor. Why does that not surprise me? I enjoyed watching the talent. I don't think anyone can compare to Will Ferrell in the role of Buddy, though.

Here are a few tips. This production is not a junior show so if you bring small children beware.You will find there is foul language and quite a bit of adult humor. I wouldn't quite put the show as PG-13. The language is comparable to something you would see on network television.

Should you see this show? Yes, hurry and pick up your tickets using the below information before this show is gone!


NETworks Presentations, LLC, Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures and Unique Features, bring the Broadway musical ELF to the Fox Theatre from Tuesday, November 15 through Sunday, November 20.

Tickets ($35, $45, $55, $65 and $75) are on sale now and can be purchased at OlympiaEntertainment.com, the Fox Theatre and Joe Louis Arena box offices, Hockeytown Authentics in Troy (without service charge) at all Ticketmaster locations and Ticketmaster.com. To charge tickets by phone, call (800) 745-3000. Fifth Third Bank Fox Theatre season subscription packages up to 20% and discounts for groups are on sale now, for details call (313) 471-3099. For additional information, call (313) 471-6611.

ELF is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. This modern day Christmas classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner ELF.

Based on the beloved 2003 New Line Cinema hit, ELF features songs by Tony Award nominees Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer), with a book by Tony Award winners Thomas Meehan (Annie, The Producers, Hairspray) and Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone)The production will feature direction by Sam Scalamoni and choreography by Connor Gallagher. 

Casting will be announced at a later date.

The New York Times says that ELF is “A SPLASHY, PEPPY, SUGAR-SPRINKLED HOLIDAY ENTERTAINMENT!” USA Today calls ELF “ENDEARINGLY GOOFY!” Variety proclaims, “ELF is happy enough for families, savvy enough for city kids and plenty smart for adults!” 

Additional information about ELF is available at www.ElfTheMusicalOnTour.com.

Performance Schedule:

Wednesday, Nov. 16  7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 17       7:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 18            7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 19       2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 20         1 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.



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