We bet you every last candy cane that this festive season, both kids and adults alike will be queuing up at Mall of the Emirates, not for an audience with Santa Claus, but to be the audience for the arrival of the most-loved elf of all times, Buddy! The beloved Christmas movie character will be trekking out all the way from the North Pole to Dubai this December when Elf The Musical makes its UAE debut at The Theatre, Mall of the Emirates[/trackLink]. And we all know that the best way to spread Christmas cheer is by watching Buddy the Elf singing out loud for all to hear!
Based on the iconic 2003 Christmas movie starring Will Ferrell as the eponymous elf, this musical adaption packs all the goofball comedy, heartwarming lessons and loveable characters that make the original a classic Yuletide flick. This stage adaptation adds an extra dose of Xmas cheer with Tony Award nominees Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin’s infectious musical score that has been a hit on Broadway and West End, bringing audiences to their feet, dancing and cheering.
If the original movie hasn’t made it to your list of Christmas movie marathons, we’re going to hold back from labelling you a Grinch. Instead, we’ll embody Buddy’s large-heartedness and let you in on the plot without giving spoilers. Buddy is Santa’s not-so-little human helper who was raised as an elf when he crawled into Santa’s gift bag as a baby. After 30 years of feeling like a misfit in the North Pole, Buddy discovers his true origins and decides to head to New York City to find his birth father.
Here’s the kicker: Buddy’s real human dad is quite the scrooge and is on the Naughty List and Buddy’s on a mission to reform him in time for Christmas.
What ensues is rib-tickling hilarity as you follow the journey of a grown man in an elf costume with a fondness for maple syrup, and an honest child-like worldview that proves there’s room for Christmas cheer even in the grouchiest of hearts. The UAE premiere of Elf The Musical is a world-class production by Olivier Award-winning producer Paul Taylor-Mills, featuring spectacular sets that will transport you to the frosty peaks of the North Pole and the mean streets of the Big Apple. Talent from London’s West End as well as young actors from Dubai’s Diverse performing arts and entertainment school will bring the charming characters to life.
Elf The Musical gift wraps something for people of all ages: while kids learn that there’s room for everyone on the Nice List, adults can rediscover their inner child and find the joy in life’s little things -such as smiles, hugs and dogs – like Buddy does.