Here’s something better than jamming to Christmas carols at home. Buddy the Elf is going to get you to sing along in front of other people when he steps out of the TV screen and onto a stage right here in Dubai! Elf The Musical’s inaugural shows take the stage at The Theatre, Mall of The Emirates on December 17. Luckily for you, tickets to the international stage show’s hotly anticipated UAE debut are still available.
This musical adaptation of the classic Christmas film that’s beloved by children and adults alike is the perfect fun family activity that will leave both the little ones and the grown-ups deliriously happy. And that too without the involvement of any candy canes, candy corns, syrup or other sugary treats! Will Ferrell’s iconic slapstick humour from the original 2003 movie will be recreated on stage by brilliant actors from London’s West End. The musical will also showcase the talent of aspiring young actors from Dubai’s Diverse performing arts and entertainment school.
In the tradition of musicals, there will be foot-tapping song-and-dance routines set to the peppy music created for the show by Tony Award nominees Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin. During it’s world-tour, the show has captured the imagination and hearts of New York’s Broadway and London’s West End audiences, and you can enjoy this world-class performance right here in Dubai when it premieres on December 17.
Elf, the movie has been a staple Xmas watch with its whacky tale of Buddy, a 30-year-old human man who grew up in the North Pole with Santa Claus and his elves and identifies as an elf. Upon discovering his heritage, Buddy hikes out to New York City to find his actual father who is, much to Buddy’s despair, in the Naughty List because he doesn’t have an ounce of Christmas spirit. Buddy’s ridiculous antics to redeem his greedy dad, his crazy Elf costume, absurd habits (maple syrup on spaghetti, anyone?) and the many endearing and infuriating characters he encounters along the way – including the love of his life – will take viewers on a hilarious yet heartwarming trip that will hammer home the importance of Christmas cheer.
This production by Olivier Award-winning producer Paul Taylor-Mills is going to be a highlight of Dubai’s cultural calendar. For those of you who’ve got friends and family visiting over the festive season, this cheery musical is a fabulous way to introduce them to the city’s thriving arts and culture scene and save you and from your 100th Burj Khalifa visit.
So what are you waiting for? Add ‘watching Elf The Musical’ to your holiday to-do list of making ginger bread houses, eating cookie dough, going ice skating and holding hands with your loved ones. This message is approved by Buddy the elf.