You’ll Have A Jolly Good Time at “Elf”

Elf-Logo-with-TM-and-CopyrightThat’s the trouble with holiday shows. Some of them have been over done. How many times can you really see “A Christmas Carol ?” Will its Broadway in Chicago to the rescue. The gorgeous Cadillac Palace is the place for the celebration of Christmas.

“Elf” is based on the modern holiday movie starring Will Ferrell. Buddy is a fish out of water at the North Pole who searches the Big Apple for his father. Oh and did I mention Buddy is one of Santa’s elves?

Will Blum  seems to have the energy to do ten shows as “Buddy” His enthusiasm is contagious so you better watch out! He plays the role with optimism and charisma. The perfect choice to carry the show. Larry Cahn charms as Walter the father Buddy finds. His transformation is heart rendering once her realizes his mistakes (Every holiday story has this!)  Julia Louise Hosack charms with her portrayal  of the wife just trying to get her husband back from his mistress..his job. Noah Marlowe melts your heart as Michael, who embraces Buddy as his brother. His smile alone will melt your heart as I found out while encountering him at Magnolia Bakery while waiting to go to the theatre. What a cutie patootie! Lindsay Nicole Chambers voices what most of us single women  feel as Jovie, Buddy’ love. Cynicism takes the best of her. She expresses this with her gorgeous soprano belt in “Never Fall In Love”

The ensemble is another one where the cans of Red Bull must be stocked First they have to keep up with such a charismatic lead like Blum. Next the members have to be mobile when they are on their knees in musical numbers. Standout were includes of course Santa (Ken Clement)  as the narrator of this modern tale complete with pop culture references.

You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and most of all you’ll believe. Take your “Scrooge” to see “Elf” and they will be humming carols as they leave the the theatre!

“Elf” runs through December 15 at the Cadillac Palace for tickets and info go to http://www.broadwayinchicago.com/ or call 312- 977-1700

Will-Blum-in-Elf-the-Musical-Broadway-in-ChicagoWill Blum as Buddy the Elf

ELF2013-3733Buddy with his family and of course Santa Claus!

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About chitownstarconnections

Melanie Christy is am actress/singer who came to Chicago to pursue her dreams of acting. Coming from a small town in Ohio she has been enjoying the things that city life has to offer like great cuisine from all parts of the globe, parties with great people including celebrities, gorgeous fashions and of course fun! Follow her, read her blog and learn about all the amazing adventures you can be a part of throughout Chicagoland! Jennifer Hedrick is the photographer and techie for our blogs. She was born and raised here in Chicago. Her love of photography started when she was a child. She has photographed many celebs, events, fashion shows and more. She also considers herself a bit of a foodie and loves food porn. Her other loves include her nieces and nephews, animals and the shows Castle, Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Grey's Anatomy and Scandal.
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