Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Cotton-Headed-Ninny-Muggins {Elf the Musical Review}

I have been excited for the last week because the David A. Straz, Jr. Center was kind enough to give some Tampa Bloggers tickets for Tampa's opening night of Elf the Musical. I used to attend musicals all the time as a child in the Cincinnati area; but this was my first time attending one as an adult. It was also my first time getting to see a musical on opening night. Walking up to the Straz Center I was transported back to my 6 year old self. There were lights every where, Santa Claus was outside the theater, patron's were pulling up in limo's, other patrons were dressed as though it were opening night in New York City and there were even a few local celebrity sightings ("Copper Top" from Mix 100.7 was standing near me in line...).

To be honest...I didn't know what to expect going into the Elf Musical. I have only seen Elf once and it was years ago. I liked it, but I am not a Will Ferrell fan (let the hate mail begin!). Thankfully, this musical brought another dimension to "Buddy the Elf". I LOVED the musical.

One of the first things that you should know is that this musical is approximately 160 minutes (including a 15 minute intermission). There are snacks, drinks and even Elf merchandise that can be purchased outside the theater. Another thing you should know is that the musical contains some adult language and references. Most children would not understand the references, but parents should be aware.

Matt Kopec (Buddy) and Gordon Gray (Santa) in “Elf The Musical.” Photo by Joan Marcus

Elf the Musical opened with Santa Claus. After a few funny minutes, he decides to tell the audience the story of "Buddy the Elf". Matt Kopec does an amazing job as Buddy. He will captivate you and have you asking "Will who?" by the end of the first song. Kopec bought out the true innocence and sweetness of Buddy the Elf. Another pleasant surprise was young Connor Barth who plays Michael (Buddy's Brother). This young actor did a superb job. I can't imagine being his age and having the discipline and skills that he demonstrated at the musical last night. Other performers to note are Katie Hennies as Jovie (she has an amazing voice) and Julia Louise Hosack as Emily.

I was also happily surprised by how dang funny this musical was. There were jokes spread throughout the musical that picked at current affairs and celebrities and even the audience a little (Santa grabs a phone and talks about how annoying it is to have a cell phone go off in the middle of the story).

Elf the Musical is only in Tampa for a short time, so make sure you check it out! Tampa tour dates that are left are:

Wed. 21st: 7:30 p.m.
Fri. 23rd: 2pm and 8 p.m.
Sat. 24th: 2pm and 8 p.m.
Sun. 25th: 1pm and 6:30 p.m.

You can also check out the  Elf The Musical on Tour page for other cities that they will be performing in. Don't miss this one! If you do you are a Cotton-Headded-Ninny-Muggins! 

Disclaimer: I was provided with free tickets in exchange for this review. I was not compensated in any other way. All opinions are my own.


Lauren said...

This musical looks too cute, I loved the movie might have to check this out :-)

Debbie Lappen said...

Thank you for the great review. I really did like the movie but seeing it live would be awesome!

Terri Herman said...

Thanks for the review. It looks cute! Too bad I live so far away.

Marissa Poon said...

looks entertaining! Would love to watch it!

Denise Taylor-Dennis said...

I would love to see this sometime. Elf is one of my all time favorite movies.

jenzen69 said...

We love Buddy the Elf, I would love to see the musical

Caitlan Meador said...

I loved Elf because of Zooey Deshannel, I had no idea there was a musical! I would love to see it :)

Don said...

Wow! can't believe they made a musical out of the Elf, would love to see it ;)

candigrl_cv said...

WOW!! this has got to be awesome to see, I didn't know they had a musical of Elf.. would love to see this someday :) Thanks for the great review @tisonlyme143

Carla Bonesteel said...

This is great! I know a few people who loved the movie so much, they will be ecstatic to see it live! I'm glad you enjoyed yourself.

Maria Iemma said...

Elf is one of those movies that is family friendly and lots of fun. I know my kids liked the movie and we will try and see it if the production comes to our area.