Show History



Elf The Musical, with a book by Tony winners Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone) and Thomas Meehan (The Producers), music by Matthew Sklar (The Wedding Singer), and lyrics by Chad Beguelin, (The Wedding Singer) is a musical comedy based on the 2003 holiday film of the same name.  The original film starred Will Ferrell and Zooey Deschanel, and quickly became a Christmas classic.  The musical brought together the vintage comic styles of Martin and Meehan with the high-energy contemporary music of Sklar and Beguelin.


Elf premiered on Broadway at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre on November 24, 2010, after an industry reading the year before.  It ran for a limited engagement during the holiday season until January 2, 2011, after 57 performances.  The next holiday season in 2012, the production company NETworks launched a "mini-tour" of the musical, traveling all the way from Rhode Island to Florida.

With a large success from the original production, Elf returned to the Al Hirschfeld Theatre on November 9, 2012.  It ran until January 6, 2013, and contained a revised book and a completely new opening number.  The changes in the musical carried through to two separate national tours that started in 2013, one union and one non-union.  Outside of Broadway, the show has seen a fair amount of engagement.  The 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle produced its first regional production, while the Neptune Theatre in Halifax, Nova Scotia housed the international premiere.

Cultural Influence

  • Elf broke box office records at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre three times during its first run.  It currently holds the highest box office total for any show at that theatre.
  • The original run of Elf was the third-best selling show in the 2010 Thanksgiving weekend, behind Wicked and The Lion King.


  • Elf was nominated for a Drama League Award for Distinguished Production of a Musical in 2011.
  • Celebrities that have starred in Elf include:  George Wendt (Santa), Wayne Knight (Santa), Beth Leavel (Emily), Sebastian Arcelus (Buddy), Amy Spanger (Jovie), Mark Jacoby (Walter), Jordan Gelber (Buddy), and Matthew Gumley (Michael).