One of the few great Christmas movies of the last decade is heading to Broadway this fall: Elf
. Based on the 2003 holiday hit, the musical adaptation opens at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre November 10 and will play through January 2, 2011. Unfortunately, Will Ferrell will not be returning to the theater (after his George Bush show) to reprise his role of Buddy, the tallest and possibly dumbest of all Santa's helpers. That part has not been cast yet, though, and nor has Zooey Deschanel's character. According to USA Today
, the role of Santa Claus, performed by Ed Asner in the movie, has just been filled by Cheers
vet George Wendt,
who previously portrayed St. Nick in the TV movie Santa Baby
(though not its sequel).
Wendt joins Mark Jacoby (in the James Caan role) and Beth Leavel (taking over for Mary Steenburgen), among others for the stage version, which has new songs written by Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin, who worked on the Wedding Singer
musical. Hopefully some of the classics, especially "Baby, It's Cold Outside," will be sung, as well. The adaptation was co-written by Thomas Meehan, who also has experience translating films to Broadway, having worked on Hairspray
, The Producers
and Young Frankenstein
What favorite part of Elf
do you hope is included in the Broadway version? The couch-jump into the tree? The mailroom table dance? The escalator ride?