Elf Heads to Broadway

December 18, 2009  |  5:00pm

“The best way to spread Christmas Cheer is singing loud for all to hear.” So says Buddy the Elf.

With that in mind, Will Ferrell’s holiday-themed romp, Elf (2003), is now being turned into a Broadway musical, produced by Warner Brothers. Already written and workshopped, an elaborate staged reading was held last week in New York to surprisingly good buzz.

The show’s book is written by Thomas Meehan (Hairspray, The Producers) and Bob Martin (Drowsy Chaperone), with a new score by Matt Sklar and Chad Beguelin (the recent Broadway version of The Wedding Singer).

Elf the musical will hit the Great White Way next Christmas. So as he heads to New York, Buddy would do well to remember this piece of advice from Santa Claus: “If you see gum on the street, leave it there. It isn’t free candy.” Sage advice indeed.

Watch this clip of Zooey Deschanel singing with Will Ferrell in Elf:

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