Thursday, December 11, 2014

Elf Review by Oliva Phaneuf of Webb


It’s beginning to look and feel a lot like Christmas! After seeing Elf the musical on Monday November 10th at the Stanley, I’ve been feeling in the Christmas spirit!! Before I saw the show I was very skeptical about it. I wasn’t really sure what to think about one of my favorite Christmas movies being transformed into a Broadway musical, but once it was intermission I really realized that this show was actually pretty good! One of my favorite songs was “Nobody Cares About Santa” this song had a jazzy feel to it. At the opening of this song i could hear either a clarinet or a soprano sax solo which was wicked good! From my seat I could even see the Bari Sax player in the pit! The choreography of this show was great! Ally and I had a chance to talk to Daniel Patrick Smith at the Elf cast party and he said “that the choreography looked easy if you watch but doing it and learning it was difficult, there were a lot of little moves!” I do have to say that I was a little disappointed with the backdrops. I thought it seemed oversized, maybe they belonged in a cartoon,even though it was Elf. I think maybe they could have done a better job with the backdrops of New York. The big number that really sealed the “I like this show” deal was “The Story of Buddy the Elf” this number was huge! The actors seemed to have so much energy in this song! I still have this song stuck in my head! I would just like to thank the Broadway Theater League, and the Bank of Utica for giving us Youth Ambassadors the chance to see these great shows! Can’t wait for Nice Work if You Can Get It! @broadwaytheatreleagueofutica #BTLYAP

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