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Elf the Musical Reviews

Holiday & Christmas ShowsMusicalsFamily Shows

Average customer review: 2.5 star rating (2.7 Stars)

Number of reviews: 31



4.0 star rating Linda Bishop from Jacksonville, Florida


This actor for the elf does a better job than Will Ferrell in my opinion.

4.0 star rating from Leaf River, Illinois


First of all, I would like to say that the Drury Theatre is very classy and beautiful!. We had never been there, and we were pleasantly surprised and pleased! We brought our granddaughters (age 7 and 9) to the play for an enriching evening out. Overall, the play was very entertaining and it kept the kids’ attention, but some of the sexual innuendos were not needed or appreciated. Buddy the Elf should be entertainment for children. I just don’t understand why the writers needed to add unnecessary language, smoking, and sexual comments to a kid-friendly play. Let’s let kids be kids.

3.5 star rating Anonymous from Detroit, Michigan


This is something you should take your children to see if you want to share a theatre experience with them...NOT a date night for adults. It did not compare on any level to the movie and left us wondering what happened. It is not that the cast did a bad job...but elf was such a hysterical movie the musical just did not meet our expectations. This would be a nice family play to watch with your kids if you have young children but would recommend something else for a more adult crowd or for those looking for a proper rendition of the Elf movie with Will Ferrell.

3.0 star rating Disappointed grandmother from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


So disappointed by the adult language and sexual innuendos in a "children's theme play" . Not appropriate for young children on so many levels,especially the whole "not believing " story line.

3.0 star rating Anonymous from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


The show was funny and entertaining at times, but my husband and I were disappointed with the unnecessary use of foul language, adult humor and sexual innuendos. We wanted to enjoy a Christmas show with our 3 children without having to explain sexual content on the drive home!! We'll stick to the movie version with Will Ferrell......

3.0 star rating Jason from Detroit, Michigan


This is a tricky one to rate. On one hand, the scenery and costumes were quite fun and well done. Production did a good job. The actors (especially the leading actor) were all quite talented. Strong performances all around. The issue was the content. The songs are basic, and the plot was boring. The overall plot deviates quite a bit from the movie (I'd say it was 35% based on the movie). It's like it was rewritten for children, but then with occasional adult humor thrown into the mix. Honestly, most of it will go over any kid's head, so don't sweat it. It just seems out of place given everything else. Definitely not a play I would see on a date night. It's better for family.

3.0 star rating Cathleen from Chicago, Illinois


I love the theater itself …classy and great seating. The actors were great, but I was very disappointed with some of the language, adult humor and sexual innuendos. It was not necessary or appropriate. I felt a woke agenda was pushed on the audience, stick to entertainment please.


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