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ELF – Dominion Theatre

In Children's theatre, Features, London theatre, Musicals, Opinion, Reviews by Edward SeckersonLeave a Comment

There’s nothing wrong with Elf that a decent song or two wouldn’t help put right. Oh, wait, there is one – “Nobody Cares About Santa” – which bucks up act two no end and turns rather deliciously into a chorus line of Santas with swinging sacks. But it’s also the only moment where Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin’s score actually embellishes the comedy and lifts the show to a level of invention it otherwise never achieves. That number is set in a Chinese restaurant where New York’s Santas go for the hot and sour soup special at the end of another grim season of promising kids expensive gaming packages while they text on their mobiles. It’s wonderfully cynical and almost touching.

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Press pass: Reviews and everything else you need to know about Elf the Musical

In Children's theatre, Features, London theatre, Musicals, News, Opinion, Pantomimes, Photos, Quotes, Reviews by Terri PaddockLeave a Comment

Maybe I’m just an old softie. Okay, yes, let’s admit it, I am. I’m also a lifelong believer in the restorative power of Christmas music which, like Katrina and the Waves’ “Walkin’ on Sunshine”, is my go-to Spotify choice if I’m feeling down – never mind if it’s a July heatwave, sleigh bells have been […]

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NEWS: Full cast announced for Elf’s West End Christmas

In Broadway, Children's theatre, London theatre, Musicals, News, Pantomimes, Press Releases, Regional theatre by Press ReleasesLeave a Comment

The full cast for the London premiere of the smash hit musical Elf has been announced. The company is led by Ben Forster as Buddy, Kimberley Walsh as Jovie, Joe McGann as Walter Hobbs and Jessica Martin as Emily Hobbs, with Jennie Dale as Deb, Mark McKerracher as Santa and Graham Lappin as Store Manager. Also in the cast are Katie …

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NEWS: Denise Van Outen, Michael Xavier, Kimberley Walsh and Kerry Hall lead Cadogan Hall Sweet Charity concert

In Broadway, Musicals, News, Press Releases by Caroline Hanks-FarmerLeave a Comment

Cadogan Hall presents the concert version of Sweet Charity with musical theatre stars Denise Van Outen (as Charity), Michael Xavier, Kimberley Walsh and Kerry Ellis. The soloists are joined by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra and Arts Ed Chorale, under musical director Richard Balcombe. The creative team is completed by stage director Paul Foster and choreographer Matt Flint.