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DPAC's Dec. 4-9 presentation of Elf the Musical is part of its 2018-19 SunTrust Broadway Series

Elf the Musical at DPAC Lacks the Bubbly Magic of the 2003 Will Ferrell Film

I was hoping for some holiday cheer from Elf the Musical, a child-friendly Christmas spectacle, playing now through Sunday evening at the Durham Performing Arts Center as part of DPAC‘s 2018-19 SunTrust Broadway Series. It’s the story of Buddy, an elf made famous by Will Ferrell in the 2013 movie Elf. Unfortunately, the play lacks… Read More ›

DPAC’s Elf is Pure Christmas Magic

It’s hard to believe that it’s been fifteen years since the hit movie Elf, starring Will Ferrell, was released and became a quick classic. The movie is such a favorite that, unsurprisingly, it has been turned into a musical by the same name, onstage now at DPAC under the direction of Sam Scalamoni. For those… Read More ›

The Wedding Singer's cast includes (from left) Heather Shinpaugh, Billy Hoffman as Sammy, John Millsaps as Robbie Hart, Chris Maxwell as George, Emma Goodwin, and Brent Blakesley (photo Jess Marie Studios)

NRACT’s The Wedding Singer Dazzles, Despite Some Missteps

Wrapping up a season that began with the highly successful musical adaptation of the 1980 film 9 to 5, North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre dazzles us with another film-to-stage musical adaptation, The Wedding Singer: The Musical, based on the 1998 Adam Sandler/ Drew Barrymore comedy. NRACT’s next season will be bookended by two other… Read More ›

The Wedding Singer Will Make You Fall in Love

Back in 1998, when the film The Wedding Singer, came out, it was an instant classic, revered for its fun energy and over-the-top 80s costumes. That same fun, infectious energy that made the film so beloved is apparent in NRACT’s production of the musical version, written by Chad Beguelin and Tim Herlihy, with music by… Read More ›

Ken Clement and Will Blum will star as Santa Claus and Buddy in "Elf the Musical" on Nov. 14-17 in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium (photo by Amy Boyle Photography)

“Elf” Brings Christmas Cheer to the Triangle

Let’s just be honest about what Elf the Musical really is, at its core: fluffy fun. It’s not out to make an impact or change the world; it’s out to put a smile on your face and, if it’s lucky, to put you in the Christmas spirit in early November. Thankfully, it’s successful on both… Read More ›