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Friday, Dec. 13, 2013 3:22 p.m.

Buddy the Elf brings holiday cheer to Kennedy Center

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Noah Marlowe (Michael) and Will Blum (Buddy) in ELF The Musical.  © Amy Boyle Photography 2013. Photo courtesy of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Noah Marlowe (Michael) and Will Blum (Buddy) in ELF The Musical. © Amy Boyle Photography 2013. Photo courtesy of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Kelsey Renz.

Hide your maple syrup and be prepared to name your favorite color because Buddy the Elf will soon be in the nation’s capitol.

The beloved 2003 film ”Elf” has been adapted for the stage as “Elf The Musical” and will be performed at the Kennedy Center from Dec. 17. to Jan. 5 as part of a five city tour.

Like the film, the story follows Buddy the human who believes he’s an elf on his journey through the gumdrop forest and into the real world. Once arriving in New York, he proceeds to overwhelms his biological father and everyone he meets with unrelenting holiday cheer.

His childlike curiosity and attempts to understand life in a big city are both hilarious and incredibly touching.

“I think the movie has kind of become a modern classic, at least for people I know from my generation and my family,” said Darren Biggart, assistant stage manager for “Elf The Musical.”

“It’s something that people watch every year.”

Loyal fans fear not, the musical remains true to the story we love, including what Biggart calls “iconic moments” like the spaghetti and syrup scene and the scene where Buddy runs through a revolving door.

The script, created by Tony Award winning writers Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin, also includes contemporary jokes to reflect changes that have occurred since “Elf” was first featured on the big screen.

“That’s one of the most fun things about the script I think, is that it keeps things modern and fresh, and there are a lot of references that I think adults will find very funny, but it also has this heartwarming Christmas story at the heart of it that everyone can enjoy,” Biggart said.

This is the last stop on the tour this holiday season, so order your tickets today.

After surviving finals, we all deserve to be “singing loud for all to hear.”

  • GWU ALUM

    The nation’s capitol =/= the nation’s capital. The capitol, which is often located in a capital, is a building where the legislature meets. In the case of the United States, it is the Capitol Building located on Capitol Hill, in the capital city of Washington, DC. Unless the plan is for Congress to begin meeting in the Kennedy Center, the play will be in the nation’s capital.