Elf: The Broadway Musical

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All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
Met with an underwhelming critical reception but a hugely enthusiastic public reaction, Elf: The Broadway Musical broke box-office records three times at its Al Hirschfeld Theatre venue, grossing over a million dollars during the Christmas week and becoming the third biggest Broadway show of the 2010 Thanksgiving weekend. Composed by Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin (both previously responsible for The Wedding Singer), this official soundtrack of the Casey Nicholaw-directed production suggests the wildly contrasting responses should have been somewhere in the middle. Based on the 2003 Will Ferrell comedy, which sees a North Pole "elf" attempt to reunite with his New York ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
Met with an underwhelming critical reception but a hugely enthusiastic public reaction, Elf: The Broadway Musical broke box-office records three times at its Al Hirschfeld Theatre venue, grossing over a million dollars during the Christmas week and becoming the third biggest Broadway show of the 2010 Thanksgiving weekend. Composed by Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin (both previously responsible for The Wedding Singer), this official soundtrack of the Casey Nicholaw-directed production suggests the wildly contrasting responses should have been somewhere in the middle. Based on the 2003 Will Ferrell comedy, which sees a North Pole "elf" attempt to reunite with his New York father after discovering he's actually a regular human being, its 17 numbers echo the playful nature of the plot line, with Doug Besterman's jaunty orchestral arrangements the perfect foil for the relentless comic one-liners and classic show tune melodies. But despite the best efforts of Sebastian Arcelus (in the lead role of Buddy), Amy Spanger (who plays love interest Jovie), and Mark Jacoby (who stars as the workaholic dad Walter), the first half of the show is pretty undistinguished, with only "I'll Believe in You," a heartfelt waltz-style ballad where Emily (Beth Leavel) and Michael (Matthew Gumley) declare that their belief in Santa will only be restored if they get to spend more time with Walter, standing out from the routine dance numbers and unremarkable singalongs. However, the second act is much more likely to inspire some festive cheer, whether it's "Nobody Cares About Santa," a big-band showstopper performed by a group of out-of-work Santas at a Chinese restaurant, the regretful romanticism of "Never Fall in Love (With an Elf)," or the feel-good tap dancing "Finale." Elf: The Broadway Musical never really reaches the heights of its composers' previous score, but it's still a fun, if lightweight, companion to one of the most popular Hollywood-to-Broadway adaptations of recent times.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/1/2011
  • Label: Ghostlight
  • UPC: 791558445329
  • Catalog Number: 84453
  • Sales rank: 62,477

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Overture - Original Broadway Cast (1:03)
  2. 2 Christmastown - Sebastian Arcelus (3:34)
  3. 3 World's Greatest Dad - Sebastian Arcelus (3:35)
  4. 4 In the Way - Matthew Gumley (2:28)
  5. 5 Sparklejollytwinklejingley - Sebastian Arcelus (3:48)
  6. 6 I'll Believe in You - Matthew Gumley (2:39)
  7. 7 In The Way (Reprise) - Beth Leavel (0:51)
  8. 8 Just Like Him - Sebastian Arcelus (3:28)
  9. 9 A Christmas Song - Sebastian Arcelus (3:02)
  10. 10 World's Greatest Dad (Reprise) - Sebastian Arcelus (1:12)
  11. 11 Nobody Cares About Santa - Sebastian Arcelus (4:09)
  12. 12 Never Fall in Love (With an Elf) - Amy Spanger (2:54)
  13. 13 There Is a Santa Claus - Matthew Gumley (2:25)
  14. 14 The Story of Buddy the Elf - Sebastian Arcelus (4:04)
  15. 15 Nobody Cares About Santa (Reprise) - George Wendt (0:52)
  16. 16 A Christmas Song (Reprise) - Sebastian Arcelus (3:15)
  17. 17 Finale (3:40)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mark Jacoby Vocals
Amy Spanger Vocals
Beth Leavel Vocals
Michael McCormick Vocals
Michael Mandell Vocals
George Wendt Vocals
Valerie Wright Vocals
Matthew Gumley Vocals
Phil Reno Synthesizer, Conductor
Mat Eisenstein Synthesizer
Sebastian Arcelus Vocals
Elf: the Broadway Musical Pit Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Elf: the Broadway Musical Cast Ensemble Choir, Chorus
Technical Credits
Sheldon Harnick Liner Notes
David Chase Dance Arrangement
Mark Wilder Mastering
Matthew Sklar Composer, Producer
David Lai Producer
Isaiah Abolin Engineer
Casey Nicholaw Stage Direction
Bob Martin Book
Chad Beguelin Lyricist
Phil Reno Vocal Arrangements, Music Direction
Jessica Disbrow Talley Art Direction
Thomas Meehan Book
Doug Besterman Orchestration
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2011

    WHERE IS THE CD?

    I preordered this cd and it still hasn't shipped! It says it's released and it is released on itunes, amazon and ghostlight. Why can't I get it? Not pleased with BN's service as I have been awaiting this cd for months!

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