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'Elf' sings its way into Tennessee Theatre

November 9, 2013

YellowBrix

Nov. 09--The Tennessee Theatre's next installment of touring Broadway musicals is a Christmas holiday-themed froth of a show based on a Will Ferrell film.

"Elf the Musical" plays 2 and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16 and 1 and 6:30 p.m. Nov. 17 at the 600 S. Gay St. theater. Tickets, before service charges, are $37, $52, $67 or $77 and available at Knoxville Tickets outlets, 865-656-4444, or the Tennessee Theatre box office, www.tennesseetheatre.com.

The musical is adapted from the 2003 film in which funnyman Ferrell plays Buddy, an elf who's really not an elf at all. He's actually a young orphan who arrived at the North Pole after crawling into Santa Claus' sack one Christmas.

Buddy, who wears the elf's standard green tights, doesn't realize he is human even though he grows to be much taller than the other elves and has very poor toy-making skills. His journey to New York to find his birth father ends up becoming Buddy's way of helping people realize the true meaning of Christmas.

"Elf the Musical" is part of the 2013-14 season of Broadway at the Tennessee that brings touring productions of Broadway musicals to the theater. The next musical is "Memphis," a story set in the 1950s underground dance clubs of that city. "Memphis" plays at 8 p.m. Dec. 6 and 2 and 8 p.m. Dec. 7. The musical won the 2010 Tony Award for Best Musical.

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