The original London cast recording of ELF is released today, ahead of the musical’s first West End preview performance on Saturday 24th October 2015.
ELF comes to the Dominion Theatre for a limited 10-week run over the Christmas season. Following previews, which begin on Saturday 24th October 2015, a Gala Opening Night will be held on Thursday 5th November 2015 in aid of Alzheimer’s Society. The musical runs until 2nd January 2016.
The London company is led by Ben Forster as Buddy, who stars opposite 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. Comprising the rest of the cast are Katie Bradley, Charlie Bull, Nicola Coates, Alex Fobbester, Anton Fosh, Charlotte Gale, Francis Haugen, Matt Holland, Tash Holway, Paul Hutton, Mark Iles, Ceili O’Connor, Debbie Paul, Joanna Rennie, Barnaby Thompson and Ed White. The role of Michael will be shared by Harry Collett, Ilan Galkoff, Noah Key and Ewan Rutherford.
ELF is the tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas.
The musical is based on the 2003 smash hit film of the same name, which starred Will Ferrell as Buddy. It has a book by Tony Award winners Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin, with songs by Tony Award nominees Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin. The West End production features direction/choreography by Morgan Young, set design/costumes by Tim Goodchild, lighting design by Tim Lutkin, vocal arrangements by Phil Reno, dance arrangements by David Chase, orchestrations by Doug Besterman, video design by Ian William Galloway, sound design by Clement Rawling and musical direction and supervision by Stuart Morley.
The show made its world premiere at Broadway’s Al Hirschfeld Theatre in 2010, and a revised production returned there in 2012. Several touring versions have also travelled around the US over the years. It had its European premiere in 2014, playing performances at Theatre Royal Plymouth and Bord Gais Energy, Dublin throughout the Christmas season.
The full track listing for the original London cast recording of ELF is listed below:
1. Overture – Elf
2. Christmastown – Ben Forster & (Elf)
3. World’s Greatest Dad – Ben Forster
4. In The Way – Jenny Dale, Joe McGann, Jessica Martin (Elf)
5. Sparklejollytwinklejingley – Ben Forster, Kimberly Walsh, Graham Lappin (Elf)
6. I’ll Believe In You – Jessica Martin (Elf)
7. In The Way – Jessica Martin, Joe McGann
8. Just Like Him – Ben Forster, Jenny Dale (Elf)
9. A Christmas Song – Ben Forster, Kimberly Walsh (Elf)
10. World’s Greatest Dad – Reprise
11. Nobody Cares About Santa – Graham Lappin, Ben Forster (Elf)
12. Never Fall In Love (With An Elf) – Kimberly Walsh
13. There Is A Santa Claus – Jessica Martin
14. The Story Of Buddy The Elf – Ben Forster, Joe McGann (Elf)
15. Nobody Cares About Santa – Reprise
16. A Christmas Song – Reprise
17. Finale – Elf
18. Exit Song
Michael Rose and U-Live in association with the Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Dublin present the Theatre Royal Plymouth production of ELF in the West End.