"Elf the Musical"

Matt Kopec as Buddy and the cast of "Elf the Musical" at Arsht Center in Miami. (Joan Marcus / January 1, 2014)

Christmas does not have to end.

At least that’s the philosophy behind the staging of “Elf the Musical” at Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami.

“The reason we’re bringing in this show is we want to help extend that holiday feeling,” says Scott Shiller, executive vice president at Arsht. “We want to keep people in the Christmas spirit.”

The Broadway musical is based on Will Ferrell’s 2003 mega-hit movie, in which an orphan named Buddy crawls into Santa’s bag and is accidentally whisked to the North Pole, where the human child is raised as an elf. Once grown, Buddy journeys to Manhattan to find his true identity and help everyone remember the true meaning of Christmas. The stage show features a score from Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin, the songwriting team behind the stage version of “The Wedding Singer.”


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“I saw the Broadway show and I’m a big fan of the movie,” Shiller adds. “It has great jokes, great visual gags and it’s an incredibly heart-warming story.”

“Elf the Musical” runs through Jan. 5 at Adrienne Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Tickets start at $26. Contact: 305-949-6722 or ArshtCenter.org.