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"Elf the Musical" is no "Elf" the movie

"Elf the Musical" is no "Elf" the movie

“Elf the Musical” is ho ho hum.

The Christmas-themed stage version of the Will Ferrell 2003 mega-hit movie splinters off into a different direction that is curiously distancing and asks nothing of the audience.

The basic story is the same, however: An orphan named Buddy (played with Martin Short-like mania by Matt Kopec) 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 reunite with his long-lost family and...