When: Dec. 26-28, 7:30 p.m. 2017
The Jon Favreau/Will Ferrell film Elf was a surprise Christmas hit, thanks to its irreverent sense of humor and reliance on that most familiar of Christmas conflicts. ("Will our family celebrate Christmas together?" Will it ever, Buddy.) Buddy is a human orphan taken in by Santa, raised to appropriate elf identity. When he learns the truth about his origin, he goes to New York in search of the father he has never known. Unfortunately, dad doesn't want to know Buddy. Will they get it together in time for Christmas? That's already been answered. Elf the Musical, the stage adaptation of the movie, returns to St. Louis for a three-night run. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday (December 26 to 28) at the Peabody Opera House (1400 Market Street; www.peabodyoperahouse.com). Tickets are $30 to $82.