The show is just as enjoyable for those who have fallen in love with Will Farrell's Buddy and those (like me) who have never seen the film. The material is fresh and full of "Sparklejollytwinklejingley" good fun as narrated by Santa (Ken Clement).
There is hardly anything poor to be said about the cast and acting/singing. If anything the dancing falters at times, although nothing too egregious -- better than what can be expected from most community theatres but an equity tour company would certainly dance circles around them. Gregg Barnes' costumes for Buddy, Santa and the elves are aces and I wanted to have one of everything Gabriella Mirabella wore. The orchestrations by Doug Besterman and conducted by Samuel Bagala were strong and I did not notice the elfish size of the orchestra (7 musicians) nor did they overpower the singers. Sadly the scenic design by Christine Peters is showing its age and wear especially in the NYC scenes.
Enjoy! And Happy Christmas!