Will Blum on the Benefits of Playing ‘Really Excited Hippie’ Buddy in Elf the Musical

When Elf the Musical arrives at the Orpheum Theater on November 19, Will Blum will spread “sparklejollytwinklejingley” holiday cheer as Buddy. Find out how playing the eternal optimist has changed the actor and prepared him like never before for Christmas.

“Buddy can only see the positive and has no sense of sarcasm or pessimism. He knows exactly what he wants, which is for everyone to sing and be happy,” Blum says of his character, who was raised by Santa’s elves and travels to New York in search of his real father once he discovers he’s human. “He’s basically a really excited hippie.” The actor says that Buddy’s personality has positively affected his offstage life. “After having to be so happy for two and a half hours, I’m automatically in such a good mood! And also really tired.”

During Buddy’s quest to find his father, he helps a family who has lost the Christmas spirit to get back in touch with their seasonal joy, which is something Blum relates to. “I definitely haven't had this much Christmas spirit since I was a little boy,” Blum says of being in the show. “As I have grown older, I l have lost sight of the magic that Christmas can bring. The holidays remind us of how special it is to take time to celebrate with our families.“

Blum is joined on stage by Lindsay Nicole Chambers as Jovie, Larry Cahn as Walter, Lanene Charters as Deb, Ken Clement as Santa, Larent Giroux as Mr. Greenway, Julia Louise Hosack as Emily, Noah Marlowe as Michael and Kevyn Morrow as Store Manager. Elf the Musical will play Omaha through November 24.

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