Buddy, the guileless hero of Elf, is returning to lead the search for genuine yuletide mirth. Like the 2003 movie, this musical adaptation traces the adventures of an orphan who has been raised as one of Santa’s elves in the North Pole. Upon learning of his true human nature, Buddy ventures to NYC in search of his birth family. The reunion proves far from euphoric, as Buddy’s exuberance often comes across as derangement, even to the department store worker with whom he falls in love. The songs composed for Elf, by acclaimed duo Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin, are intrinsic to the whimsical design, lending heartfelt sentiment to the cleverly adapted book by Tony Award-winning Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin. Arriving at a time when social and cultural disenchantment seems to be running rampant, a dose of Buddy’s optimistic energy should make for a potent Christmas tonic.