Ben Forster can't wait to bring Elf the Musical to the Lowry "I love Buddy so much," said Ben.
"The show lives up to everything that you want it to. The movie is such a classic Christmas movie but the show has also got such good music and it is so well done. "That's why when they asked me to go back, even though I'd done it twice before, all I wanted to do was say yes," Elf takes the basic plot from the movie of a child who grows up in Santa's workshop not realising he's human and then embarking on a trip to find his real father in New York. The stage show features a brand new set of songs and dance routines which Ben believes add something extra special. "It is close to the film is many ways," he said. "But obviously we do break into song and dance which has been so amazingly done. The show's full of big band Broadway songs and it sounds so classy." Buddy marks a stark contrast from Ben's current show he's starring in Phantom of the Opera in the West End. "It does feel like I've got a split personality," he said. "Last time when I finished in Elf, a week later I was in Phantom and that was weird. "At least this time I'll have a break after Phantom to get my head round it and I do know what I'm going into. "But I love the show. It allows me to behave like a child for six weeks. But it's mental. The set is on split levels and I am running up and down all the time. I remember last time I was so fit by the end of the run but I needed coach outlet stores houston area a holiday." "Some actors can be quite snooty about a show like coach outlet 75068 Superstar but it is all about trying to get a break. Through one show you can be seen by several million people, you can't achieve that on the stage. "You just use the opportunity to make your life better." For all his amazing success, Ben admits that in the theatre, you never stop learning. "I feel lucky," he said. "I have had such varied opportunities. I've done comedy in the Rocky Horror Show and Elf and tragedy in Jesus Christ Superstar and then got to do something so big and grand as Phantom. I learn from every job. "When Andrew Lloyd Webber asked me to do Phantom it was after he had seen me in Evita and although I'm 36 now, it showed me that I can still keep learning and coach outlet locations 10017 improving and developing new skills. "As we were working on the show in Plymouth they were building coach outlet 19116 the set and you'd see all the carpenters there building Santa's sleigh and the icebergs so you'd see the whole thing developing every day. "The show was taking shape around us. You'd walk down the corridor and see the seamstresses working on the costumes and the Elf boots. It is so are for a bunch of actors to get to see that.
And the end result is amazing. It's funny, heartwarming and really has that spirit of Christmas about it.".
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