Argyle Theatre in Babylon kicks off its third season with ‘Elf The Musical’


The Argyle Theatre is back in action, just in time for the holidays.

After pushing back their third season due to COVID-19 restrictions, the year-round theater at 34 West Main St. in Babylon Village kicks off its 2021-2022 Main Stage performances with “Elf The Musical.”


Running from Nov. 12 through Jan. 2, 2022, the musical is based on the beloved 2003 film following Buddy The Elf as he embarks on a journey from the North Pole to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity.

“I feel excited and relieved in a sense because it’s been such a long time coming,” said Dylan Perlman, co-owner and managing partner of Argyle Theatre. “Our third season was scheduled to start spring of 2020, and now we’re starting at the tail end of 2021.”

Perlman and his team re-opened the theatre in September for “Cabaret” — it was the final production of season two, which was paused due to the virus.

“We feel that we really have the potential now to come out of the pandemic stronger than before,” Perlman told GreaterBabylon in September. “I think people are starved for live entertainment. We just had a year-and-a-half of being cooped up. We have to get out and live our lives.”

And now the theatre is onto its next chapter, starting with “Elf.”

The family-friendly show is directed by Evan Pappas with choreography by Valerie Wright and musical direction by Emma Weiss.

[Scroll down for the full Season 3 lineup.]

It’s based on a book by Tony Award winners Thomas Meehan (“Annie,” “The Producers,” “Hairspray”) and Bob Martin (“The Drowsy Chaperone”) and songs by Tony Award nominees Matthew Sklar (“The Wedding Singer”) and Chad Beguelin (Disney’s “Aladdin” on Broadway). 

Tickets range from between $49 and $79; $45 for those who show a student ID and $40 for ages 12 and under.

In terms of COVID-19, the venue is requiring proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours before entering the theatre. Printed proof of the vaccine or negative test must be presented together with a valid matching photo ID. Masks are encouraged but not required.

Kids under 12 must wear a mask and be accompanied by an adult.

“I think for a lot of people they are ready to get back out and see this magical production on stage here,” said Perlman.

Perlman added that “Elf The Musical” is already such an iconic film known all around the world that it made sense to take its “magic” to the stage at Argyle for the holidays.

“The joy and heart that fills this wonderful musical is the perfect gift for everyone, and especially after the year we have all had,” said Evan Pappas, Argyle Theatre’s artistic director. “With the amazingly talented cast we have, I cannot wait to see the smiles on the faces of our audience.

“Like they say, ‘The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.’

You can purchase tickets online at or call the theatre directly (631) 230-3500.

Top: Ensemble of Elf The Musical. Photo by Russ Rowland. (courtesy)

The 2021-22 Argyle Theatre line-up

“Elf the Musical”

For the holidays, the Argyle Theatre is bringing in “Elf the Musical,” a work based on the popular Will Ferrell film.

“It’s going to be fun and colorful,” said Perlman. “A great play for that time of year.”

“Elf the Musical” runs Nov. 11 to Jan. 2,

For tickets, click here.

“Punk Rock Girl”

The third play is a first-of-its-kind for the Argyle Theatre. For the first time ever, the Babylon playhouse will be hosting a world premiere when “Punk Rock Girl” debuts Jan. 20.

“We’re really excited about this,” said Argyle Theatre co-owner Dylan Perlman. “It’s a musical that uses music from the 80s, 90s, and 2000s punk bands.”

The play is written by Tony-nominated Long Island composerJoe Iconis, who is best known for writing music for the Broadway play “Be More Chill.”

The show runs until Feb. 27.

Click here for tickets.

“Mamma Mia!”

The spring season kicks off with the romantic comedy film-turned-musical, “Mamma Mia!”

Here’s an excerpt from the theatre

This sunny and funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago.

The show runs from March 17 to May 1.

To purchase tickets, click here.

“Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story”

“Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story” hits the stage at the Argyle Theatre Jan. 21 to Feb. 28.

Here’s an excerpt from the theatre.

The Buddy Holly Story” tells the story of the three years in which he became the world’s top recording artist with a show that features over 20 of Buddy Holly’s greatest hits including ‘Peggy Sue’, ‘That’ll Be The Day’, ‘Oh Boy’, ‘Everyday’, ‘Not Fade Away’, ‘Rave On’ and ‘Raining In My Heart’.

“Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story” runs May 19 to June 26. To buy tickets, click here.

“Footloose the Musical”

The second show of the season is “Footloose the Musical,” another musical based on an iconic movie.

Here’s an excerpt from the theatre.

To the rockin’ rhythm of its Oscar and Tony-nominated Top Forty score, augmented with dynamic new songs, “Footloose” celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people while guiding them with a warm heart and open mind.

The musical begins July 14 and goes until Aug. 28. Click here for tickets.

“An American in Paris”

The Argyle Theatre wraps up its third season with “An American in Paris.”

Here’s an excerpt from the theatre.

Set in the French capital in the wake of World War II, An American in Paris tells the romantic story of a young American soldier, a beautiful French girl, and an indomitable European city – each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of international conflict.

The show runs Sept. 15 to Oct. 23. Click here for tickets.

Season tickets

Argyle Theatre offers a chance to see all six shows for $350. The package includes the following perks:

  • Patrons receive exclusive priority access to the best seats in the house.
  • Worry-free ticket exchange policy.
  • $10 off additional mainstage tickets — bring your family and friends.
  • 20 percent off children’s theatre tickets.
  • Pre-sale access and discounts to concerts, comedy, and special events.

Click here to learn more.