Globe artistic director Jack O'Brien again stages the holiday musical, which is scheduled to officially open Nov. 30 for a run through Dec. 30.
Featuring book and lyrics by Timothy Mason and music by Mel Marvin, the beloved Theodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss) holiday work set in Who-ville comes to life anew with some "major revisions," according to Old Globe notes. The additions include three songs — "This Time of Year" (a duet by Young Max and Old Max), "It's the Thought That Counts" (a full company number) and the popular animated version's carol "Fah Who Doraze" — as well as expanded dance sections in "Whatchamawho" and a redesigned Grinch costume.
Kevin Bailey (Annie Get Your Gun, The Lion King) — who played Old Max in 2006 — leads the California cast as the Grinch. He is joined by Martin Van Treuren (as Old Max), James Royce Edwards (Young Max) as well as returning stars Melinda Gilb (Mama Who), Steve Gunderson (Papa Who), Eileen Bowman (Grandma Who), James Vasquez (Grandpa Who) and Skylar Starrs Siben — who alternates in the role of Cindy-Lou Who with newcomer Gaby Greenwald.
Playing the other Who children are Alison Grace Norwood and Hannah Prater (Betty Lou Who), Bibi Valderrama and Samantha Littleford (Annie Who), Ari Lerner and Ian Brininstool (Danny Who) as well as A.J. Foggiano and Noah Leung (Boo Who). The young actors will alternate in their roles.
The adult ensemble also includes Amy Biedel, Randall Dodge, Ron Christopher Jones, Paul Morgavo, Anise Ritchie and Sarah Sumner. Local children Maddie Shea Baldwin, Charisma McKorn, Dallas Perry, Kayla Solsbak, Kayla Stultz, Celia Tedde, Jada Temple, Ashley Twomey and Tommy Twomey round out the cast. The design team features John Lee Beatty (scenic), Pat Collins (lighting), Robert Morgan (costumes) and Paul Peterson (sound). The stage managers are Leila Knox and Tracy Skoczelas.
Tickets for Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! at The Old Globe go on sale Sept. 23 through (619) 234-5623. For more information visit the theatre's website at TheOldGlobe.org.