Globe artistic director Jack O'Brien again stages the annual holiday musical for his southern California stage, Nov. 25-Dec. 30. Featuring book and lyrics by Timothy Mason and music by Mel Marvin, the show officially opens Nov. 30.
The beloved Theodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss) holiday work set in Who-ville comes to life anew with some "major revisions," according to an Old Globe announcement. 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. ("This Time of Year" and "It's the Thought That Counts" will also be incorporated into the musical's upcoming engagement at Broadway's St. James Theatre, according to a production spokesperson.)
"Over the summer Jack O'Brien and the entire original creative team came together for an intensive two-week workshop at the Globe, where they developed the new material," stated Old Globe executive director Louis G. Spisto. "Jack spent several months preparing for the workshop with the show's authors, and the time spent this summer was incredibly productive."
The show first played in 1998 and has since returned annually. "We thank Audrey Geisel (a.k.a. 'Mrs. Dr. Seuss') for her generous support of this production which has become a timeless holiday classic in the San Diego community," added Spisto. "Those who've loved the Grinch in previous years will love it even more this year; and for those who haven't experienced this classic tale live on stage, now is the time!"
Casting and further details for the San Diego run will be announced shortly. 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.