The musical based on Theodore Geisel's classic book will play a limited engagement at the St. James Theatre beginning Nov. 1. The holiday-hating Grinch will stay in residence at the St. James — the recent home of The Producers — through Jan. 6, 2008.
Although there has been no official announcement, that booking would seem to indicate that the new Mel Brooks musical Young Frankenstein, which had originally been scheduled to follow The Producers into the St. James, may play the Hilton Theatre, the current home of Pirate Queen. Frankenstein, as previously reported, will have a pre-Broadway tryout this summer in Seattle. The Brooks-Thomas Meehan musical will play an Aug. 4-Sept. 1 stint at Seattle's Paramount Theatre.
No casting has been announced for the return of The Grinch. Patrick Page starred in the premiere Broadway run.
Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! — The Musical, according to press notes, is narrated by Max the Dog, who relates "the Grinch's fiendish plan to steal Christmas from the holiday-loving Whos. However, the Grinch soon discovers there's more to Christmas than he bargained for." The show will include the songs "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" and "Welcome, Christmas," which are heard in the animated version of the Seuss classic, which is aired annually on television. Broadway composer Albert Hague (Plain and Fancy, Redhead) penned the music to the TV songs, which had lyrics by Seuss.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas – The Musical was presented at San Diego's Old Globe Theatre under the direction of Jack O'Brien with choreography by John DeLuca. It has played to critical acclaim and sold-out houses for the past eight years. Matt August directed the enhanced Broadway production in the cavernous Hilton, which also featured Bob Richard re-creating the original choreography. Timothy Mason wrote the book and lyrics with music by Mel Marvin.
Running Subway Productions was producer with Live Nation as associate producer along with Dr. Seuss' widow, Audrey Geisel.
Tickets for the upcoming production, priced $25-$111.50, will go on sale in September. Group tickets are now on sale by calling (800) 223-7565 or by visiting www.BestofBroadway.com.