How the Grinch Stole Christmas! to Tour in 2008

News   How the Grinch Stole Christmas! to Tour in 2008 Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical, a holiday hit at the St. James Theatre (in 2007) and the Hilton Theatre (in 2006), will hit the road later this year.

Patrick Page in the Broadway production of The Grinch.
Patrick Page in the Broadway production of The Grinch. Photo by Paul Kolnik

A spokesperson for the production confirmed to Playbill.com that the family-friendly musical about a grumpy hermit whose heart is "two sizes too small" will play a limited engagement at Baltimore's Hippodrome Nov. 11-23. No casting has been announced. Running Subway Productions and three-time Tony winner Jack O'Brien will present the tour. Although there has been no official announcement, it is likely the Grinch will also have a Boston run. At this time, a Broadway return has yet to be announced.

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 includes 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.

Matt August directed the recent Broadway run with choreography by John DeLuca. The creative team also included Bob Richard (co-choreographer), John Lee Beatty (scenic designer, whose set is new for this engagement), Pat Collins (lighting designer), Robert Morgan (costume designer), Michael Curry (puppetry), Joshua Rosenblum (musical director and vocal arranger), Acme Sound Partners (sound designer), Michael Starobin (orchestrator), David Krane (dance music arranger), Gregory Meeh (special effects designer), Angelina Avallone (makeup designer) and Thomas Augustine (hair/wig designer).

Tickets for the Baltimore run will be priced $25-$70. For more information call (800) 343-3103 or visit broadwayacrossamerica.com.