Lion King Star Will Don Green Fur for Broadway's Grinch Musical

News   Lion King Star Will Don Green Fur for Broadway's Grinch Musical Broadway's Patrick Page, the respected classical actor known for Broadway's The Lion King, will be festively green for the holidays.

He'll play The Grinch in the limited Broadway engagement of the musical How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, inspired by the classic illustrated story by Dr. Seuss. The family-friendly show will begin previews Oct. 25 and open Nov. 8 at the Hilton Theatre, 213 W. 42nd Street.

Page is currently starring on Broadway as Scar in Disney's The Lion King. His other Broadway credits include Decius Brutus opposite Denzel Washington in Broadway's Julius Caesar and over a thousand performances as Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast. Page is also an active classical actor, who won Washington, D.C.'s Helen Hayes Award for playing Iago opposite Avery Brooks' Othello The Shakespeare Theatre Company, where he also played Macbeth opposite Kelly McGillis. Page is married to actress and former "Trading Spaces" host Paige Davis.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas – The Musical was originally presented at San Diego's Old Globe Theatre under the direction of Jack O'Brien. It has played to critical acclaim and sold out houses for the past eight years.

Matt August will direct the enhanced Broadway production in the cavernous Hilton, once home to Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

Timothy Mason wrote the book and lyrics and Mel Marvin is composer, with choreography by John DeLuca, sets by John Lee Beatty, lighting by Pat Collins, and puppetry by Michael Curry. Running Subway Productions is producer with Live Nation as associate producer along with Dr. Seuss' widow, Audrey Geisel.

Performances continue to Jan. 7, 2007.

Ticket prices range from $25-$99 with premium seating also available. Group tickets are on sale now at (800) 223-7565 or www.bestofbroadway.com or (888) 507-6909 or www.ticketsforgroups.com.