"Welcome Christmas": The Grinch Returns to Broadway Nov. 1
By Andrew Gans
The return engagement of Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas! – The Musical — starring Patrick Page as the grumpy hermit whose heart is "two sizes too small" — begins previews at the St. James Theatre Nov. 1.
The limited engagement, which runs through Jan. 6, 2008, will officially open Nov. 9.
The cast also features Ed Dixon as Old Max, Rusty Ross as Young Max, Darin DePaul as Grandpa Seth Who, Aaron Galligan-Stierle as JP Who, Tari Kelly as Mama Who, Caroline London as Cindy Lou Who, Jan Neuberger as Grandma Who and Athena Ripka as Cindy Lou Who.
The Citizens of Whoville include Jahaan Amin, Juliette Allen Angelo, Hunter Bell, Janet Dickinson, Sky Flaherty, Eamon Foley, Sami Gayle, Brianna Gentilella, Amy Griffin, Joseph Harrington, Michael Hoey, Carly Hughes, Kurt Kelly, Liesl Jaye, Jess Le Protto, Marina Micalizzi, Katie Micha, Jillian Mueller, Andy Richardson, Josephine Rose Roberts, William Ryall, Jordan Samuels, Johnny Schaffer, Jeff Skowron, Tianna Jane Stevens, Heather Tepe and Janelle Viscomi.
The musical is based on Theodore Geisel's classic book, which is currently celebrating its 50th anniversary.
Running Subway Productions and Tony Award-winning director Jack O'Brien present the second Broadway engagement of the holiday-hating Grinch. The musical runs approximately 90 minutes.
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.
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 decade. In fact, the Globe will present its 10th anniversary production of The Grinch Nov. 25-Dec. 30.
Matt August again directs the Broadway run with choreography by John DeLuca. The creative team also includes Bob Richard (co-choreographer), John Lee Beatty (scenic designer), 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).
The St. James Theatre is located in Manhattan at 246 West 44th Street. Tickets, priced $25-$111.50, are available by calling (212) 239-6200 or by visiting www.telecharge.com. Group tickets are on sale by calling (800) 223-7565; for more information visit www.grinchmusical.com.
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