Stefán Karl Is a "Mean One" in North American Tour of Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas

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The Grinch will steal Christmas across the country and in Canada starting Nov. 9. Casting has been announced for the national tour of the Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical, which premiered at The Old Globe in San Diego and played during the holidays on Broadway in 2006 and 2007.

Icelandic stage and screen actor Stefán Karl, known for playing Robbie Rotton on Nickelodeon's "Lazy Town," will take the reins as the Christmas-hating title character. Karl will be joined by Seth Bazacas as Young Max, Serena Brook as Mama Who, Brance Cornelius as Papa Who, Ryan Knowles as Grandpa Who, Bob Lauder as Old Max and Rebecca Prescott as Grandma Who. Brooke Lynn Boyd and Carly Tamer will share the role of Cindy-Lou Who, and Ariana Gibb and Ginnie Lee House will share the role of Annie Who.

The 25-member cast will also feature Jenavene Bazacas, Andrew Boetcher, Matt David, Matt Densky, Lauren Devine, Katie Emerson, Kyle Garvin, Willow Grey, Emily Grosland, Jackie Nguyen, Domonique Paton, David Thornton, Lily Tobin, and Jennifer Wilcove as the Citizens of Whoville.

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical features book and lyrics by Timothy Mason and music by Mel Marvin, both of whom contribute eight new songs to the hit tunes retained from the original 1966 animated television special. The classics from the TV special, including "You're A Mean One Mr. Grinch" and "Welcome Christmas," feature lyrics by the legendary Theodor "Dr. Seuss" Geisel and music by Tony Award-winning composer Albert Hague (Redhead).

According to producers, "Beloved Max the Dog narrates this charming and comical tale of the miserable Grinch, whose heart is 'two sizes too small,' and his attempt to wreak havoc on the tiny town of Whoville by trying to steal Christmas."

Tony Award-winning director Jack O'Brien and choreographer John DeLuca, who staged the original Old Globe and Broadway productions, will supervise this tour, which will be directed by Matt August and choreographed by Bob Richard. The production will boast sets by John Lee Beatty and costumes by Robert Morgan that are inspired by Dr. Seuss' original illustrations.

Support for this production comes from the Ontario Ministry of Tourism. The musical is produced by Big League Productions, Inc. The Toronto presentation of the tour is presented by special arrangement with Dancap Productions, Inc. and with the support of the Ontario Minstry of Tourism.

The national itinerary for the tour is as follows:

Omaha, NE
Nov. 9-14

Orpheum Theater, Slosburg Hall

Tempe, AZ
Nov. 17-21

ASU Gammage

Houston, TX
Nov. 24-Dec. 5

Hobby Center

Dallas, TX
Dec. 7-12

AT&T Performing Arts Center/Winspear Opera House

Toronto, ON, Canada
Dec. 17-Jan. 2, 2011

Sony Centre

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Stef Photo by T. Charles Erickson
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