Original Beauty and the Beast Star Will Be The Grinch at the Old Globe | Playbill

News Original Beauty and the Beast Star Will Be The Grinch at the Old Globe The Old Globe Theatre will kick off the holiday season with the 17th annual production of Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, the musical inspired by the children's book.

The musical, which features book and lyrics by Timothy Mason and music by Mel Marvin, will begin performances Nov. 15 prior to an official opening Nov. 20. It will continue through Dec. 27 the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the San Diego.

Directed by James Vásquez, Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! will feature Burke Moses (Guys and Dolls, Kiss Me, Kate) making his Old Globe debut as The Grinch, Taylor Coleman (Annie, Jr.) and Gabriella Dimmick (The Sound of Music) alternating as Cindy-Lou Who, Steve Gunderson (Forever Plaid, Back to Bacharach) as Old Max and Jeffrey Schecter (Nice Work If You Can Get It, Anything Goes) as Young Max.

The cast also inclucdes Robert J. Townsend as Papa Who, Bets Malone as Mama Who, Geno Carr as Grandpa Who, Nancy Snow Carr as Grandma Who, Katelyn Katz and Alexis Rae Tenney as Annie Who, Brooke Henderson and Mikaela Celeste Villalpando as Betty-Lou Who, Noah Baird and Elliot Weaver as Boo Who and Jordi Bertran and Imahni King-Murillo as Danny Who.

Luke Babbitt, Josh Bradford, Nathan Conlan, Sophia Dimmick, Savannah Rae Farmer, David Kirk Grant, Kyrsten Hafso-Koppman, Jacob Haren, Jolie Hoang-Rappaport, Hourie Klijian, Cady Mariano, Dylan Nalbandian, Nathan Andrew Riley, Lexy Sakrekoff, Jill Townsend and Kelsey Venter comprise the ensemble. James Vásquez is the swing.

"Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is a wonderful, whimsical musical based upon the classic Dr. Seuss book," press notes state. "Back for its 17th incredible year, the family favorite features the songs 'Santa for a Day,' 'You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch,' and 'Welcome, Christmas (Fah Who Doraze),' the delightful carol from the popular animated version of 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas!' Celebrate the holidays as the Old Globe Theatre is once again transformed into the snow-covered Whoville, right down to the last can of Who-hash." This season's production will feature musical direction by Elan McMahan, additional choreography by Bob Richard and restaged choreography by James Vásquez. The Grinch creative team also includes John Lee Beatty (scenic design), Robert Morgan (costume design), Pat Collins (lighting design), Paul Peterson (sound design), Anita Ruth (orchestrator), Joshua Rosenblum (vocal arrangements and incidental music) and David Krane (dance music arranger). Casting is by Caparelliotis Casting, and Leila Knox is stage manager.

The original production of Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! was conceived and directed by Jack O'Brien with additional lyrics by Theodor S. Geisel, additional music by Albert Hague and original choreography by John DeLuca.

Call (619) 23-GLOBE or visit TheOldGlobe.org for more information.

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