The Seussical may be having trouble getting off the ground in New York, but there's one Seuss story sure to make it smoothly to the stage in 2000. How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Timothy Mason and Mel Marvin's adaptation of the Dr. Seuss classic children's book, returns to the Old Globe Theatre Nov. 12 for a run through Dec. 31.
The musical premiered in 1998 and was hailed by critics all across southern California. Returning in his lead role as The Grinch is the Christmas-stealer himself, Guy Paul. Also reprising their roles are Rusty Ross (Young Max), Julian Gamble (Old Max), Steve Gunderson (J.P. Who), Melinda Gilb (Mama Who) and Robert MacAuley (Grandpa Seth Who).
Also in the cast are Eileen Bowman (Grandma Who), Tyler Combe (Betty Who), Christopher Lange (Danny Who), Danny McCarthy (Boo Who) and Tiffany Scarritt (Annie Who). Mary Frances McClay and Jennica Canio Vargas alternate in the role of Cindy-Lou Who.
As the company did in 1999, the Old Globe will make 4,000 tickets available for free to children throughout San Diego County as a gift from the San Diego Union-Tribune and Audrey Geisel, Dr. Seuss' widow. Also, all children, seventeen and under, are admitted for half price.
The fantastical set and costumes are designed by John Lee Beatty and Robert Morgan. Pat Collins designed the lighting. For tickets and information call (619) 239-2255 or visit www.oldglobe.org.