Written in 1957, Dr. Seuss' beloved Christmas book How The Grinch Stole Christmas! is one story that has survived the test of time. Children anxiously await the animated TV adaptation of the book as soon as the Christmas season starts. When I think of Christmas entertainment, I think of three things: the classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman, and the Grinch. I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one either, as Atlanta's Fox Theatre was packed with fellow Grinch-lovers at Tuesday night's opening performance of How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical.
Let me tell you folks - the musical was wonderful! From the Seuss-like decorations to the musical composition and the choreography, this musical adaptation will not disappoint.
Some highlights of the show:
- Stefan Karl (some parents may recognize him as the villain Robbie Rotten from Nickelodeon's 2004-07 series "Lazy Town") played a pretty mean Grinch. He did such a great job in that grinchy green suit. He has an amazing voice, and his movements on stage were exactly what you would expect from Dr. Seuss' Grinch himself.
- Bob Lauder, who took on the role of Old Max, was very delightful. His voice, so deep and charming, seemed to reverberate throughout the entire theatre. As far as narrators go, I couldn't imagine a better choice for this particular role. He sounded very much like the narrator from the 1966 TV adaptation (which is a very good thing!)
- Little Cindy-Lou Who did a fantastic job. I was very impressed with her song and dance, and actually teared up at the thought of her not receiving the special red rocking horse the Grinch so grinchishly discarded off the front of the stage. Played by two little girls, Bailey Ryon and Clara Young, I'm a little disappointed that I have been unable to find out which little girl to praise, but I'll update this post as soon as I find her name :)
- The audience all joined in to sing You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch along with Old Max. It was such a delight to hear hundreds of voices join together in a beloved song about our favorite Christmas bully.
- The actors all did a wonderful job of capturing the many different viewpoints adults have on holiday shopping during the song "It's the Thought That Counts."
- Expect some surprises! The Grinch shows up at unexpected times during the musical, which could either frighten or amuse your child.
Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical will be performed at The Fox Theatre November 29th - December 4th. Tickets start at $28 and should be purchased in advance when possible. There is no intermission during this 80 minute performance.
I did receive two tickets to attend the opening night performance of the musical in order to write a detailed and honest review. No compensation was provided.