Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Grinch Brings Early Christmas To Broadway

Grinch Brings Early Christmas To Broadway

Forty-nine years have passed since the debut of Theodore Gissel's classic children's book "How The Grinch Stole Christmas!" under his more familiar pen name of Dr. Seuss, while forty years have passed since that book was turned into an animated television gem.

Now, as many regional stage productions are popping up around the country, the incarnation likely to receive the most attention is the one opening this evening at Broadway's Hilton Theatre. Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! will have a limited run there through January 7, 2007.

While relative unknown Patrick Page will take on the title role, arguably the most well-known name associated with the show is two-time Tony winner John Collum as Old Max. While the familiar tune "You're A Mean One Mr. Grinch" is included in the holiday show, the production features a new score by Timothy Mason and Mel Marvin. Matthew August is credited as the director, although Jack O'Brien is the visionary who "created" this tuner.

Will the critics warm up to Grinch or be as mean as one in reviewing it? Find out tomorrow.

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

Click here for tickets.
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