Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical

Ten years ago, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical debuted on Broadway and it is now making its DC premiere at the National Theatre.  It’s been 50 years since the classic children’s book was first aired on CBS and the musical turns it into a sight for the senses on stage.  

Without further ado, we have these Top 5 Reasons to Go to the Show — just for you!

5.  Holiday Spirit.  The Grinch has been one of my favorite holiday stories ever since I was a little girl.  Seeing it come to life on stage brightened my season and I’m sure will get you and especially your children into the holiday spirit lickety split!  The songs are lively and move the show forward at a nice pace.  You’ll recognize old favorites like “Fah Who Forage” and “Welcome, Christmas” as well as learn some new ones written especially for this musical — “I Hate Christmas”, “One Of a Kind” and “It’s The Thought That Counts.”

4.  Old Max.  Who you ask?  In a twist from the TV show and movie, the musical is narrated by Old Max, magnificently played by Bob Lauder.  His command of the stage and his impressive vocal skills had me captivated from beginning to end.  “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” is a scene-stealer and also features fun audience participation.

Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical

3.  Set and Costume Design.  John Lee Beatty has taken Dr. Seuss’ book and brings the town of Whoville and snowy Mount Crumpet to life.  At the start of the show, you’re transported to a winter wonderland through a canopy of realistic snowflakes (and it didn’t hurt that the temperature inside the theater was on the chillier side).  The costumes, designed by Robert Morgan, brought even more spunk and color to the town of Whoville.  The Grinch’s costume was clever, the best part were his fingers – they ‘scared’ my 14-year old Cindy-Lou Who.

Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical

2.  Audience Surprises.  There were many little ones in the audience and I didn’t notice any wiggling around.  Kids sat captivated by the actors and without giving anything away there are several fun audience surprises in store for you.

1.  The Grinch!  Philip Bryan rendition of the Grinch is ingenious.  He’s “a mean one” and with his furry green costume, might even be a little scary at times.   He vacillates between being whimsical and nostalgic to being a “vile one, Mr. Grinch.”  He had the audience laughing at many a moment, not to mention his own personal hashtag – #GrinchLife.  His chemistry with Young Max (Andreas Wyder) was fun to watch and Young Max was quite the acrobat during the “Stealing Christmas” scene.  We enjoyed The Grinch’s  stage time with Cindy-Lou Who (alternately played by Julia Rose DiPiazza and Danielle Guilbot), especially during the number “Santa for a Day.”

Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical

The show makes for a superb first introduction to musicals for children.   Let your heart grow three sizes this holiday season and go see Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical.

Additional Information

  • Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical is only at the National Theatre until December 31, 2016.
  • The show is for all ages and has a run time 85 minutes with no intermission.
  • Tickets start at $48 plus service charges and you can purchase them online.  There is always a day-of-performance lottery for a limited number of tickets at $25 each, cash only.  This lottery is held two hours before each performance.
  • Bonus: You can find ticket discounts on Certifikid and Goldstar.
  • Make the trip downtown into a full experience and walk over to the National Christmas Tree to view it in all its splendor.
  • Parking can be tough with construction.  National Theatre has partnered with Parking Panda to make advance reservations.  You can learn about your options hereInsider Tip: for evening shows, we head downtown right as the parking on Consitution Avenue opens up at 6 p.m., pay for our meter and walk over.

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