The story is known the world over, yet the magic of it never grows old. This week, the Chicago Theatre is presenting Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical and it’s highly recommended for my readers. After 13 years, the production still feels fresh, and perfect for the holiday season.
Playing from now until November 25, kids young and old will enjoy this holiday favorite. Inspired by the original book, you’ll grin from ear to ear as you hear favorites like “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch,” and “Welcome Christmas” let us know that the Grinch is not far away, peering down at Whoville as he counts off the reasons that he hates Christmas.
Gavin Lee does a wonderful job of commanding the stage as the star of the musical, and you may recognize him from his Tony-nominated stints in Spongebob SquarePants – The Broadway Musical, Les Miserables, or Mary Poppins. From the time he saunters out of his front door to introduce himself, to having roast beast with the citizens of Whoville, the audience is held captive – but this time in a good way. He takes you on a journey from being a 53-year Christmas hating Grinch with a heart two sizes too small to someone who learns what Christmas is all about and the need to see it for himself.
The story is narrated in a flashback by Old Max, the loyal yet conscientious dog of The Grinch. Young Max is shown throughout the film in the story that we know and does a fantastic job of challenging his owner every chance he gets.
Cindy Lou Who was played by alternating actresses Mackenzie Mercer and Avery Sell. However, Avery was the actress we saw on opening night and she did such a stellar job interacting with everyone and holding her own with The Grinch. She reacted to every head pat, and each
The running time of the musical is one and a half hours and doesn’t include an intermission, so use the bathroom and get your snacks before heading into the theatre!
All in all, How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical is a good time out for the holiday season, and well worth the time spent in the theater.