Grinch Brings Home the Holidays in Musical

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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. 

Gavin Lee as The Grinch in the 2018 Touring Company of DR SEUSS’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! THE MUSICAL. Photo by Jordan Bush
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Gavin Lee as The Grinch in the 2018 Touring Company of DR SEUSS’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! THE MUSICAL. Photo by Jordan Bush

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 as The Grinch in the 2018 Touring Company of DR SEUSS’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! THE MUSICAL. Photo by Jordan Bush
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Gavin Lee as The Grinch in the 2018 Touring Company of DR SEUSS’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! THE MUSICAL. Photo by Jordan Bush

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.

Gavin Lee as The Grinch and Aleksa Kurbalija as Young Max in the 2018 Touring Company of DR SEUSS’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! THE MUSICAL. Photo by Jordan Bush
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Gavin Lee as The Grinch and Aleksa Kurbalija as Young Max in the 2018 Touring Company of DR SEUSS’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! THE MUSICAL. Photo by Jordan Bush

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.

Gavin Lee as The Grinch and the 2018 Touring Company of DR SEUSS’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! THE MUSICAL. Photo by Jordan Bush
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Gavin Lee as The Grinch and the 2018 Touring Company of DR SEUSS’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! THE MUSICAL. Photo by Jordan Bush

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 poignant moment just like a little kid should, with small charm, and a whole lot of cuteness. 

Gavin Lee as The Grinch and Mackenzie Jane Mercer as Cindy Lou in the 2018 Touring Company of DR SEUSS’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! THE MUSICAL. Photo by Jordan Bush
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Gavin Lee as The Grinch and Mackenzie Jane Mercer as Cindy Lou in the 2018 Touring Company of DR SEUSS’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! THE MUSICAL. Photo by Jordan Bush

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!

 Gavin Lee as The Grinch and the 2018 Touring Company of DR SEUSS’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! THE MUSICAL. Photo by Jordan Bush
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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.

Run time – November 16 -November 25.  Tickets are available at The Chicago Theatre box office, all Ticketmaster outlets and Ticketmaster phone charge 1.800.745.3000. Tickets start at $35.

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