How The Grinch Stole Christmas! Coming To Los Angeles

Land of Punt has never understood the appeal of Dr. Seuss.

LOP finds no excitement, joy, or pleasure in his writings. In fact, we find his rhymes rather dull.

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Why are the eggs green? What is a “who” and why did Horton hear it? And have you ever tried putting a hat on a cat? It’s not all that putting a hat on the cat.

However, there is one story we do thank the good doctor for giving us and that’s How The Grinch Stole Christmas!

The story involves two of our favorite things, Christmas and the word “how.”

In 1957, HTGSC! began life as a book. Then in 1966 it became an animated television special. Then in 2000 it was turned into a live-action movie starring Jim Carey.

But in 1994, HTGSC! was turned into a musical, How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical or HTGSC!TM.

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It debuted in of all places Minneapolis and then it began playing in of all places San Diego (we don’t quite know if it’s odd to have musicals playing in Minneapolis or San Diego, we just like using the phrase, “of all places”).

Finally, in 2006, it debuted on the Great White Way at the Hilton Theatre. Running through the holiday season, the production was noted for being the first Broadway musical to offer 12 performances a week. That’s a lot of Grinch.

It was also notable for ending Wicked’s 100-week stretch as Broadway’s top grossing production. While blasphemous, we’ve been able to look pass this indiscretion and still accept HTGSC!TM into our hearts.

The show returned the follow year and immediately found itself in the middle of the Local One stagehand strike.

Since a dark theater is bad for a seasonal production (you might even say a “Grinch” to a seasonal production), lawyers were called in and eventually a deal was worked out.

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Fans of the 1966 television special will be happy to learn that composer’s Albert Hague’s work is preserved. Two of his songs, with lyrics by the good doctor himself, are featured in the production: Welcome, Christmas and You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch.

The rest of the music is written by Mel Marvin with lyrics and book by Timothy Mason.

The sets and the costumes are inspired by the original Dr. Seuss illustrations and the story is narrated by Max the Dog.

This holiday season, HTGSC!TM is playing at the Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles, California. Tickets for How The Grinch Stole Christmas! are being sold for a run that begins Nov. 10, 2009 and ends Jan. 3, 2010.

The entire production runs about 90 minutes and there’s no intermission (apparently the producers are Grinches when it comes to bathroom time).

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