‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’ is one of the most well known rhymed verse children books written by Dr. Seuss who has also done its illustrations. ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’ is the story of a bad cave creature that has a heart two sizes too small for him. The Grinch lives with his dog called Max on a 3,000 feet high Mount Crumpit north of Whoville, home to many happy go lucky Whos. Jealous of their merriment, he plans to steal their Christmas by taking away their gifts and decorations. Although he successfully steals their presents and decorations etc, the Whos celebrate Christmas nonetheless. It is after this that he realizes that there is more to Christmas than presents and decorations. He heart grows three sizes larger and he celebrates with the Whos living happily ever after. The play ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’ was adopted from the said book and was first performed at the Old Globe Theatre, San Diego, where it runs every Christmas season since 1998. Following are the credits of the original production; Jack O’Brien directed the original production, Timothy Mason wrote the lyrics and books, Mel Marvin composed the original score and John Deluca choreographed the sequences. The original production featured songs from the televised version lyrics of which were wrote by Seuss and music was composed by Albert Hague. Vanessa Hudgens, then an unknown name played Cindy Lou Who.
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Three new songs including “This Time of Year,” “It’s the Thought That Counts” and “Fah Who Doraze” that was composed as part of the animated television special were added were added both to the Old Globe Theatre production and the Broadway production in 2007. The play was then taken up and adopted as a Broadway production that was debuted at the Hilton Theatre for the Christmas season in November 2006 and ran twelve performances a day until the first week of January. ‘how the grinch stole christmas broadway’ topped the musical Broadway Box Office gross revenue breaking Wicked’s 100 week lead.
The second run of ‘how the grinch stole christmas show ’ began at the St. James Theatre in November 2007. The specialty of this second limited run was that Patrick Page returned to his title role and it was to be run until first week of January. However, it was cut short because of Local One stagehand strike. Despite the general manager, David Waggett’s announcement that Local One had agreed to let the play run because of its unique contracts. However, it was not resumed as a consequence of a statement issued by the owner of St. James Theatre stating that it would not be run until the strike is not settled with Broadway. The producers’ foresight paid off and they were granted permission to resume the play on November 23 giving a total of eleven performances during the Thanksgiving weekend.
Another tour of ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas plays and theatre’ has been planned for Christmas season of 2008 and will be staged from November 11 to 23 at Hippodrome in Baltimore and then from November 26 to December 28 at the Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre in Boston.
The Grinch Stole Christmas adapted the story as an animated film in 1966. How the Grinch Stole Christmas and the motion picture screenplay of the same name, this novelization elaborates on the story of a holiday gone awry. As part of the ongoing series Present at the Creation,