Last night I had the pleasure of attending opening night of Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical with my three year old, Maya (http://browardcenter.org/events/detail/dr-seuss-how-the-grinch-stole-christmas). A literary staple during the holidays in our home, getting to see this book come to life on the stage at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, was simply magical.
The miserable-Christmas-hating Grinch (perfectly played by Stefan Karl) vows to steal Christmas from the wonderfully cheerful and delightful Whos of Whoville, who happen to be filled with delirious amounts of holiday spirit- and the Grinch isn't having it! Narrated by Max the Dog (played by Bob Lauder), we are taken on a heart-warming journey of love, friendship, and Christmas cheer, to witness with excitement and joy as The Grinch's heart ceases to be two sizes two small.
Dr. Seuss' children classic, was first published in 1957 and has seen different variations of films played out on the big screen. But nothing captures the music, the colors, the set design, like the Broadway show! Maya was hanging from the edge of her seat, all wide-eyed and giddy, each time that charmingly menacing Grinch appeared or when the candy-cane colors of the Whoville scenes would come to life. Stefan Karl as The Grinch was simply phenomenal! He engaged the crowd, even pushing for a hearty sing-a-long during the performance. And who are we to say no to the Grinch?!
The songs are just as catchy and there's no doubt you will be singing the lyrics of 'You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch' well after the show is over, because how could you not?! Other songs like 'Welcome, Christmas' and 'It's the Thought That Counts,' reminds us of the true meaning of Christmas- being together and spending time with family and friends you love dear.
Fans of the Christmas classic know how the holidays turns out for the Whos and the Grinch; but, the power of a feel-good story is allowing that magic to feel brand new all over again. There's nothing more tender and beautiful than Cindy Who's and the Grinch's innocent and loving friendship, proving that even the grouchiest and meanest of thingamajigs, need love too!
The musical is running through December 27th, and if there's anything that's a must-see on your holiday agenda, is catching a performance of How The Grinch Stole Christmas! It's perfect for the whole-family and a guaranteed good time! Tickets as low as $35 are available and this is one musical your kids won't want to miss. So don't be a mean one- let the Grinch steal your heart and remind you what the holidays are all about!
Whoville is waiting!