BWW Blog: Steve Blanchard of Old Globe's GRINCH - Thoughts on CT Tragedy

December 19
8:34 AM 2012


Our hearts and thoughts go out to all the families touched by the events in CT. Yesterday our director, James Vasquez, was so emotional at our rehearsal for the autism-friendly performance. He said how lucky and blessed we are to be able to give to these wonderful children and to be in a production that can touch so many people.

So I say to you, go hug your kids today, tell 'em how much you love 'em. Then do it again. Call your parents and tell them too. And if you still have 'em, call Grandma and Grandpa as well. We need more love in this world, and a little less criticism, arguing, and debate. Looking forward to sharing all the details of our awesome Autism show at The Globe!

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Guest Blogger: Steve Blanchard Steve Blanchard - (Broadway) Made his Broadway debut in the 1984 short lived revival of The Three Musketeers. He then played Lancelot to Robert Goulet's Arthur in Camelot, and Fred in A Christmas Carol starring Ben Vereen. For over 11 years he starred in Beauty & the Beast as both Gaston and for the last 8 years of the run, the Beast. (Nat'l Tours) In 1981, he played the title role in Hans Christian Andersen across the U.S. and in 1987 as an understudy, Steve went on opening night in Los Angeles to tremendous acclaim as Miles Gloriosus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum starring Mickey Rooney. He then spent over 2 years as the Phantom in Ken Hill's original version of Phantom of The Opera, then two years with Mr. Goulet in Camelot. He has co-starred as Pa with Melissa Gilbert as Ma in the original cast of Little House on the Prairie and toured throughout Japan in West Side Story. (Off-Broadway) Steve created the role of the Creature in Frankenstein, and the title role in Johnny Guitar. He also appeared as the father in An Oak Tree, and John Flask in Moby Dick. (Regional) In 2011 & 2012, Steve starred as the Grinch in How The Grinch Stole Christmas at the Old Globe in San Diego, and with Ms. Gilbert, he co-starred at Minnesota's Guthrie Theatre in Little House on the Prairie. In addition to creating the role of Phoebus in the Hunchback drama Esmeralda at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, and creating the role of Nanki-poo in the swing/jazz Hot Mikado at D.C.'s Fords Theatre, He has also starred as Julian Marsh opposite Loretta Swit in 42nd St. at Houston's Theatre Under the Stars, and as Lt. Cable with Robert Goulet in South Pacific at Atlanta's Theatre of The Stars. (TV) Steve has been featured in episodes of Third Watch, Law and Order, Ed, Cupid, Police Story, Sunset Beat, The Guiding Light, One Life to Live, Another World, and Rapmaster Ronnie for HBO. (Recordings) Steve can be heard on original cast recordings of Frankenstein, Johnny Guitar, Sundown, and his own CD, Northbound Train. Visit