BWW Blog: Steve Blanchard of Old Globe's GRINCH - Who is Carol? And Why is She Linging?


This is what I said as I was in agony over the Who's Christmas caroling. I was so pleased with myself, I misjudged the distance of the cave wall and bloodied my nose! (I bang my head against the cave wall when they sing.) Just another lil' tradition I started last year. In last year's production, I broke a Christmas present on my head, instead of my foot, and bloodied my forehead! Woo-Hoo! Little Cindy-Lou Who looked at me with eyes the size of a planet. I spent the next 10 minutes onstage trying not to get blood on her dress. I didn't want the folks in wardrobe mad at me! Speaking of which, did you know how to get blood off of any fabric? Spit on it! Only your saliva will work on your blood. Thanks to the brilliant ladies and gentlemen of wardrobe in the theatre for teaching me that! And a special thanks to Beth Merriman for always making me look comfy, green and Grinchy!

My little Who is a week old today! Mama and little Ren are doing great. I changed a fragrant lil' diaper at 4 a.m., then did a student matinee this morning at 10:30 a.m. I was VERY Grinchy. At last week's student matinee, when I was trying to wish all a "Merry Christmas," I usually stutter a few “Chr...Chr...”, when a little one from the audience shouted "Merry Christmas!" I simply turned to the little one and whined "Just gimme a chance!" Much fun was had in Whoville that day.

Thank you for once again tuning into another edition of wardrobe secrets in the theater. I'm your host, the mean one, until next time... Don't break things on your head.

BWW Blog: Steve Blanchard of Old Globe's GRINCH - Who is Carol? And Why is She Linging?


BWW Blog: Steve Blanchard of Old Globe's GRINCH - Who is Carol? And Why is She Linging?My Little "Who"

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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