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Who do you think is the most memorable part in Seussical?

To anyone who has seen the school version of Seussical:
1. Can they tell me the differences between the Broadway version and the school version? [If there is any...]
2. Curtain call
3. Which song you came out singing?

Thanks guys!
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The most memorable parts for me, as I have only seen the national tour with Cathy Rigby, was when Cathy did her improvisation bits. Those were very funny. MTI does not list a school version so if there is one I don't know of it and I came out singing quite a few songs... "Biggest Blame Fool", Alone In The Universe", "Amayzing Mayzie", "Solla Sollew" and "Having a Hunch". The reprise of "Solla Sollew" was also especially touching, but the best song by far is "Notice Me Horton". re: For those of you who love, know, or have seen Seussical:
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Kinda threadjacking but my school is doing Seussical this year...is it a decent show?
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Such a fun show. I really would like my school to do it next year just so I can costume.

"Alone in the Universe," "Solla Sollew," and "Notice Me, Horton" are the ones I'm always singing.

The most recent version I saw took a lot of liberty with costumes and such, but other than that I'm pretty sure it's the same as the Broadway show.

Curtain call, they sing the "Green Eggs and Ham" song, right?
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oops should have specified more:

I meant the curtain call list [order of bowing]
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I was in this fun show last year, but have never seen a professional production. MTI lists their version as the "Original Broadway Version" and, as far as I know, this is, for the most part, true. There are some changed lyrics here and there are some verses cut and/or moved around that don't match the CD, but other than that, it's pretty much right on.

Our curtain calls was:
1: Whos/Cadets/Circus Acts
2: Mr. & Mrs. Mayor/Gen. Schmitz
3: Bird Girls
4: Wickersham Brothers
5: Sour Kangaroo/Mayzie la Bird/Gertrude McFuzz
6: Jojo
7: Horton
8: Cat in the Hat

The main song I'll never forget is the opening, "Oh, the Thinks you can Think." Its really a knockout!


Updated On: 11/15/05 at 08:55 PM
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I know the show, but haven't been able to see it yet. A theatre company about 50 miles from us did it last season, and from what I understand, it was very well-recieved- especially by school group who attended.

I love the entire cast recording, but my favorite songs are "Having a Hunch", "Alone in the Universe", "Solla Sollew", "All For You" and "Biggest Blame Fool".

I'm in the process of tyring to convince the theatre company I work for to put Seussical on our season for 06-07, so if anyone has done the show and has any feedback that might help me, please let me know.
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I did this show during the summer, it was the BEST show I've ever been in. It was incredible. There are so many numbers in which the ensemble is involved that everyone gets there moment to shine.

Solla Sollew reprise was making us all cry. Beautiful.
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SEUSSICAL was revised three times in professional productions since Broadway.

There was pre-Broadway in Boston. Changed dramatically for Broadway and cut the song "The Lorax."

The "Cat" on Broadway changed three or four times. Cathy Rigby closed with the show. She then took it on the road and changed it up a LOT for the first national tour. "A Day For the Cat In The Hat" was cut. Lots of lyrics were changed - even some of the score. Scenes were cut, shortened, moved, etc.

Then a non-Equity tour followed a year or two later. Lots of staging changes, lyric changes, and some scene cuts/moves/shortening.

According to a friend who did the show, it's not the Broadway version. It's the non-Equity tour version, but they include "A Day For The Cat In The Hat" as optional. And there are two different scores: one for a male Cat and one for a female Cat.
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Theaterslave, I donít know if this is any incentive for your production company to put it on, but our school has already sold $2,000 worth of tickets.
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I came out singing "It's possible", "Biggest Blame Fool" and "Alone in the Universe"... I've only seen a school production, but loved it!
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This was the Broadway curtain call order...

1) Ensemble (the Who's)
2) Cat's Helpers/ Bird Girls
3) Bit Parts- Vlad Vladikoff, the Bailiff, etc.
4) JoJo's parents
5) General Schmitz
6) Sour Kangaroo
7) Mayzie
8 ) JoJo
9) Gertrude
10) Horton
11) The Cat in the Hat

I think that's everyone.

EDIT: Apparently the number 8 and the ) make a smiley face with sunglasses!
Updated On: 11/16/05 at 09:55 PM
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I was in this over the summer. Fun show. Our curtain call was kinda messed up. Mr. and Mrs. Mayor bowed before the Whos. What's with that? I love Solla Sollew. Such a beautiful song!
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Majority of the people who have been in Seussical say Sour Kangaroo is the most memorable part. Would you agree?
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Oh yes, she's a mother! (Literally)
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She gets to sing a couple of gospel-esque numbers, and audiences always seem to remember those.

However, if you have a good JoJo, he can run away with the show, as talented child actors tend to do. Audiences love cute children.

Also, if your Cat in the Hat is the type of person that's really good with audience banter and improvisation, he or she can easily run away with the show.

Then again, Gertrude always stops the show with All For You.

I truly this is one of those shows where everyone gets a moment to shine. Exceot for maybe Horton. It's one of the central roles, but it's the least "showy" of any of the leads. In order for Horton to have an impact (as Kevin Chamberlin did) it HAS to be well-acted, because he doesn't get any big vocal moments.
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Saw the original cast. I loved it. However it needed a strong central performance from the Cat in the Hat. It didn't get it and the show seemed to lack a center. With such a performance the show could have been much better. As it was it was still good but a bit diffuse.
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On Broadway:

Oh the Thinks You Can Think
Amazing Gertrude
All For You
McElligott's Pool
Green Eggs and Ham

Tour:

Nothing
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YAY! I just finished intern directing a prouction of Seussical! We had a two weekend run with 12 shows... nine of them sold out. The cast was 75 kids and they were AWESOME!!! The great thing about the show is it's very creative and the actors and really take their character in about 400 different ways.

Our VERY last show.... the egg fell out of the nest and went rolling down the stage... and Horton had to chase it. Good times... that's childrens theater!
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THE SHOW SUCCCCCKKKKKSS!!! thatss why it closed.
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I don't understand why Mayzie kind of disapears for the rest of the show after she goes to the circus... where does she go? I kind of forget about her...
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Memorable, well, there were some nice moments in the show. I really enjoyed David Shiner (spelling? I probably got it wrong) as The Cat in the Hat. For me, the best moment in that show that blended theatricality and the Seuss books was "Biggest Blame Fool in The Jungle of Nool."
The best, or most humable song to me was "How Lucky You Are." I sing that a lot still. Seussical is a flawed piece of great musical theater. The book is weak and any bit of gray is covered up by cheesy yellow. If there were darker elements I think it would have survived a while longer.
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For "whateverman"-
Obviously you lack class and maturity. Insted of saying it SUUUUUCKKKKS, how about why it SUUUUUCKKKKS?
Ever think of that?
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I am suditioning for this show in january....show is in march...yay!!!!!!!!!!

I want to be hoton.......vocal range fits me perfectly...yay

It would be so exciting of i was horton!!!!!!!!!!!