VIDEO: First Look at HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS? at the Old Globe
The Old Globe today presents the Globe's 21st annual production of Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas!The holiday musical will run November 3 - December 29 on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Globe's Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Previews run November 3 - November 7. Opening night is Thursday, November 8 at 7:00 p.m. The Grinch isdirected by James Vásquez, with book and lyrics by Timothy Mason and music by Mel Marvin. The original production of Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas! was conceived and directed by Jack O'Brien with additional lyrics by Theodor S. Geisel, additional music by Albert Hague, and original choreography by John DeLuca.
Tickets start at $29.00 for adults and $19.00 for children (17 years and under). Children under the age of three will be admitted to 11:00 a.m. performances only, which are open to all ages. At the 11:00 a.m. performances only, children under the age of two are free but must occupy the same seat and sit on the lap of a parent or guardian in attendance. Regardless of age, each audience member, including babes in arms, must have a ticket to be admitted into the theatre. Tickets can be purchased online at www.TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE, or by visiting the Box Office.
Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is a wonderful, whimsical musical based upon the classic Dr. Seuss book. Back for its 21st incredible year, the family favorite features the songs "Santa for a Day," "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch," and "Welcome, Christmas (Fah Who Doraze)," the delightful carol from the popular animated version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Celebrate the holidays as the Old Globe Theatre is once again transformed into the snow-covered Whoville, right down to the last can of Who-hash.
Edward Watts returns to the Globe after receiving critical acclaim and delighting audiences as The Grinch in 2017. He has appeared on Broadway in Scandalous, Finian's Rainbow, It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's Superman, The Fantasticks, The Most Happy Fella, and Lincoln Center's Show Boat, in addition to the national tours of The Book of Mormon, Les Misérables, and The Little Mermaid. His recent regional appearances include The Little Mermaid(Music Theatre Wichita), The Music Man (The Lexington Theatre Company), and Thoroughly Modern Millie(Goodspeed Musicals), and he appeared on PBS in the acclaimed "Live from Lincoln Center" broadcast of Show Boatwith the New York Philharmonic.
Sadie Tess Coleman, who has been part of the Little Who ensemble for two years, alternates in the role of Cindy-Lou Who with Leila Manuel, who is making her Globe debut.
Two-time San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Award winner Steve Gunderson returns as Old Max and marks his 16th appearance in The Grinch at the Globe. In addition to his extensive San Diego credits, he has been seen Off Broadway in Suds: The Rocking '60s Musical Soap Opera, Back to Bacharach and David, and others. He received a 2016 Creative Catalyst Program grant as writer and composer for The Artificial Woman. He is co-creator and arranger for Everybody's Talkin': The Music of Harry Nilsson and musical arranger for 33 1/3 and Yours, Truly, both to premiere in 2019. Tommy Martinez, making his Globe debut, will scale Mt. Crumpit as Young Max. He has been seen in NBC's Hairspray Live!, on the national tour of Kinky Boots, and on Broadway in Newsies.
Rounding out the cast of The Grinch are Robert J. Townsend (Papa Who), Bets Malone (Mama Who), Larry Raben (Grandpa Who), Kyrsten Hafso Koppman (Grandma Who), Zoe Carnot and Audrey Fundingsland (Annie Who), Taylor Coleman and Bianca Rodriguez (Betty-Lou Who), Alexander Ikizyan and Sean Pope (Boo Who), and Gavin August and John Perry Wishchuk (Danny Who). The ensemble consists of Sophia Adajar, Joelle Dana Advento, Nicholas Alexander, Jacob Caltrider, Janaya Mahealani Jones, Hannah Lee, Lindsay Mains, Sarah Meahl, Mackenzie Nibbe, Arden Pala, Viviana Peji, Amare Phillips, Marcus Terrell Smith, Hailey Topolovac, Kelsey Venter, and Stella Grace Wahl, as well as James Vásquez (Swing).
This season's production features Additional Choreography by Bob Richard and Musical Direction by Elan McMahan. The Grinch creative team also includes John Lee Beatty (Scenic Design), Robert Morgan (Costume Design), Pat Collins (Lighting Design), Paul Peterson (Sound Design), Anita Ruth (Orchestrator), Joshua Rosenblum(Vocal Arrangements and Incidental Music), David Krane (Dance Music Arranger), Caparelliotis Casting (Casting), and Jess Slocum (Production Stage Manager).
"The Grinch is once again returning to the heart of Balboa Park! All of us at The Old Globe are delighted to welcome him back," said Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. "For more than two decades this magical show has been a San Diego institution, introducing young people to the joys of theatre and bringing families together for the heartwarming rush of good cheer that only the live theatre can provide. We are thrilled to reunite our beloved Who family old and new with the brilliant Ed Watts, who is returning as The Grinch. Many of these extraordinary actors return year in and year out, and we love watching the littlest Whos grow up onstage along with our audience members. For many San Diegans the Grinch Tree Lighting Ceremony kicks off the holiday season, and we're looking forward to it. This year's sensory-friendly performance will offer additional surround events created by artists on the spectrum, including Grinch-y AXIS workshops and performances! This is a special time of year at the Globe, touched with the genius of Dr. Seuss and chock-full of surprise, entertainment, and joy."
The Old Globe will once again offer a sensory-friendly performance of Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas!on Saturday, December 1 at 10:30 a.m. Following very successful performances the past five years, The Grinch will be performed for children on the autism spectrum and their families, as well as other families with special needs that may appreciate the welcoming and supportive environment this performance provides. Slight adjustments will be made to the production, including fewer loud noises and flashing lights that may be challenging for some audience members. Additional features will also help make the experience safer and more enjoyable for children with autism and other sensitivity issues, including an online social story available to view and print at home that will outline in words and pictures the experience of a visit to the Globe; a quiet area in the lobby of the theatre; and on-site volunteers to assist families as needed. New this year is a sensory-friendly story-video created by Inclusion Films, whose founder, veteran filmmaker Joey Travolta, teaches filmmaking workshops to individuals with developmental disabilities throughout California.
2018 also marks a special FREE arts engagement AXIS surround event, including a pre-show concert featuring Jungle Poppins, an animated troupe of performers on the spectrum whose quirky original songs, favorite movie soundtracks, and upbeat covers will give show attendees a chance to get the wiggles out to familiar music, as well as with easy engagement activities. Following the Grinch performance, all can enjoy a Whoville Sings workshop with Paul Eddy, an inclusive drum circle featuring Banding Together, and a Grinch-y improv workshop.
The 13th annual Globe Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place on Sunday, November 11 at 6:00 p.m. on the Globe's Copley Plaza. The ceremony will kick off the holiday season in conjunction with the presentation of Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Designed by Grinch scenic designer John Lee Beatty, the unique tree will be located in the center of the plaza and will remain for the run of the show. This fun family event will feature a special live performance by members of the Grinch cast and a delightful holiday snowfall on Copley Plaza. Although the event is free, reservations are required. Reservations can be made by contacting the Ticket Office at (619) 23-GLOBE. They will be available for the general public on Friday, October 26 at 12:00 noon. The Grinch production performances that day will be at 11:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.