How the Grinch Stole Christmas - on Broadway
November 9, 2006 - a trip for Meagan's 9th Birthday
"The Grinch" was good. Not great, but good. The best parts were the sets (I felt like I was IN a Dr. Seuss book) and the actors (kids, 12 of them!). It was almost mystical how great they were.
Cindy Lou Who was simply fabulous. You could see clearly that she is a performer, she was completely comfortable on stage and vibrant - I got the impression that she is a Grinch fan and got the role of her life. The other kids were not far behind either; as a matter of fact, I'd say they were equally "into" their roles and did a better job than the adults in the cast (and that's not belittling the adults performances).
Oh, and yeah, the Who Hair-Do's were quite the rage too.
The music was OK; the story was true to the book - the only "license" being the Max (the dog), as an old-timer, was the Narrarator; I missed Boris Karloff. No good way to show young Max struggling with the loaded sleigh and Grinch gaining his super-human power to pick up the loaded sleigh preventing it from falling off the tip of the mountain, but that's OK.
Something was not quite as heart-warming about the Who's singing "Fa Who Dor Re" as it was in the cartoon version. "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" was pretty cool, but I wish they didn't "Broadway" it.
I'll have to watch the original today - I still need my Holiday Fix of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas".
So, my favorite "Nostalgic" show on Broadway? Still:
Chitty-Chitty Bang Bang
(Wins by light years)
Thanks to The Grinch Musical.
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