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How the Grinch Stole Xmas Musical Review

30 Nov

How the Grinch stole Christmas Musical at the Pantages Theater is a great show for all to enjoy, kids and adults alike.  The 90 minute musical with no intermission is perfectly timed.  It is not too short nor too long (keeping in mind the attention span of 10 year olds in the audience).

The cast is as diverse in age as the audience and features a 5 time Emmy Award winner, John Larroquette, as Old Max, the narrator of the show.  Issadora Tulalian who plays little Cindy Lou Who, will steal your heart with her charismatic character and make you wonder how that strong voice is coming from such a tiny young girl.  The Grinch is wonderfully portrayed by Stefan Karl —  you’ll hate him for his devious thoughts from his heart “that’s 2 sizes too small”, understand his anger from his loneliness, and grow to love him, all within an hour and 30 minutes.

The amazing orchestra, conducted by Ron Colvard sets the tone throughout the whole show.  The songs however, though appropriate for the story, are not as memorable as most musicals with the exception of two:  Cindy Lou Who’s ballad, which is a tear-jerker for most, and the infamous Mr. Grinch song that encourages crowd participation, which is surely a treat for all.  The whimsical set with its fun colorful atmosphere really places you in the pages of the original Dr. Seuss book, along with its vivid hues and vibrant outlandish costumes.  All in all, the musical truly brings the classic book to life.

Though geared towards a young audience, it will still capture adults that are young at heart and set the mood for the holiday season.  This heart warming adaptation will have you leave the theater (as said by Dr. Seuss himself) with your heart “3 sizes larger” than before.

Show Sidenote — If you are planning to bring a child who gets frightened easily, I advice you not to sit in the first 2 rows as I did, for the Grinch’s grinchiness might frighten a young one.  Nonetheless, I prefer sitting close since I like being able to see the facial expressions of the actors and actresses.

XOXO, Chic Chick

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