I’m no stranger to kids movies and live theater, but seeing Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical marked the first time that I laughed just as hard as the five-year-old next to me. Thanks in large part to the musical’s writing and the brilliant actor that portrays the Grinch, I left the show wanting to see more.
Narrated by an older version of the Grinch’s dog, Max, the audience is introduced to the familiar green monster and his hatred of Christmas. While the Grinch makes his way through Whoville, stealing all of the Who’s gifts and their Christmas feast, he meets little Cindy Lou Who, who (in the end) melts his heart with her good will.
Based on the book by Dr. Seuss and the 1966 animated television special, The Grinch brings festive music to the holiday classic while still holding true to fan favorites, including “You’re A Mean One Mr. Grinch” and “Welcome Christmas.” Viewers young and old will enjoy watching their favorite parts of the story come to life on stage. The Whos still gleefully sing and dance as they prepare for Christmas despite a lack of gifts and decorations, and the Grinch still realizes the true meaning of Christmas.
The traveling Broadway musical began its Denver visit on December 3, and for a short time, families can be dazzled by Philip Huffman, who plays the Grinch with charisma and attitude. He stole the audience’s attention every time he appeared on stage, particularly in a rendition of “One of a Kind” that left the theatergoers howling with laughter. Huffman earned most of the laughs in the musical, including a few chuckles himself when a little girl in the audience shouted out “Merry Christmas” in the middle of a scene.
At just 85 minutes, The Grinch is a lighthearted holiday experience for the whole family. Incorporating many of Dr. Seuss’ lessons from the book, The Grinch reminds us all that Christmas is not about how much you spend on others, but your generosity toward them.
Need to Know: Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical plays at the Buell Theatre at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts from December 3 to 8. Tickets start at $30 and can be purchased online.