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Broadway's The Grinch sleds into San Antonio for a different Christmas song and dance
Taking kids to sit on Santa’s lap is going out of style. Sorry if that’s a grinchy take, but if a man in an oversize suit is part of your holiday plans, it might as well be the Broadway take on the Grinch. The record-breaking productionDr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical is coming to San Antonio's Majestic Theatre for a six-show stretch from November 29 to December 4.
If you’ve ever wished to see a Christmas version of Cats, this might be your Christmas miracle. It has it all: bizarre and fuzzy costumes, audience engagement, at least two iconic songs: “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch,” and “Welcome Christmas.” (Plus, you try explaining the Grinch to someone who somehow avoided the story into adulthood.)
Reviewers point out that the show does not match the movies entirely, so there is new material even for people who know the story back-to-front. Max the Dog takes on a new role as the narrator, and the Grinch’s heart is exactly its traditional size: “two sizes too small.”
The Whos appear to defend their favorite holiday in candy cane-striped costumes, and promotional videos show lots of physical stage antics like jump roping and lots of pantomiming. There is not much official information on what to expect onstage, but reviews agree that the 90-minute show is likely best suited for younger kids.
Adults will not see Matthew Morrison (Glee’s Will Schuester) as the Grinch, since Broadway in San Antonio features special touring casts. The rest of the season gives San Antonians a chance to see Broadway-level acting in Pretty Woman, R.E.S.P.E.C.T., Disney’s Aladdin, Hairspray, Chicago, To Kill A Mockingbird, Riverdance, and a rescheduled performance of Hamilton.
Tickets (starting at $45) are available at majesticempire.com, the theater box office, or by phone at 210-226-3333.