Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical easily made my heart grow three times bigger. I’m very impressed with this intermission-less show starring Stefan Karl as the evil yet strangely endearing Grinch. Karl slithers through this musical with plenty of sinister swagger as the classic Christmas-loathing villain of Whoville. On opening night at Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Karl demonstrated the Grinch is wittier than ever as he had a couple of live interactions with some overzealous children in the office who were trying to snatch his spotlight for a moment. Karl glowed as a traditional Seuss-created Grinch but added a few modern twists. The 2015 Grinch uses hashtags when he’s ranting about how much he despises Christmas.
Bob Lauder does a superb job narrating the show as Old Max, The Grinch’s former dog. While the play is definitely suited for children as maybe even a first taste of the theater show, this is one holiday play that will appeal to the child in all of us. Don’t miss this magical show that includes an epic audience sing along to the beloved tune: “You’re A Mean One Mr. Grinch.” After all, it isn’t Christmas without The Grinch!
Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical runs at Broward Center for the Performing Arts through Dec. 27. There are no performances on Christmas Day.
Tickets start at $35.
The show takes place at Broward Center for the Performing Arts
201 S.W. Fifth Avenue, Fort Lauderdale.
For tickets visit browardcenter.org or call 954-462-0222.