How The Grinch Stole Christmas has been a long-time holiday favorite at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, where it was directed by Jack O'Brien. He will serve as the production creator and supervisor for the Broadway production, which will be helmed by Matt August, who was O'Brien's assistant director on Imaginary Friends and Henry IV.
The show features book and lyrics by Timothy Mason and music by Mel Marvin. The creative team includes John DeLuca (choreography), John Lee Beatty (sets), Robert Morgan (costunes), and Pat Collins (lighting).
How the Grinch Stole Christmas, which was first published in 1957, tells the story of a mean-spirited creature who literally steals the holiday from a cheerful group of townsfolk called the Whos. Nonetheless, they decide to celebrate Christmas, even inviting the Grinch to join the festivities. The book was turned into a much-loved animated TV special in 1996 and a big-budget big screen feature in 2000 starring Jim Carrey, Jeffrey Tambor, and Christine Baranski.
Dr. Seuss, whose real name was Theodor Geisel, died in 1991. His widow, Audrey, will serve as an associate producer of the New York production. The show will also be seen at the Old Globe, November 11-December 24.