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Shuler Hensley to Steal Christmas as The Grinch in Chicago

The Tony winner takes on the Dr. Seuss musical this holiday season.

Shuler Hensley will play the Grinch this Christmas in Chicago.
Shuler Hensley will play the Grinch this Christmas in Chicago.
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Tony Award winner Shuler Hensley will play The Grinch in the 2014 Chicago holiday season revival of Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical. Matt August directs the production, which plays the Chicago Theatre from November 20-29.

Hensley won his Tony for his performance as Jud Fry in Oklahoma! He recently appeared on Broadway in the repertory revivals of Waiting for Godot and No Man's Land, and he received Obie and Lortel Awards for his work in Samuel D. Hunter's off-Broadway drama The Whale.

"For as long as I can remember, the Grinch has been a part of my Holiday experience," Hensley said in a statement. "As a kid, watching Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas always helped remind me of the true meaning of Christmas, and the fact that I can now be a part of this story and share it with my own kids is amazing! What a great way to spend the holidays!"

Originally created by Jack O'Brien, the stage version of the classic Dr. Seuss story features a book by Timothy Mason and music and lyrics by Mason and Mel Marvin. The 2014 revival is choreographed by Bob Richard based on the original work of John DeLuca.

Whether Hensley will play the role when the show returns to New York City this holiday season from December 5-28 at Theater at Madison Square Garden is still unknown.

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