The other night, I saw Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical at The Pantages Theater in Hollywood. I love the popular cartoon, the song and even the Jim Carey movie, so I expected much of the same, but was very disappointed.
Let me start with the good things first-- it starred John Larroquette; there was some humorous parts and it was only an hour and a half long. There wasn't an intermission, which was smart, because I would have taken the opportunity to sneak out. However, the later half was better than the painful begining. I of course expected the musical to be childish, but it was so geared towards children even more so than the original cartoon, making me think this would have been better to take a child to as a great introduction to Broadway and not for my husband and I.
I was also surprised that John Larroquette wasn't in the title role of The Grinch, but played his dog Max from the future and the story's narrator of sorts. In fact, the whole story was told through the eyes of the dog now older, which I thought was weird, corny and forced. I know they were just trying to tell the famous story in a new way, but I liked the original and would have just preferred seeing that.
The show runs until January 3, 2010. Tickets range from $23 - $90 but their are also special deals via @pantages twitter and on Goldstar.com.