RELEASES WORLD PREMIERE RECORDING
OF DR. SEUSS'
HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS!
Starring Patrick Page, John Cullum and other
Members of the Original Broadway Cast
Masterworks Broadway in Partnership with Running Subway and Dr. Seuss Enterprises announces the release of the World Premiere Recording of Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical. The recording, which features original Broadway cast members Patrick Page as "The Grinch" and John Cullum as "Old Max," is available now on CD and digital download.
With book and lyrics by Timothy Mason and music by Mel Marvin, Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical also includes two songs written by Theodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss himself) and composer Albert Hague: the beloved "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" and "Welcome, Christmas," both from the classic 1966 animated television special. The World Premiere Recording includes two bonus tracks: a new recording of the song "Where Are You, Christmas?" from the 2000 movie, as well as "Once in a Year," which was cut from the musical prior to its Broadway premiere.
"We are thrilled to be releasing this CD," said Susan Brandt, President of Licensing and Marketing at Dr. Seuss Enterprises. "Many of these songs hold a special place in people's hearts and now they can finally enjoy them whenever and wherever they want. It's a whole new way to celebrate a classic holiday tradition."
Dr. Seuss' classic holiday tale about materialism and the true meaning of Christmas first came to life on Broadway for a holiday engagement in 2006. The New York Times said the musical was "100 times better than any bedside story" and the Gannett papers hailed it as "A genius of a show! A total delight for both kids and adults." Promptly breaking box office records, it returned to the Great White Way the following year, broke records again, and has been touring the nation during the holiday season ever since, with another Broadway run in 2012. A new US tour launches November 19 in Ft. Worth, followed by stops in Cincinnati, Durham, Rochester, Buffalo and San Antonio. Additionally, Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical will return to San Diego's Old Globe Theatre November 16 through December 28.
The timeless story of the Scrooge-like Grinch, who tries to ruin Christmas for everybody until he has a dramatic change of heart, has been delighting both children and adults since the picture book came out in 1957. Over nearly half a century, the story has re-appeared in new formats, first as a classic TV special with the voice of Boris Karloff, and later a hit live-action movie in 2000 starring Jim Carrey. When the Broadway musical burst on the scene, the Grinch's tale gained vivid new life for new generations yet again. Theodor "Seuss" Geisel is quite simply the most beloved children's book author of all time. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1984, an Academy Award, three Emmy Awards, three Grammy Awards, and three Caldecott Honors, Geisel wrote and illustrated 44 books for children. Hundreds of millions of copies have found their way into homes and hearts around the world. While Theodor Geisel died on September 24, 1991, Dr. Seuss lives on, inspiring generations of children of all ages to explore the joys of reading.
The primary focus of Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P. is to protect the integrity of the Dr. Seuss books while expanding beyond books into ancillary areas. This effort is a strategic part of the overall mission to nurture and safeguard the relationship people have with Dr. Seuss characters. Theodor Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss) said he never wanted to license his characters to anyone who would "round out the edges." That is one of the guiding philosophies of Dr. Seuss Enterprises. Audrey S. Geisel, the widow of Dr. Seuss, heads Dr. Seuss Enterprises as CEO.