Tuesday, November 8, 2011

How the Grinch Steals the Show


Today's date: November 7, 2011

Contact: Diana Roth, 412-471-8717

PNC Broadway Across America-Pittsburgh presents

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical

November 22-27, 2011, Benedum Center

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust presents the Broadway musical production of the classic, whimsical tale of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical, from November 22-27, 2011, at the Benedum Center, as part of the PNC Broadway Across America-Pittsburgh series.

Performance dates/times include:Tuesday, November 22, Wednesday, November 23, and Thursday, November 24, at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, November 25, at 2:00 and 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, November 26, at 11:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m., and 8:00 p.m.; Sunday, November 27, at 1:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Tickets ($20 - $67) to Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical are on sale for all performances,in-person at the Box Office at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue, downtown Pittsburgh, by phone at (412) 456-6666 or online at www.TRUSTARTS.org. For group ticket sales (10 or more), please call 412-471-6930. PNC Broadway Across America - Pittsburgh series is a presentation of The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Pittsburgh Symphony and Broadway Across America.

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical, is based on Dr. Seuss’ original book, and features popular songs "You're A Mean One Mr. Grinch" and "Welcome Christmas” (written by Albert Hague and Dr. Seuss) from the original animated television series (1966), among other songs written for this stage production- a total of 18 musical numbers and reprises. Stefan Karlwill enchant audiences of all ages as the Grinch. The cast also features Old Max played by Bob Lauder, Seth Bazacas as Young Max, various cast playing familiar characters from the Who family, and Citizens of Whoville and Who Kids ensembles. “A genius of a show! For a family on a holiday-season outing, it's the right ticket (Gannett Papers).” Max the Dog narrates as the mean and scheming Grinch, whose heart is "two sizes too small," decides to steal Christmas away from the holiday loving Whos. “An awesome first Broadway musical for kids. A bright, tuneful, neatly packaged expansion of the book (The Record)."

Stefan Karlis a veteran stage, film and TV actor. Stefan has starred as the Grinch in previous Broadway touring productions; and is also widely known to audiences for his portrayal of the villain Robbie Rotten on Nickelodeon’s popular TV program LazyTown. He is the recipient of the Thorbjorn Egner Award (2000) for outstanding new actor, and Bessi Award (2004). Icelandic Press Association chose Stefan as “Man of the Year (2003) for his acting, and contribution to the arts and children’s charities. Stefan is the founder of Icelandic nonprofit organization Rainbow Children, a charity which raises funds to address the problem of child bullying. For his work in the music industry as a singer and performer (piano, accordion, and drums), Stefan has two gold and two platinum records. Stefan is a member of the National Theatre of Iceland.

The music and book of Mel Marvin and Timothy Mason bring new experiences to this classic, timeless story of the true meaning of Christmas for audiences of all ages to enjoy. “The most loveable Christmas villain of them all! This Grinch brings the Dr. Seuss classic fancifully to life - you might find your heart growing a few sizes, too (Associated Press).”The current production is directed by Matt August and choreographed by Bob Richard, based on the original choreography by John DeLuca and originally created by Tony Award® winning director, Jack O’Brien. Magnificent sets (John Lee Beatty) and costumes (Robert Morgan) were inspired by Dr. Seuss’ original illustrations and transport audiences to the whimsical world of Whoville.

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical is produced by Big League Productions. Led by Pittsburgh native Daniel Sher, as owner and Executive Producer, Big League is celebrating its 22nd season of producing, general managing and booking Broadway musicals and special attractions for touring throughout North America.

Big League collaborated with Disney Theatricals in creating its new production of Elton John and TimRice’s Aida which toured in North America and China. Among Big League’s other highlights was a new touring production of Miss Saigon developed in collaboration with Cameron Mackintosh, which toured the U.S. and Canada for four years. Other noteworthy productions were the Japanese and North American touring productions of 42nd Street with the creative team from the Tony Award®-winning Broadway revival as well as a three-year tour of Meredith Willson’s The Music Man as newly conceived by Susan Stroman.

Others have included Footloose (Las Vegas, Atlantic City, North American tour), tours of Titanic, 1776, Peter Pan, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum starring Rip Taylor and the unique spectacular Blast! Big League’s renowned production of The Who’s Tommy has been seen throughout North America, South America, and Europe, and most recently in Tokyo.

In recent seasons, Big League produced the 30thAnniversary national tour of the Tony Award®-winning musical Ain’t Misbehavin’ starring “American Idol” winner Ruben Studdard and the first national tour of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang which proved to be the company’s most technically dynamic production to date. The booking department at Big League, helmed by Vice President John Starr, is among the most respected in the industry. Current productions include national tours of GUYS AND DOLLS, MY FAIR LADY, the dance show Groovaloo which recently premiered Off-Broadway, and Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! which the company is proud to be executive producing. www.GrinchMusical.com

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