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November 10, 2013

The Grinch is coming to steal Christmas in Orange

ORANGE — Big League Productions presents the critically acclaimed, record-breaking Broadway musical production “Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical” at the Lutcher Theater to kick off the 2013 holiday season. The classic, whimsical tale will enchant audiences for performances at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 16 at the Lutcher Theater in Orange.

The Grinch comes to the Lutcher as one of only seven tour locations this season. After a week of rehearsal at the Lutcher, the Whos will travel to Fort Worth, TX, Cincinnati, OH, Durham, NC, Rochester, NY, Buffalo NY, and to San Antonio, TX. But Lutcher patrons get the opportunity to experience Whoville with the company’s inaugural performances. And, to date, there are no plans for the musical to tour Southeast Texas next year so area residents are privy to this rare opportunity.

The Grinch broke box office records for two consecutive years on Broadway during its holiday engagements at the St. James (2007) and Hilton (2006) theaters in New York. Since then, thousands of families across America have been delighted by this heart-warming holiday musical, which The New York Times praised as “100 times better than any bedside story” and the Gannett papers hailed as “A genius of a show! A total delight for both kids and adults.”

“Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical” features the hit songs “You’re A Mean One Mr. Grinch” and “Welcome Christmas” (written by Albert Hague and Dr. Seuss) from the original animated series. 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. Magnificent sets (John Lee Beatty) and costumes (Robert Morgan) inspired by Dr. Seuss’ original illustrations help transport audiences to the whimsical world of Whoville, while the Music and Book of Mel Marvin and Timothy Mason breathe new life into this timeless story of the true meaning of Christmas. The 2013 production is directed by Matt August and choreographed by Bob Richard based on the original choreography by John DeLuca and originally created by 3-time Tony Award winning director, Jack O’Brien.

Ticket prices range from $35-$65 and are on sale now at www.lutcher.org or by calling the Lutcher Theater Box Office at 409-886-5535. The Frances Ann Lutcher Theater for the Performing Arts is a Stark Cultural Venue and is located at 707 Main in Orange.

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