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Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

November 05 - December 26

Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage
Old Globe Theatre
Conrad Prebys Theatre Center

Photo Credits

(from left) J. Bernard Calloway as The Grinch and Tyrone Davis, Jr. as Young Max in Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, 2016. Photo by Jim Cox.

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!


Book and Lyrics by Timothy Mason
Music by Mel Marvin
Original Production Conceived and Directed by Jack O’Brien
Original Choreography by John DeLuca
Directed by James Vásquez

America’s favorite holiday fable returns for its 19th joyous year, and we’ve added a week! 

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is a wonderful, whimsical musical based upon the classic Dr. Seuss book. Back for its 19th incredible year, the family favorite features the songs “This Time of Year,” “Santa for a Day” and “Fah Who Doraze,” the delightful carol from the popular animated version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Celebrate the holidays as the Old Globe Theatre is once again transformed into the snow-covered Whoville, right down to the last can of Who-hash.

Children's tickets are available for ages 3-17. Children under 3 will not be admitted, except at 11:00 a.m. performances.

11:00 a.m. matinee performances are open to all ages. At the 11:00 a.m. performances only, children under the age of two are free, but must occupy the same seat and sit on the lap of a parent or guardian in attendance, and must present a ticket for lap seating to be admitted.  Lap seat tickets may be obtained from the box office when purchasing your other tickets.
Running time: 1 hour, 25 minutes.  There is no intermission.

As in years past, The Grinch will be performed on Saturday December 10th for children on the autism spectrum and their families, as well as other families with special needs that may appreciate the welcoming and supportive environment this performance provides.

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Leading Season Sponsor
Audrey S. Geisel

Production Sponsors
Bank of America and Random House Children's Books

Free Student Matinee Sponsors
and KPMG


Program                Grinch Cast Calendar                 Christmas Tree Lighting

Group Discounts for 15 or more

Grinch Groups


Cast and Creative



Timothy Mason (Book and Lyrics) has been represented at the Globe and on Broadway with the musical Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! His other theatre credits include Levitation, Only You, Babylon Gardens with Timothy Hutton and Mary-Louise Parker, and The Fiery Furnace starring Julie Harris (Circle Repertory Company), his six-play The Young Americans Cycle (comprised of Ascension Day, The Less Than Human Club, Time on Fire, Mullen’s Alley, My Life in the Silents, and The Life to Come)(American Conservatory Theater’s Young Conservatory in San Francisco), Cannibals (Naked Eye Theatre), Six (Guthrie Theater Lab), Actors Theatre of Louisville, South Coast Repertory, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Victory Gardens Theater, the Jungle Theatre in Minneapolis, and the Royal National Theatre, London. Mr. Mason created many plays for young audiences at the Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis, including musicals in collaboration with Mel Marvin, and the first Dr. Seuss musical, The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins with composer Hiram Titus. Mr. Mason’s novel for middle-school kids, The Last Synapsid, was published by Random House. His new historical thriller for adults, The Chorister, will soon be published by Algonquin Books.

Mel Marvin (Composer) has composed at the Globe for Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! and Tintypes. His Broadway credits include Yentl, A History of the American Film, Tintypes (Tony Award nomination), Fascinating Rhythm, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, and Cymbeline (Lincoln Center Theater). He has also had nine shows produced Off Broadway. His other credits include scores for many of America’s best-known regional theatres, including Arena Stage, The Guthrie Theater, American Repertory Theater, La Jolla Playhouse, Lincoln Center Theater, and Mark Taper Forum, where he was an associate artist and wrote the original music for the premiere of Angels in America. Mr. Marvin’s other projects include Guest from the Future, an opera with libretto by Jonathan Levi that had its premiere in the Summerscape program at the Fisher Center for the Arts in July 2004, and Buwalsky, an opera commissioned by Holland’s Opera Spanga that premiered in The Netherlands in August 2004 and subsequently toured the U.S. with performances in New Haven and New York City. A recent musical, Eden, set in New Orleans the week after Katrina, was done at the O’Neill Music Theater Conference in July 2010. Elmer Gantry, a musical of the Sinclair Lewis novel, received a major revival in 2014 at Signature Theatre Company. Mr. Marvin is head faculty composer and producing director of the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is one of seven musicals for young audiences he has written for his daughter, Kate.

Jack O’Brien (Conceived and Directed Original Production, Artistic Director Emeritus) served as the Artistic Director of The Old Globe from 1981 through 2007. Mr. O’Brien most recently directed the Broadway revival of The Front Page, Great Scott at San Diego Opera, and the national tour of The Sound of Music. He also directed the 2014 Broadway revival of It’s Only a Play starring F. Murray Abraham, Matthew Broderick, Nathan Lane, Stockard Channing, and Megan Mullally. His Broadway credits also include: Macbeth with Ethan Hawke, The Nance, Dead Accounts, Catch Me If You Can, Impressionism, The Coast of Utopia (Tony Award), Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Tony nomination), Henry IV (Tony Award), Hairspray (Tony Award), Imaginary Friends, The Invention of Love (Tony nomination, Drama Desk Award), The Full Monty (Tony nomination), More to Love, Getting Away with Murder, Pride’s Crossing, The Little Foxes, Hapgood (Lucille Lortel Award, Best Director), Damn Yankees, Two Shakespearean Actors (Tony nomination), Porgy and Bess (Tony Award). Metropolitan Opera: II Trittico. London: Love Never Dies, Hairspray (Olivier nomination). National Theatre: His Girl Friday. Six movies for PBS’s “American Playhouse.” Awards: 2008 Theatre Hall of Fame Inductee, 2005 John Houseman Award, ArtServe Michigan 2008 International Achievement Award, Honorary Doctorate, University of Michigan. Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, University of San Diego. Film (actor): Sex and the City 2. Jack Be Nimble: The Accidental Education of an Unintentional Director, his memoir about the early years of his career, was released in the summer of 2013 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

James Vásquez (Director)Previously at The Old Globe, Mr. Vásquez directed Rich Girl, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!,and Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show and provided musical staging for The Comedy of Errors directed by Scott Ellis, Boeing-Boeing,and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. With The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program, he has directed Clybourne Park and last year’s world premiere of Keith Reddin’s Acquainted with the Night. He received Craig Noel Award nominations for Outstanding Direction of a Musical for the world premiere of Harmony, Kansas and the West Coast premiere of [title of show] (Diversionary Theatre) and won the award in 2010 for Sweeney Todd (Cygnet Theatre Company). His other recent directing/choreography credits include The Addams Family (Moonlight Stage Productions), West Side Story and Cats (San Diego Musical Theatre), Tell Me on a Sunday (Vista’s Broadway Theater), Pippin, the West Coast premiere of Birds of a Feather, and Next Fall (Diversionary), and Hedwig and the Angry Inch and Pageant (Cygnet), as well as developmental workshops at La Jolla Playhouse and Goodspeed Musicals. In 2004, Mr. Vásquez founded Daisy 3 Pictures with Mark Holmes and Carrie Preston. Their first two feature films, 29th and Gay and Ready? OK!, played national and international film festivals, with Ready? OK! winning Best Feature Film awards in Seattle, North Carolina, and San Diego. Their latest feature film, That’s What She Said, made its world premiere at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. Mr. Vásquez is a graduate of The Juilliard School.

John DeLuca (Original Choreography) Film: Into the Woods, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Nine, Memoirs of a Geisha, Chicago, The Terminal. TV: “Tony Bennett: An American Classic,” “75th Annual Academy Awards,” “Kennedy Center Honors.” Broadway/New York theatre: Minnelli on Minnelli, Broadway Sings Elton John, Deborah Voight on Broadway, Sweet Adeline (City Center Encores!), Two Gentlemen of Verona (The Public Theater). National tour: The Boy Friend, Chita & All That Jazz, Music of the Night, Brigadoon. American Stage Company: Oedipus Private Eye, Lucky Guy, The Gig. Two Emmy Awards, two Golden Globe nominations, American Musical Theatre Award, Choreography Media Honors, American Choreography Award, and Hamilton Behind the Camera Award. Currently producing Mary Poppins Returns (2018).

Bob Richard (Additional Choreography) provided choreography for Dr. SeussHow the Grinch Stole Christmas! at The Old Globe, on Broadway, on tour, and this year on stage at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. Off Broadway heco-directed andchoreographed Inventing Mary Martin: The Revue of a Lifetime, which was recognized and nominated for the prestigious Joe A. Callaway Award, and directed The Road to Qatar! at York Theatre Company. He also directed the 60th anniversary production of West Side Story in its national tour and at Music Circus.Mr. Richard choreographed the 50th anniversary national tour of Hello, Dolly! starring Sally Struthers; Cabaret, which won several awards around the country including an Ivey Award; and the national tour of Guys and Dolls His work is currently running in an original Chinese musical, Shanghai Bund. For television he choreographed season 3 of “LazyTown” for Turner Network Television, “The Tonight Show,” “The Today Show,” and “Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.” Mr. Richard is honored to have been the Resident Choreographer for Music Circus for the past 19 years, and he has staged over 40 productions for them. He has been a guest master instructor at the prestigious Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. His other notable theatre credits include The 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle, where he won a Footlight Award; Madison Square Garden in New York City; North Shore Music Theatre; Theatre By The Sea; Theatre Under The Stars; and Pioneer Theatre Company in Salt Lake City. Mr. Richard and his wife, Diane Laurenson, are the Co-Founding Artistic Directors of The American Musical Theatre Dance Company, directing, dancing, teaching master classes, and choreographing worldwide and encompassing a career of 35-plus years in show business. Love to Diane and Robert Henry.

Elan McMahan (Musical Director) has previously worked on the Globe productions of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (2011, 2013-2016), Shakespeare Festival (2012, 2013), and the New Voices Festival reading of Cake Off (2015). She is the Resident Musical Director at Moonlight Stage Productions with over 50 productions, most recently Titanic, Big Fish, Catch Me If You Can, The Music Man, My Fair Lady, and Sondheim on Sondheim. She has received two San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Craig Noel Awards for Outstanding Musical Direction: in 2012 (for her body of work, including Moonlight’s Sweeney Todd and Fiddler on the Roof and the Globe’s As You Like It)and 2015 (Moonlight’s Big Fish). Ms. McMahan holds a B.Mus. from Brigham Young University and an M.Mus. from St. Louis Conservatory of Music.

John Lee Beatty (Scenic Design) has designed the Globe productions of Love’s Labor’s Lost, Cornelia, Dancing in the Dark, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!,and Redwood Curtain. His Broadway credits include The Nance, After Midnight, Good People, Venus in Fur, Other Desert Cities, Times Stands Still, A View From the Bridge, The Royal Family, The Color Purple, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, Rabbit Hole, Doubt, Chicago, Dinner at Eight, Morning’s at Seven, Proof, Footloose, The Little Foxes, The Last Night of Ballyhoo, A Delicate Balance, The Heiress, Abe Lincoln in Illinois, Anna Christie, Redwood Curtain, The Sisters Rosensweig, The Most Happy Fella, Penn and Teller (twice), Burn This, Ain’t Misbehavin’ (twice), Talley’s Folly, Fifth of July,and Crimes of the Heart. His Off Broadway credits include The Whipping Man, Sylvia, The Substance of Fire, Lips Together, Teeth Apart, The Road to Mecca, Song of Singapore, A Life in the Theatre, The Miss Firecracker Contest, 38 seasons at Manhattan Theatre Club and Circle Repertory Company, and 21 seasons at City Center Encores! He has also designed at major regional theatres and in film, opera, television, and the circus. Mr. Beatty is the recipient of the Tony, Obie, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards and is a member of the Theatre Hall of Fame. He is a graduate of Brown University and the Yale School of Drama.

Robert Morgan (Costume Design) has designed the Broadway productions of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, The Full Monty, Imaginary Friends, I’m Not Rappaport,and Sherlock’s Last Case. His Off Broadway credits include Pride’s Crossing and Saturn Returns (Lincoln Center Theater) and The Loves of Anatol (Circle in the Square Theatre). His television credits include “American Playhouse,” The Skin of Our Teeth,and A Christmas Carol. He has designed internationally for the West End and Maria Theresa’s Schönbrunn Palace Theater in Vienna. His regional credits include The Old Globe (Associate Artist), Ahmanson Theatre, American Conservatory Theater, American Players Theatre, The Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Guthrie Theater, Huntington Theatre Company, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, McCarter Theatre Center, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Portland Center Stage, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Studio Arena Theater, and Williamstown Theatre Festival. He has received two Drama Desk Award nominations and 12 Drama-Logue Awards, and he has exhibited at Prague Quadrennial. He is the former Director of Boston University’s Theatre Arts Division, School for the Arts.

Pat Collins (Lighting Design) has designed the Globe productions of Twelfth Night, Cymbeline,and Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Her Broadway credits include Orphans, Good People, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, Doubt (Tony Award nomination), Sight Unseen, Proof, A Moon for the MisbegottenA Delicate Balance, The Sisters Rosensweig, Conversations with My Father, The Heidi Chronicles, I’m Not Rappaport (Tony Award), Execution of Justice (Drama Desk Award), the original and 1988 revival of Ain’t Misbehavin’, Once Upon a Mattress, An American Daughter,and many more. Her Lincoln Center Theater credits include Third, Ten Unknowns, Death and the King’s Horseman, The Threepenny Opera (Tony nomination), The Floating Lightbulb,and Measure for Measure. Her Off Broadway credits include The Foreigner, Doubt, Burn This, Quartermaine’s Terms, How I Got That Story,and A Life in the Theatre. Ms. Collins has designed lighting at theatres throughout the country, including the Mark Taper Forum, McCarter Theatre Center, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Hartford Stage, Alley Theatre, Center Stage, Long Wharf Theatre, Guthrie Theater, Goodman Theatre, American Repertory Theater, and Actor’s Theatre of Louisville. She has also designed for Wagner’s Ring Cycle at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and over 100 productions for opera companies throughout the world.

Paul Peterson (Sound Design) has designed over 100 productions at The Old Globe, including Other Desert Cities, The Brothers Size, God of Carnage, Nobody Loves You, Odyssey, Engaging Shaw, Life of Riley, Plaid Tidings – A Special Holiday Edition of Forever Plaid, Welcome to Arroyo’s, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Broadway Bound, The Last Romance, Lost in Yonkers, I Do! I Do!, The Mystery of Irma Vep, Kingdom, Six Degrees of Separation, The Women, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, Bell, Book and Candle, Two Trains Running, Hold Please, Restoration Comedy, Pig Farm, Moonlight and Magnolias, Vincent in Brixton, Lucky Duck, The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow, Blue/Orange, Time Flies, Pentecost, Compleat Female Stage Beauty, The Boswell Sisters, Crumbs from the Table of Joy, and many more. His regional credits include designs for Milwaukee Repertory Theater, San Jose Repertory Theatre, Center Stage, La Jolla Playhouse, Sledgehammer Theatre (Associate Artist), Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company, San Diego Repertory Theatre, North Coast Repertory Theatre, Diversionary Theatre, TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, Malashock Dance, University of San Diego, San Diego State University, and UCLA. Mr. Peterson received his B.F.A. in Drama with an emphasis in Technical Design from San Diego State University.

Anita Ruth (Orchestrator) is an orchestrator, arranger, and musical director active in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. She has prepared over 150 musicals in the last 30 years. She was the musical director of the Chanhassen Dinner Theatres from 1968 to 1988. Since then she has been a freelance music director and orchestrator at Guthrie Theater, Children’s Theatre Company, Bloomington Civic Theatre, and Theatre Mu, among others. She has been the arranger/music director for three Shakespeare productions at the Guthrie as well as music directing their production of A Christmas Carol for the last seven years. In 2004 she orchestrated two operas composed by Mel Marvin―one presented in Holland and the other at Bard College.

Joshua Rosenblum (Vocal Arrangements and Incidental Music) has conducted 13 Broadway and Off Broadway shows, specializing in flying vehicles (Miss Saigon, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,and Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!). He is the composer-lyricist of the Off Broadway smash hit revue Bush is Bad as well as the musicals Fermat’s Last Tango, Einstein’s Dreams, Garbo and Me, and Mark Felt, Superstar. As a pianist, he has appeared with The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall, the Encores! series at New York City Center, and in solo recitals at Symphony Space. He is a faculty member of the Yale University Department of Music and a contributing writer for Opera News. Mr. Rosenblum is the founder and music director of the Pit Stop Players and the recipient of a grant from Signature Theatre in Washington, DC, as part of the American Musical Voices Project. rosenblummusic.com.

David Krane (Dance Music Arranger) created the dance music and additional score for the Oscar-winning Chicago and the film of Nine; created the musical score adaptation for Disney’s Into the Woods starring Meryl Streep; produced and arranged Michelle Williams’s vocals for My Week with Marilyn; and composed Aspire with Stephen Cole, the first American musical produced in the Middle East. Their musical comedy about that incredible experience, The Road to Qatar!, was produced in Dallas, New York City, and the Edinburgh Festival. It is licensed by josef-weinberger.com, and the album, produced by jayrecords.com, is available on iTunes. Mr. Krane’s recent Broadway credits include Cabaret, On the Twentieth Century, and She Loves Me. His upcoming credits include Mary Poppins Returns. davidkrane.com.

Caparelliotis Casting (Casting) has cast the Globe productions of Meteor Shower, tokyo fish story, Constellations, The Last Match, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery, Rich Girl, Arms and the Man, Buyer & Cellar, The White Snake, The Twenty-seventh Man, The Royale, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Water by the Spoonful, Time and the Conways, Bethany, The Winter’s Tale, The Few, Double Indemnity, The Rainmaker, Other Desert Cities, Be a Good Little Widow, A Doll’s House, The Brothers Size, Pygmalion, and Good People. Their Broadway casting credits include The Front Page, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, The Glass Menagerie (upcoming), Jitney (upcoming), The Little Foxes (upcoming), The Father, Blackbird, An Act of God, Airline Highway, Fish in the Dark, It’s Only a Play, Disgraced, The Country House, Holler If Ya Hear Me, Casa Valentina, The Snow Geese, Lyle Kessler’s Orphans, The Trip to Bountiful, Grace, Dead Accounts, The Other Place, Seminar, The Columnist, Stick Fly, Good People, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, The House of Blue Leaves, Fences, Lend Me a Tenor, and The Royal Family. They also cast for Manhattan Theatre Club, Second Stage Theatre, Atlantic Theater Company, LCT3, Ars Nova, Goodman Theatre, McCarter Theatre Center, Arena Stage, and three seasons with Williamstown Theatre Festival. Their recent film and television credits include HairBrained with Brendan Fraser, “American Odyssey” (NBC), “How to Get Away with Murder” (ABC pilot), “Ironside” (NBC), and Steel Magnolias (Sony for Lifetime).

Leila Knox (Production Stage Manager) has previously worked on the Globe productions of The White Snake, Othello, Cornelia, The American Plan, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Ace, The Violet Hour, Himself and Nora, Take Me Out, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (2004-2015), the 2004 Summer Shakespeare Festival, Resurrection Blues, Bus Stop, Much Ado About Nothing, Dirty Blonde,and Thinking Shakespeare Live! Her Broadway credits include Dirty Blonde, Amour,and One Mo’ Time. Her regional credits include production supervisor of Dirty Blonde (national tour and West Yorkshire Playhouse); shows at Lincoln Center Theater, Manhattan Theatre Club, Roundabout Theatre Company, Second Stage Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, SITI Company, Playwrights Horizons, Huntington Theatre Company; and 11 seasons with Williamstown Theatre Festival. She received her education at Northwestern University.

Amanda Salmons (Assistant Stage Manager) has previously worked at The Old Globe on October Sky, Macbeth, Rain, The Metromaniacs, Kiss Me, Kate, The White Snake, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, The Last Goodbye, Globe for All (2014-2015), the Summer Shakespeare Festival (2011-2013), Somewhere, Lost in Yonkers, I Do! I Do!, and The Price. Her other credits include Blueprints to Freedom: An Ode to Bayard Rustin (La Jolla Playhouse), Kiss Me, Kate (Hartford Stage), The Foreigner, miXtape, See How They Run, The Music Man,and The Rivalry (Lamb’s Players Theatre), The Gondoliers, The Pirates of Penzance, Candide, and Trial by Jury (Lyric Opera San Diego), and SummerFest (La Jolla Music Society). Ms. Salmons holds a B.A. in Theatre from UC San Diego.


Elan McMahan
Music Director, Conductor
Lyndon Pugeda
Associate Conductor, Keyboard
Karina Bezkrovnaia
Concertmaster,Violin 1
Victoria Bietz
Violin 2
Erica Erenyi
Cynthia Swanson
Flute, Clarinet
John Rekevics
Clarinet, Tenor Sax
Joe McNalley
Acoustic Bass
Tim McMahon
Drums, Percussion
Justin Grey
Alternate Keyboard
Lorin Getline
Lyndon Pugeda
Rehearsal Piano
Mark Hartshorn
Synthesizer Design and Programming