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November 4 – December 24, 2017
(Opening night: Thursday, November 9)
Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage
Old Globe Theatre
Conrad Prebys Theatre Center
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
Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is a wonderful, whimsical musical based upon the classic Dr. Seuss book. Back for its 20th 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.
As in years past, The Grinch will be performed on Saturday, December 9 at 10:30 a.m. 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.
Timothy Mason (Book and Lyrics) has been represented at the Globe and on Broadway with the musical Dr. Seuss’s 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’s 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’s 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’s 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 Artistic Director of The Old Globe from 1981 through 2007. He will next direct the Broadway revival of Carousel. He most recently directed Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on Broadway, Great Scott at San Diego Opera, and the national tour of The Sound of Music. His Broadway credits also include The Front Page, It’s Only a Play, Macbeth with Ethan Hawke, The Nance, Dead Accounts, Catch Me If You Can, Impressionism, The Coast of Utopia (Tony Award), Dr. Seuss’s 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), and Porgy and Bess (Tony nomination). 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 2013 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
James Vásquez (Director) previously directed The Old Globe’s West Coast premiere of Rich Girl, Dr. Seuss’s 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 the 2013 Summer Shakespeare Festival production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. With The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program, he directed Clybourne Park and the 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 for Sweeney Todd (Cygnet Theatre Company). His other recent directing/choreography credits include In the Heights and 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 The Old Globe, Denver Center for the Performing Arts Theatre Company, La Jolla Playhouse, and Goodspeed Musicals. Mr. Vásquez is co-founder of Daisy 3 Pictures. 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 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 the choreography for Broadway’s Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas! at the St James Theatre in 2007, and it is still on the road this holiday season. Off Broadway heco-directed andchoreographed Inventing Mary Martin: The Revue of a Lifetime (Joe A. Callaway Award nomination) and The Road to Qatar (York Theatre Company). He directed the 60th anniversary production of West Side Story (national tour, North Shore Music Theatre, Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, Theatre By The Sea, Music Circus); 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. On the other side of the planet, he and his wife Diane Laurenson worked together to help create an original Chinese musical, Shanghai Bund. For television he choreographed season 3 of “LazyTown” for TNT, “The Tonight Show,” “The Today Show,” and “Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.” Mr. Richard was honored to be the Resident Choreographer for Music Circus, and in 19 years he staged over 40 stellar productions, many works for the first time in the round. Twice he has been a guest master instructor at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. His other notable theatres include The 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle, where he won a Footlight Award and a Gypsy Rose Lee Award; Madison Square Garden in New York City (twice); Theatre Under The Stars in Houston; and Pioneer Theatre Company in Salt Lake City. Mr. Richard and Ms. Laurenson are the Co-Founding Artistic Directors of The American Musical Theatre Dance Company, which performed its debut concert in Beijing. His career has encompassed dancing, teaching master classes worldwide, and choreographing, encompassing over 36 plus years in show business.
Elan McMahan (Musical Director) has previously worked on the Globe productions of Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (2011, 2013–2016), the Summer 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 In the Heights, The Little Mermaid, Titanic, Big Fish, Catch Me If You Can,and The Music Man. 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 in 2015 for 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 King Richard II, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Love’s Labor’s Lost, Cornelia, Dancing in the Dark, Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas!,and Redwood Curtain. His 110 Broadway credits include Sweat, Disgraced, 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’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, Rabbit Hole, Doubt, Chicago, Dinner at Eight, Morning’s at Seven, Proof, The Last Night of Ballyhoo, A Delicate Balance, The Heiress, 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 circus. Mr. Beatty is the recipient of 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 Yale School of Drama.
Robert Morgan (Costume Design) has designed the Broadway productions of Dr. Seuss’s 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’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Her Broadway credits include Orphans, Good People, Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, Doubt (Tony Award nomination), Sight Unseen, Proof, A Moon for the Misbegotten, A 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 Light Bulb,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’s 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’s 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 at Carnegie Hall with The New York Pops; in 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 Ken Ludwig’s Robin Hood!, Skeleton Crew, Red Velvet, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, The Blameless, Meteor Shower, tokyo fish story, Constellations, The Last Match, Dr. Seuss’s 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 Junk, Meteor Shower, A Doll’s House Part 2, The Front Page, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, The Glass Menagerie, Jitney, The Little Foxes, 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, Atlantic Theater Company, Signature Theatre Company, LCT3, Ars Nova, Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, McCarter Theatre Center, Arena Stage, Second Stage Theatre (seven seasons), and Williamstown Theatre Festival (three seasons). 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’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (2004–2016), 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.
Jess Slocum (Stage Manager) previously worked on the Globe productions of Twelfth Night (Globe for All), Ken Ludwig’s Robin Hood!, The Imaginary Invalid, Red Velvet, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Twelfth Night and Measure for Measure (Globe for All), Love’s Labor’s Lost, tokyo fish story, The Metromaniacs, In Your Arms, Twelfth Night, Buyer & Cellar, Bright Star, Othello, Water by the Spoonful, The Winter’s Tale, A Doll’s House, Pygmalion, A Room with a View, Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show, the 2011–2013 Shakespeare Festivals, Rafta, Rafta…, Robin and the 7 Hoods, Alive and Well, Sammy, Cornelia, Since Africa, Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas!,and The Glass Menagerie. Her Broadway credits include In the Heights. Her regional credits include Indecent, Side Show, Ruined, The Third Story, Memphis,and Most Wanted (La Jolla Playhouse) and Post Office (Center Theatre Group). Her San Diego credits include Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company, North Coast Repertory Theatre, and Lamb’s Players Theatre. She is a graduate of Vanderbilt University. Proud member of Actors’ Equity.
Annette Nixon (Assistant Stage Manager) served as stage manager for The Old Globe productions of Ken Ludwig’s Robin Hood!, Meteor Shower, Macbeth, Constellations, Full Gallop, Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery, Arms and the Man, The Royale, Quartet, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, The Few, Pygmalion, God of Carnage, Anna Christie, Groundswell, and the 2010 production of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Her other Globe credits include A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (2011-2014), Boeing-Boeing, The First Wives Club, Opus, Dancing in the Dark, Hay Fever, and the Summer Shakespeare Festivals 2008 and 2010-2013.
Amanda Salmons (Assistant Stage Manager) has previously worked at The Old Globe on Benny & Joon, King Richard II; The Blameless; 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).