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Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas! 2018

November 3 – December 29, 2018
(Opening night: Thursday, November 8)

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 21st incredible year, the family favorite features the songs “Santa for a Day,” “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch,” and “Welcome, Christmas (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 1 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.

Production Sponsors
Audrey S. Geisel / The Dr. Seuss Fund at the San Diego Foundation
Bank of America
Random House Children's Books

The Globe's Arts Engagement Discovery Programs, which include Grinch Initiatives and Free Student Matinees, are supported in part by:
Bank of America
California Arts Council
Nordson Corporation Foundation
Patrons of the Prado "Bucks for Buses" Program
Samuel I. and John Henry Fox Foundation
La Jolla Kiwanis Foundation
Arthur P. and Jeanette G. Pratt Memorial Fund

Financial support is provided by


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James Vásquez
Director James Vásquez. Dr. Seuss's 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, and directed by James Vásquez, runs November 3 – December 29, 2018 at The Old Globe. Photo courtesy of Daren Scott.

Cast and Creatives


James Vásquez (Director, Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas!)previously directed The Old Globe’s American Mariachi, 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 Globe’s The Comedy of Errors directed by Scott Ellis, Boeing-Boeing,and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He will next associate direct Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax. With The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program, he has directed Clybourne Park and the world premiere of Keith Reddin’s Acquainted with the Night. He received two Craig Noel Awards for Outstanding Direction of a Musical: in 2018 for In the Heights (Moonlight Stage Productions) and in 2010 for Sweeney Todd (Cygnet Theatre Company); as well as nominations for the world premiere of Harmony, Kansas and the West Coast premiere of [title of show] (Diversionary Theatre). His other recent directing/choreography credits include American Mariachi (Denver Center for the Performing Arts Theatre Company), The Addams Family (Moonlight), 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. Mr. Vásquez is co-founder of Daisy 3 Pictures. 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.