In 1957, Dr. Seuss gave a name to that bitter demon that haunts anyone stressed out by the holidays, then devised a pronunciation for it that didn't cause frogs to rain from the sky. Exorcise any seasonal ill will with this GrouponLive deal to see Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical at the Citi Performing Arts Center's Wang Theatre. For $44, you get one ticket for seating in the mezzanine section, or rows P–EE, side rows E–O, or box seating in the orchestra section (a $73.25 value). Doors open 45 minutes before showtime. Click here for a list of 22 available showtimes.
Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical looks back on the events of history's most famous holiday heist through the eyes and narration of an elderly Max, the Grinch's long-suffering pooch. When the Grinch can't bear the thought of another Christmas polluting Mount Crumpit's airspace with its cacophony of jing-tinglers and blum-bloopers, he hatches a scheme to stop the holiday from coming. Soon enough, he is skulking through the darkened homes of Whoville in a jerry-rigged Santa disguise, stripping decorations, retracting Christmas trees like umbrellas, yanking candy canes out of the arms of sleeping babes, and gleefully drop-kicking presents into his enormous sack. The production finds inventive ways to replicate all the iconic imagery from the book—down to the overstuffed sleigh teetering atop a mountain peak—but also conjures just the right song for everything, from the comedy-duo antics of the Grinch and Max to the growing suspicions of the adorable Cindy Lou Who.
Shining out from this lineup of new tunes are the cherubic strains of "Welcome Christmas" and the rumbling basso profundo slander of "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch"—both made famous by Chuck Jones' classic animated adaptation. The backdrops, however, mirror Dr. Seuss' hand-drawn illustrations, and the cast pads their red long johns to make their proportions look just as cartoonishly off-kilter as Whoville's residents. Yet the greatest attention to detail is lavished on the Grinch himself, who dominates the stage with his matted green fur, floppy fingers, and—through the magic of Method acting and elective surgery—a heart withered by exactly two sizes. Not content with simply transgressing Whoville's walls, the Grinch transgresses the fourth wall as well with asides to the audience and mean-spirited pranks on the narrator. But even a brain full of spiders and a soul full of gunk can't shut out the true spirit of Christmas, which may prove sweeter than any slice of roast beast.
Photo credit: 2010 Touring Company
Citi Performing Arts Center
The Citi Performing Arts Center's calendar of musicals, operas, rock concerts, dance productions, standup comedians, and classic-film screenings is a culmination of its decades as a Boston historical landmark. Starting out in 1925 as a "movie cathedral," the theater—then a renovated arts center capable of housing the most ambitiously scaled Broadway productions—morphed into the headquarters of the Boston Ballet. Throughout all its names and incarnations, the venue has retained the grandeur and luster of some long-lost wing of Versailles. In the lobby, dark-veined columns carved from imported marble vault skyward toward an arched ceiling and an enormous crystal chandelier that hangs like a pendulum from its center. In the theater itself, frescoes and intricate filigree surround the golden cupola that looms over a sea of scarlet velvet seats—a sight as awe-inspiring to audiences as it is terrifying to first-graders performing their first clarinet recital there.