- One ticket to see Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical
- When: select showtimes, November 20–November 28
- Where: The Chicago Theatre
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- $34 for rear-balcony, mezzanine, or balcony-box seating (up to $49.18 value)
- $44 for side-orchestra, rear orchestra, or middle-balcony seating (up to $59.44 value)
- $54 for center-orchestra, side loge, or front-balcony seating (up to $74.86 value)
- $70 for front-orchestra or center-loge seating (up to $100.49 value)
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Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical
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.
The Chicago Theatre
The beaming vertical letters of "C-H-I-C-A-G-O" ascend six stories high on a sign that seems to be the establishing shot for any movie set in the Windy City. Tourists and natives often stand outside snapping pictures of the marvelous marquee, where the biggest names in music, theatre, and comedy are writ large under a miniature replica of Paris's Arc de Triomphe. The Parisian aesthetic continues inside The Chicago Theatre’s grand lobby, which recalls the Royal Chapel at Versailles with its gallery promenades. The staircase ascending to the Grand Balcony resembles that of the Paris Opera House, rounding out a French Baroque architecture that would cause Louis XIV to do a spit-take. Inside the seven-story-high, 3,600 seat auditorium, terra-cotta tiles, crystal chandeliers, and luxurious drapes give audiences visual overtures before every show.
As vital to Chicago as hot dogs and mustard fire hoses, The Chicago Theatre was America's first munificent movie palace upon its 1921 unveiling, where it was declared "The Wonder Theatre of the World." Beyond its silver screenings, the theatre became a beacon for live entertainment, as artists such as John Phillip Sousa, Duke Ellington, and Benny Goodman filled its first 40 years with oompah and swing. After a multi-million dollar restoration in 1986, the landmark venue remains the heart of art in the city, attracting the world's most popular entertainers to its stage almost every evening of the year.