Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas – The Musical is a must see show for families with children. What is Christmas without a visit from the Grinch? Everyone I know watches the television special, which originally aired, December 18, 1966, year after year. It is a 50-year tradition that will never stop.
What is exciting about the broadway musical is everything you love about the 30 minute television special is brought to life on the stage and the cast is absolutely amazing. They do a wonderful job engaging the audience in an evening of whimsical pleasure, a lesson in forgiveness, and quirky songs.
The visuals were simple but familiar. The fun and vibrant colors of the costumes are sure to appease a young crowd on top of the background created to look like sketches from a Dr. Seuss book. Parents will be delighted that children will be excited to be at the theater enjoying the show versus asking the question we all dread, “What time are we leaving?”
The Grinch definitely steals the show and is as hilarious as he is evil. I enjoyed watching the character, played by Philip Bryan (@ThePhilipBryan), come to life in this musical. The comedic relief he brought onstage was absolutely refreshing. He had me laughing the whole way home #GrinchLife. I remember frowning with sadness at how mean the Grinch was during the television special with a few smiles during happy moments here and there, but it’s quite the opposite in the theater. You still have all the feels, but with a lot of laughter too. I’m talking loud chuckling. That’s fun, right?
I grew up performing in children’s theater so I was on the edge on my seat the entire time. Cindy Lou, played by Julia Rose DiPiazza and Danielle Guilt, was as precious as she could be. On media night DiPiazza was in the role and the crowd adored her.
I enjoyed every moment of this show and was more than happy to sing along with the cast. There is a sing-a-long portion of the show that involves crowd participation. Of course the audience lit up when it was time for us to sing the iconic song “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch.” Who doesn’t love that song?
The National Theater was the perfect venue for this show. It’s not too big and not too small. There isn’t a bad seat in the house. I recommend taking children of all ages. The performance is family-friendly and the 7:00pm show let’s out by 8:40pm so there’s enough time to still get everyone in bed before too late. My children were not in attendance, but it made for a nice Holiday #DateNight for me and my husband.
Running time is 88 minutes, with no intermission.
My advice to you (if like me you drive in from the outskirts) would be to plan on having dinner in the city to avoid the traffic from outside the Beltway. We got caught in traffic on I-66 and then again on Constitution Avenue. Avoiding that rush will make your evening out a lot more enjoyable.
Why not make it a staycation? As we were walking up to the National Theater, we noticed the JW Marriott hotel on the corner and thought it would’ve been great to be able to stay the evening and enjoy more of what the city has to offer. There are plenty of places to grab dinner nearby and instead of commuting to and from the city all in one evening, you could take your time to visit and see a show. There are a lot of great shows coming to the National Theater.