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A familiar green villain is currently back in theaters, reimagined in Universal and Illumination's animated picture, THE GRINCH. But that's not the only place to see the tale come to life as Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical brings magic to the stage in select cities for 2018. Madison Square Garden's touring production is the big one, featuring Tony-nominated Gavin Lee (SpongeBob Squarepants: The Musical, Mary Poppins) in the lead role as The Grinch. Kicking off at The Chicago Theatre (November 16-25) before heading off to Boston and New York, my family and I were guests at the opening night performance in Chicago as holiday cheer took hold to a sold-out crowd.

When you think of Pharrell Williams' infectiously-upbeat "Happy," can you think of a person who not only wouldn't like it, but would absolutely 100% despise it? Of course that individual would be THE GRINCH, and on November 9, 2018, he's back in theaters as Illumination and Universal Pictures bring forth a new animated feature based on the holiday classic by Dr. Seuss. This isn't just a shot-for-shot re-telling, either - and we've got the first official trailer to show you!

When I'm in Los Angeles, one of my favorite places to visit is Universal CityWalk and Universal Studios Hollywood. Since I often stay at the Sheraton Universal, it's just a short walk up the hill and a place that comes with a couple of constant reminders: 1) I need to take my entire family to L.A. soon (my wife and kids have never been to California), and 2) we have to visit Universal Studios. In fact, ever since I saw construction of Hogwarts begin a few years back, the wheels on a trip have been turning, particularly since my wife is a massive Harry Potter fan (she has the wands to prove it). Now comes news that really gives me the bug because it taps into my unusually-high love of Christmas. This year, "Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter" is happening, but that's just one piece of what's promised to be "a wintry calendar of festive holiday experiences and an array of delectable treats that families and friends far and wide can enjoy" at Universal this coming season. Here's the rundown on what visitors can expect for 2017...

grinchlogoNext month, THE GRINCH is coming to Chicago, as Madison Square Garden Entertainment presents their new production of DR. SEUSS' HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! THE MUSICAL at The Chicago Theatre for just 17 performances - Thursday, November 20 through Saturday, November 29. Actually, The Grinch has already been here - stopping into town this morning to unveil The Chicago Theatre marquee, just before scurrying back up to his mountain home above Who-ville.

grinchcd125It's just not the Holiday Season without experiencing HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS, and for 2013, Masterworks Broadway has issued a new way, with the release of the World Premiere Recording of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical. Featuring original Broadway cast members Patrick Page as “The Grinch” and John Cullum as “Old Max,” the album is available now on CD and Digital Download.

I'm a sucker for the Holiday season, and as I'm putting the finishing touches on The Rock Father's 2012 Holiday Gift Guide (which you won't wanna miss!), I'm still coming across some new products that I really dig. One such item? THE GRINCH at Build-A-Bear Workshop. Yes, you can now build your own version of the classic grump from Dr. Seuss' HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS, and just like the end to the famous tale [SPOLIER ALERT], The Grinch's heart grows three sizes! While The Grinch has my heart, he's not the only Holiday friend available at Build-A-Bear Workshop this season...