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Holiday: DR. SEUSS’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! THE MUSICAL… the world premiere recording

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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.

About the Album:

With book and lyrics by Timothy Mason and music by Mel Marvin, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical also includes two songs written by Theodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss himself) and composer Albert Hague: the beloved “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” and “Welcome, Christmas,” both from the classic 1966 animated television special. The World Premiere Recording includes two bonus tracks: a new recording of the song “Where Are You, Christmas?” from the 2000 movie, as well as “Once in a Year,” which was cut from the musical prior to its Broadway premiere.

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Dr. Seuss’ classic holiday tale about materialism and the true meaning of Christmas first came to life on Broadway for a holiday engagement in 2006. The New York Times said the musical was “100 times better than any bedside story” and the Gannett papers hailed it as “A genius of a show! A total delight for both kids and adults.” Promptly breaking box office records, it returned to the Great White Way the following year, broke records again, and has been touring the nation during the holiday season ever since, with another Broadway run in 2012. A new US tour launches November 19 in Ft. Worth, followed by stops in Cincinnati, Durham, Rochester, Buffalo and San Antonio. Additionally, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical will return to San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre November 16 through December 28.

The timeless story of the Scrooge-like Grinch, who tries to ruin Christmas for everybody until he has a dramatic change of heart, has been delighting both children and adults since the picture book came out in 1957. Over nearly half a century, the story has re-appeared in new formats, first as a classic TV special with the voice of Boris Karloff, and later a hit live-action movie in 2000 starring Jim Carrey. When the Broadway musical burst on the scene, the Grinch’s tale gained vivid new life for new generations yet again.

The World Premiere Recording of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical tracklisting:

1 Overture
2 Fah Who Foraze
3 Who Likes Christmas?
4 This Time Of Year
5 I Hate Christmas Eve
6 Whatchamawho
7 Welcome, Christmas
8 I Hate Christmas Eve (Reprise)
9 It’s The Thought That Counts
10 This Time of Year (Reprise)
11 One Of a Kind
12 Down the Mountain
13 Now’s the Time
14 You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch
15 Santa For a Day
16 Stealing Christmas
17 Who Likes Christmas? (Reprise)
18 One of a Kind (Reprise)
19 This Time Of Year (Reprise)
20 Welcome, Christmas (Reprise)
21 Finale
22 Bows
23 Exit Music
24 Once in a Year (Bonus Track)
25 Where are You, Christmas? (Bonus Track)  .

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