Book by Lynn Ahrens & Stephen Flaherty, Music by Stephen Flaherty, Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, Co-Conceived by Eric Idle. Based on the works of Dr. Seuss
The Cat in the Hat tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust inhabited by Whos, including Jojo, a Who-child sent to military school for thinking too many “thinks.” Not only must Horton protect the Whos from a world of danger and naysayers, he must also guard an abandoned egg left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping and a trial where the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged. Seussical is a fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza fit for the whole family! Join us this holiday season for one of the most performed musicals in America.
Dates of Performances
Seussical opened on Broadway at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on November 30, 2000. Directed by Frank Galati with choreography by Kathleen Marshall; though uncredited, Kathleen Marshall’s brother Rob Marshall was hired to direct the show when it returned from Boston to Broadway. The original Broadway cast included David Shiner as the Cat in the Hat, Kevin Chamberlin as Horton, and Anthony Blair Hall and Andrew Keenan-Bolger (not in cast album) as Jojo. It also featured Janine LaManna as Gertrude McFuzz and Michele Pawk as Mayzie LaBird, with Stuart Zagnit as Mr. Mayor, Alice Playten as the Mrs. Mayor, Sharon Wilkins as the Sour Kangaroo and Eric Devine as General Genghis Kahn Schmitz. Throughout the run, there were many celebrity Cat in the Hat replacements, including Rosie O’Donnell and Cathy Rigby.
After a Broadway run, the production spawned two US national tours and a UK tour. It has become a beloved classic for schools, communities, and regional theatres. (Source: Wikipedia)
Robert Wells – Director
Donna Kolpan Debreceni – Musical Director
Kelly Kates – Choreographer
Michael R. Duran – Scenic Designer
Terri Fong – Costume Designer
Seth Alison – Lighting Designer
Curt Behm – Sound Designer
Rob Costigan and Bob Bauer – Props Designers
Laurie Fong – Assistant Costume Designer
Mike Haas – Technical Director
Taylor Adams – Production Stage Manager
Daniella Prospero – Sound Operator
Greg Kendall & Ashley Duke – Run Crew
Dorothy Maura – Seamstress
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