“Take a tip from the Cat / And hold onto your hat / ‘Cause this ain’t Mother Goose!” ~ from Seussical: The Musical
Though there are the well-loved cartoons as well as some great movies adapting Seuss books, nothing breathes life into Seuss the way Seussical: The Musical does. Mrs. Audrey Geisel, Dr. Seuss’s widow, admits she “couldn’t tell where [Seuss] left off and [Seussical] began,” so well does the show illuminate the “fantastical nature” and “contemporary themes” of Seuss’s work (Aherns & Flaherty, “A Note from the Authors”).
For young Seuss fans, Seussical makes an excellent introduction to live theater. I sifted through the many Seussicals on YouTube and compiled a sampling of the music and a glimpse of what’s possible when bringing Seuss to the stage. My daughter loves to watch these videos:
The opening song, “Oh the Thinks You Can Think!” from a high school production that features good choreography and a great Cat. A clip from the Broadway cast performing “Biggest Blame Fool” at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade–Kevin Chamberlin’s expressions are fantastic. And an outstanding Gertrude performing the hilarious “One Feather Tail of Gertrude McFuzz.” As you can see, Seussical is pure fun!
I found information for a few current and upcoming productions of Seussical in Santa Barbara, CA, San Carlos, CA, Summit, NJ, and San Diego, CA. If you know of other productions, please share details in a comment.
By the way, it may seem a stretch to find a discussion of a Broadway musical in a reading blog, even if the musical is based on the collected works of a renowned writer. But if you’ve seen my Tevana menu post, you know I read all manner of material. In this case it’s…wait for it…the liner notes from the soundtrack. Click here for a link to lyrics from the show.
Little Lit Lover says: I like how the Cat in the Hat pops up all over the place. I can’t wait to see it on stage again!