Who doesn’t know that Mr. Grinch is a mean one? The story of the mean old miser whose heart grows three sizes when he learns the true meaning of Christmas is a holiday tradition in many families – but few get the chance to see the Broadway production live on stage. The show, which originated in Minneapolis in 1996, has a storied history that involves a strike of theater support workers, a special court order and a special arrangement with the family of Theodore “Dr. Seuss” Geisel – and if it’s playing in a city near you this year, you’d better grab Grinch tickets quickly, because it probably won’t be back for a long, long while.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas in New Orleans
This year, the show kicks off its limited engagement tour in the Big Easy. It will be the first time families in New Orleans have a chance to see the classic kids’ story come to life on stage, and tickets are very limited, thanks to the theater’s policy of releasing tickets first to its subscribers. If history holds true, it will be years before the Broadway touring company returns to New Orleans, or any of the other cities on this year’s itinerary. How the Grinch Stole Christmas has been touring since 2010. The run usually consists of 5 to 10 cities, and only one city has hosted the musical more than once. It played Chicago in 2012 and 2014.
The Grinch’s History
In 1994, the Children’s Theatre Company of Minneapolis debuted an original production of the classic animated Christmas special, thanks to a special arrangement with the estate of Theodore Geisel, better known to generations of kids and parents as Dr. Seuss. The play ran again in 1995 and 1998, always to sold out houses. In 1998, the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego mounted a production of The Grinch, and has repeated it every year since. The Grinch musical didn’t come to Broadway until 2006, but when it did, it made a smashing debut. With critical raves of the production, audiences packed the Foxwoods Theatre for a historical 12 shows per week. In the second week of December 2006, the Broadway production of How the Grinch Stole Christmas The Musical achieved something no other show had managed for nearly two years. It knocked “Wicked” out of first place in the weekly top earners chart, breaking a 100-week streak of that show as Broadway’s biggest earner.
The show made history again in 2007, when its second Broadway run ran into problems when the stagehands’ union, Local One, went on strike against a number of Broadway theaters. The strike prevented the show from opening on schedule despite a separate contract negotiation. When the theater owner locked out the stagehands and the company in sympathy with the striking workers, the Grinch producers went to court and got an injunction forcing them to reopen, much to the delight of audience members who had How the Grinch Stole Christmas tickets. The show played out its entire run despite the theater owners’ Grinch-like behavior.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas features all of your favorite songs from the animated Christmas special, plus a few more that were written specifically for the stage production. It’s a must-see holiday spectacular, and with Grinch tickets in such high demand, this is the time to lock yours in if you want to give your kids a special holiday treat they’ll never forget.
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