Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Cat in the Hat is Back in NY

Suessical the Musical is back in NYC Off-Broadway - although a little shorter then last time and also being offered for free.

The Cat in the Hat comes back, albeit a little more quietly. This production, under the aegis of Theaterworks/USA, the 46-year-old nonprofit children’s theater company, is playing off Broadway at the Lucille Lortel, for a limited run, starting Monday and ending on Aug. 17. It will be quite a bit shorter than the two-and-a-half-hour original. And admission will be free. (more)

Suessical will also be produced locally by the newest addition to local community theater Golden Stone Productions. Suessical will be auditioning in August (details here)

About Suessical: Seussical is a musical based on the books of Dr. Seuss that debuted on Broadway in 2000. The play's story is a rather complex amalgamation of many of Seuss' most famous books.

The plot of the show mirrors that of Horton Hears a Who!, centering on Horton the elephant's endeavors to protect the people of Who-ville, who live on a tiny speck of dust. It also features characters and scenarios from many other Seuss books, including the Butter Side Uppers / Downers from The Butter Battle Book, Gertrude McFuzz from Gertrude McFuzz, and some characters that never made an appearance in any of Dr. Seuss's books. The Cat in the Hat, an outside observer, acts as narrator and devil's advocate throughout the show, briefly leaping into the action on several occasions to create conflict and keep the story moving. The original cast included David Shiner as the Cat in the Hat, Kevin Chamberlin as Horton, Janine La Manna as Gertrude, Michelle Pawk as Mayzie and Sharon Wilkins as the Sour Kangaroo. Throughout the run, there were many celebrity Cat in the Hats replacements, including Rosie O'Donnell and Cathy Rigby. (more)

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