BY: PHEOBE HORIBE
NBC is bringing the classic Christmas story to homes around the world this holiday season. Former Glee star, Matthew Morrison stars as The Grinch in Dr. Suess’ The Grinch Musical.
NBC is known for its many live productions in the past including Jesus Christ Superstar, Hairspray, The Wiz, Peter Pan, and The Sound of Music. This year, however, The Grinch Musical will not be filmed live, but will be pre-recorded in the Troubadour Theater in London.
“Dr. Seuss is an indelible part of all of our lives and we’re thrilled to bring a stage production of The Grinch Musical! to our audience,” said Executive Vice President Doug Vaughan, of special programs at NBC. “This is a perfect addition to our annual holiday program traditions and a telecast the entire family will enjoy.”
The Broadway production of The Grinch ran for a limited holiday run from November 2006 to January 2007 and returned to Broadway in November 2007 to January 2008. It then went on to lead multiple national tours as well as a production at Madison Square Garden starring Gavin Lee (Mary Poppins, Spongebob).
This Dr. Suess story has also seen the big screen in multiple versions including the 1966 animated version we all know and love, the 2000 live-action film starring Jim Carrey, and most recently, the 2018 3D animation film starring the voices of Benedict Cumberbatch and Rashida Jones.
“While the pandemic presents some challenges in bringing the stage musical to life, we are putting together a really special show with some crazy, fun, imaginative things going on,” Morrison said in a rehearsal clip that aired Tuesday on TODAY.
Morrison will be joined by Denis O’Hare (Big Little Lies) as old Max, Booboo Stewart (Descendants 3) as young Max and star Amelia Minto (The Lost Girls) will take on the role of Cindy-Lou Who.
The two-hour special will air on Wednesday, Dec. 9 at 8pm EST.