Theatre reviews by Steve Duffy –
How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical
With the lighting of the Boston Common Christmas tree and the Grinch arriving in town, the holiday season is officially here.
The story is narrated by old Max (Ken Land). Max retells the tale of the days leading up to the Grinch’s scheme to stop Christmas from coming to Who-ville. Land is a natural on stage. He is both engaging and effortless in his performance as the narrator.
Gavin Lee is a saucy and over-the-top Grinch. Lee gives a show stopping performance as he enjoys every high-kick and villainous thought as the mean one.
The role of Cindy Lou Who is played in alternating roles by Mackenzie Mercer and Avery Sell. They are both the secret weapon needed to melt the heart of the Grinch.
The ensemble of Who’s wear goofy and bright candy-colored costumes with crazy hairdos that are sure to keep the attention of the young audience members.
Don’t worry, everyone’s favorite Grinch song “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” is showcased with an audience sing-along.
The sets mimic Dr. Seuss’s style and look as if you walked right into the cartoon special.
If the Grinch doesn’t warm your heart, then your head mustn’t be screwed on just right, or perhaps your shoes are too tight. But I think that the most likely reason of all, may be that your heart is two sizes too small.
Running Time: 90 minutes no intermission
How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical now playing at the Boch Center Wang Theatre through December 9, 2018. For tickets and information, visit www.www.bochcenter.org
Charlie Brown Christmas Live On Stage
Charlie Brown Christmas Live On Stage encompasses each of your favorite scenes from the original 1965 animated television show. It even expands the storyline into greater detail with more fun, more music, more finding the true Christmas spirit. This Peanuts Experience also includes an intermission and, after the final bow, the show crescendos into a celebration of song as the audience is invited to join the Peanuts gang in singing Christmas favorites. So, join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the Peanuts gang in their journey to uncover the true meaning of Christmas.
Watching the stage version of Charlie Brown is like having all of your favorite comfort foods at one setting.
The production stays true to the television special as much as possible. The costumes are identical to each character, from Charlie Brown’s yellow and black shirt to Violet’s green dress. Snoopy’s doghouse is almost identical decoration included.
All of characters faithfully deliver their lines pretty much verbatim. This production captures all the magic and memories that you and your family remember about ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas.’
Charlie Brown Christmas Live On Stage now playing at the Boch Center Shubert Theatre through December 2, 2018. For tickets and information, visit www.www.bochcenter.org