I’m pretty sure you have heard the buzz about the family-friendly musical show right now at the Fox Theatre, How the Grinch Stole Christmas: The Musical. Fortunately, we have been invited to attend the media night and our friend, Samantha from RichSingleMomma & AtlantaSingleMom, is here to tell all about her experience with her son.
Review: How the Grinch Stole Christmas and My Heart
Last night my son and I went to see, How the Grinch Stole Christmas musical. I didn’t know what to expect and had a few reservations. I have been watching the cartoon on television since it first aired years ago. It’s a Dr. Seuss classic after all and you can’t get much better than the good Dr.
Freezing Weather on the Way to the Fox Theater
My son and I arrived at the Fox Theatre in downtown Atlanta. It was a very cold night and despite my suggestions, warnings, and coaxing, my son didn’t think he needed to wear his gloves and hat. He found out after walking the one block from the parking lot to the building that the wind respects no one. He wished he had worn his gloves and hat. Fortunately he had a hood on his jacket and pockets to keep his hands warm.
My Son Was Being a Grinch
When I told him what we were going to see he wasn’t very enthusiastic. He’s a guy and guys sometimes don’t like musicals. I decided to let it go and try not to convince him that he’d like the show.
We went to the Will Call window to pick up our tickets. They directed us to the special table for the media where we picked them up and went inside. It was quite a crowd standing in the lobby area because the entry curtains hadn’t opened. We waited a few minutes before they let us in.
Delightful Christmas Music By Organ
We found our seats and waited for the show to begin. Meanwhile, an older gentleman played Christmas carols with great gusto on a large raised organ before the show began. When he finished his last song he got a round of applause while the organ was lowered.
The Grinch was Running Late and People Got Impatient
The show was supposed to start at 8pm, but that time came and went. My son was getting restless and honestly I was too. He complained that it was past eight o’clock and why wasn’t it starting. Around 20 minutes later the show began, but not after the crowd started to get a little loud and began their rhythmic clapping signaling that we had waited long enough.
Glowing Eyes? Wait I Thought This was a Kid’s Musical
The giant wreath went up, the Grinch’s eyes glowed red (to my son’s dismay), and the show started. I have to say from that point on it was pure fun. The Who villagers came out singing and dancing in colorful costumes. The stage was decorated in Who-ville fashion and signature Dr. Seuss style. And the voices?… amazing.
Whew! It is a Musical Narrated by a Talking Dog
The show was narrated by the Grinch’s faithful dog who took us down memory lane and the story of How the Grinch Stole Christmas. There were several musical numbers throughout the show. Some I recognized from the classic cartoon but there were a few new numbers that pulled the story together.
The Grinch is My New Sweetheart
The Grinch was quite a character. I never thought he would be someone I liked but he really stole my heart. He was very funny, sassy, and interactive. My son got a kick out of his irreverent antics and laughed throughout the show.
Only One Glitch but Worth Seeing Again
I would describe the Grinch as more of a stand-up comedian poking fun at himself and the audience. It certainly made the show amazing and worth watching again. If I had one negative thing to say it would be concerning the voice of the Cindy Lou Who. It grated on my nerves because it was so high pitched, but that is how it was supposed to be I guess. Other than that the show was delightful.
Also check out the review from other Atlanta bloggers:
- You’re a mean one, Mr. Grinch by Krystyn of Really Are You Serious
- Review – How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Musical) by Ashley of Ashley’s Random Blog
- Date Night with the Grinch by Ari of Love, Peace and Tiny Feet
- Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical by Classic Mommy
- How The Grinch Stole Christmas comes to the Fox! by Renee of Cutie Booty Review
- Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical by Lindsay of Lindsay Blogs
- Good, green, Grinchy fun! by Julie of Balancing Mama
- Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical at The Fabulous Fox Theatre! by Sojourner of Married with Two Boys
- The Grinch Steals the Show in ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Desiree of Stress Free Baby
- How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Musical! by Amy of Render Me Mama
Samantha Gregory is an Atlanta mom, freelance writer, and editor at RichSingleMomma.com where she writes about single mom money issues. Follow her on Twitter @richsinglemomma and @samanthagregory
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