Dr. Seuss’ the Grinch Musical
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Dr. Seuss The Grinch Musical is an American Christmas musical television special that aired on NBC on December 9, 2020. It is a performance of an adaptation of the 2006 musical Dr. Seuss How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical, which is based on the How the Grinch Stole Christmas! by Dr. Seuss. It was filmed at the Troubadour Theatre in London. The special stars Matthew Morrison as the titular character, Denis O Hare and BooBoo Stewart as Max the dog, and Amelia Minto as Cindy-Lou Who.


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The Grinch s dog Max narrates how his old master (Matthew Morrison) once schemed to ruin the festive holiday for the citizens of Whoville.


  • Matthew Morrison as The Grinch
  • Amelia Minto as Cindy-Lou Who
  • Denis O Hare as Old Max Booboo Stewart as Young Max
  • Booboo Stewart as Young Max
  • Claire Machin as Grandma Who
  • Amy Ellen Richardson as Mrs. Who
  • Ako Mitchell as Mr. Who
  • Gary Wilmot as Grandpa Who
  • Alfie Murray as Boo Who

Musical numbers

  • Who Likes Christmas? – Citizens of Whoville
  • This Time of Year – Old Max and Young Max
  • I Hate Christmas Eve – The Grinch
  • Whatchama Who – The Grinch
  • Welcome, Christmas – Citizens of Whoville
  • I Hate Christmas Eve (Reprise) – The Grinch
  • It s the Thought That Counts – Citizens of Whoville
  • One of a Kind – The Grinch
  • Now s the Time – Mr. Who, Mrs. Who, Grandma Who, Grandpa Who
  • You re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch – Old Max, Young Max, and The Grinch
  • Santa for a Day – Cindy-Lou Who and The Grinch
  • You re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch (Reprise) – Old Max
  • Where Are You, Christmas? – Cindy-Lou Who
  • Who Likes Christmas? (Reprise) – Citizens of Whoville
  • One of a Kind (Reprise) – Young Max, The Grinch, Cindy-Lou Who
  • This Time of Year (Reprise) – Old Max
  • Welcome, Christmas (Reprise) – Citizens of Whoville
  • Santa for a Day (Reprise) – Ensemble
  • Who Likes Christmas? (Reprise) – Ensemble



On November 10, 2020, TODAY.com reported that another musical special would be released by NBC. The last special, Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert was aired live in 2018 and no live special was released in 2019. Before that, NBC had also released The Sound of Music Live!, Peter Pan Live!, The Wiz Live!, and Hairspray Live!. Unlike the previous specials, this one would not be live, but rather pre-recorded over 2 days. Morrison said that the special was originally intended to be live, but due to COVID protocols, it was too impossible to do it live. The program was directed for the stage by Max Webster and directed for the screen by Julia Knowles. The screenplay was adapted by Simon Nye. The program featured music by Timothy Mason and Mel Marvin. It also featured two songs written by Albert Hague and Dr. Seuss that were featured in the first television adaptation of the children s book, How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The special was produced by Morrison, who played the lead role, and executive produced by Lee Connolly, Simon Friend, Joshua Rosenblum, and James Sanna. The project was overseen by Doug Vaughan, executive vice president of special programs at NBC Entertainment.


The special aired on the night of December 9, 2020, at 8 p.m. EST on NBC.


The special received poor reviews.

Caroline Siede of The A.V. Club gave it a C , mainly criticizing Morrison s performance as the Grinch, as well as the source material, saying the score makes Seussical look like a masterpiece in comparison . Brian Lowry of CNN stated that the show felt bloated and flat with all of the commercial breaks. Kelly Lawler of USA Today gave the presentation only one star out of a possible four, calling it the worst of all the previous adaptations of the story.

The special received a 0.6 rating among the 18–49 demographic and 2.5 million viewers, and was beaten by The Masked Singer Holiday Sing-A-Long special.

Year 2020
ReleaseDate 2020-12-09
RuntimeMins 120
RuntimeStr 2h
Plot A live-action TV adaptation of the Broadway stage musical based on the Dr. Seuss classic “How The Grinch Stole Christmas.” As the citizens of Whoville prepare to welcome the holidays, the dastardly Grinch will stop at nothing to p…
Directors Julia Knowles, Max Webster
Writers Simon Nye, Dr. Seuss
Stars Matthew Morrison, Denis O’Hare, Booboo Stewart
Produced by Sue Andrew, Lee Connolly, Simon Friend, Matthew Morrison, Joshua Rosenblum, James Sanna
Music by Mel Marvin
Casting By Stuart Burt
Production Design by Peter Bingemann
Art Direction by Emily Fain
Costume Design by Soutra Gilmour
Makeup Department Nicola Coleman, Matt George, Lauren Hawes, Kristyan Mallett, Nicola Pope, Sam Shuck, Nipona Khan
Production Management Natalie Truelove
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director Jocelyn Cox, Manique Ratner
Art Department Malcolm Birkett, Simon Bourne
Sound Department Conrad Fletcher, Chris Kalcov
Visual Effects by Matt Pettit
Camera and Electrical Department Dave Davey, Dave Hallett, Phil Piotrowsky, Jack Weir
Costume and Wardrobe Department Chris Cahill, Kate Hemstock, Carly Warwick
Editorial Department Lee Clappison, Leigh Panton
Music Department Ewan Anderson, Andy Barnwell, Albert Hague, Joe Hood, Richard John, David Krane, Mel Marvin, Tim Mason, Joshua Rosenblum, Dr. Seuss, Michael Starobin, James Turner
Script and Continuity Department Liz Minchin
Additional Crew Chris Burke, Melanie Carter, Roger Dempster, Nick Dyer, Lizzi Gee, Jon Lambe, Ben Lowe, Kevin Monks, Maggie Mouzakitis, Emma O Mara, Grant Okita, Hanna Osmolska, Alice Parsons, Mimi Parsons, Henry Sheldon, Helen Siveter, Megan Skender, Katherine Skingsley, Ali Wade, Sarah Yelland
Genres Family, Musical
Companies Dr. Seuss Enterprises, Penny Lane Entertainment, Running Subway Productions
Countries USA
Languages English
ContentRating TV-PG
ImDbRating 3.7
ImDbRatingVotes 829
Keywords christmas,based on stage musical,the grinch character,holiday,speaking in rhyme