Seussical (Broadway) [Poster]

Seussical (Broadway & Tour)

SEUSSICAL with book by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, music by Stephen Flaherty and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens opened on Broadway at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on Nov 30, 2000 and closed on May 20, 2001 after 34 previews and 198 performances. Conceived by Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty and Eric Idle; Based on the works of Dr. Seuss.  With a total gross of $12,927,734 from 228,686 patrons.

Produced by SFX Theatrical Group, Barry & Fran Weissler and Universal Studios; Produced in association with Kardana-Swinsky Productions, Hal Luftig and Michael Watt. Executive Producer: Gary Gunas and Alecia Parker.

Uncredited direction by Rob Marshall later directed by Frank Galati; Choreographed by Kathleen Marshall; Musical Direction by David Holcenberg; Scenic Design by Eugene Lee & Tony Walton; Costume Design by William Ivey Long; Lighting Design by Natasha Katz; Sound Design by Jonathan Deans and Hair & Wig Design by Paul Huntley; Music orchestrated by Doug Besterman; Dance arrangements by David Chase and Vocal arrangements by Stephen Flaherty

Starring Kevin Chamberlin (Horton the Elephant), Anthony Blair Hall (JoJo), Janine LaManna (Gertrude McFuzz), Michele Pawk (Mayzie LaBird), David Shiner (The Cat in the Hat: until March 11, 2001), Eric Devine (General Genghis Kahn Schmitz / Ensemble), Eddie Korbich (Grandpa Who / Ensemble), Alice Playten (Mrs. Mayor), Sharon Wilkins (Sour Kangaroo), Stuart Zagnit (The Mayor of Whoville), Joyce Chittick (Cat’s Helper / Ensemble), Jennifer Cody (Cat’s Helper / Ensemble), Natascia A. Díaz (Bird Girl / Ensemble), David Engel (Wickersham Brother / Ensemble), Sara Gettelfinger (Bird Girl / Ensemble), Justin Greer (Cat’s Helper / Ensemble), Ann Harada (Marshal of the Court / Ensemble), Catrice Joseph (Bird Girl / Ensemble), Andrew Keenan-Bolger (JoJo / Alternate), Mary Ann Lamb (Cat’s Helper / Ensemble), Darren Lee (Cat’s Helper / Vlad Vladikoff / Ensemble), Monique L. Midgette (Grandma Who / Ensemble), Casey Nicholaw (Ensemble), Tom Plotkin (Wickersham Brother / Ensemble), Devin Richards (Judge Yertle the Turtle / Ensemble), William Ryall (The Grinch / Ensemble), Jerome Vivona (Cat’s Helper / Ensemble), Sharon Wilkins(Ensemble) and Eric Jordan Young (Wickersham Brother / Ensemble)

Swings: Shaun Amyot, Jenny Hill, Michelle Kittrell and David Lowenstein

Standby: Bryan Batt (The Cat in the Hat)

Understudies: Shaun Amyot (Wickersham Brother, Cat’s Helper, Vlad Vladikoff), Sara Gettelfinger (Mayzie LaBird), Ann Harada (Mrs. Mayor), Jenny Hill (Gertrude McFuzz, Bird Girl, Cat’s Helper, Marshal of the Court), Catrice Joseph (Sour Kangaroo), Michelle Kittrell (Bird Girl, Cat’s Helper), David Lowenstein (Wickersham Brother, Cat’s Helper, The Grinch, Judge Yertle the Turtle), Monique Midgette (Sour Kangaroo), Casey Nicholaw (Horton the Elephant, The Mayor of Whoville), William Ryall (General Genghis Kahn Schmitz) and Eric Jordan Young (The Cat in the Hat)

Associate Director: Stafford Arima; Associate Choreographer: Robert Ashford and Joey Pizzi; Associate Scenic Design: Larry Gruber; Assistant Scenic Design: N. Joseph DeTullio; Associate Costume Design: Scott Traugott; Assistant Costume Design: Catherine Carroll, Cory Ching and Patrick Wiley; Assistant Lighting Design: Jeffrey Whitsett and Daniel Walker; Assistant to Mr. Long: Brian Russman and SeoHee Hong; Assistant to the Lighting Designer: Richard Swan

General Manager: Alan Wasser Associates; Company Manager: Lizbeth Cone later replaced by Thomas Schlenk

Scenic Design Coordinator: Larry Gruber; Production Supervisor: Bonnie Panson; Production Manager: Juniper Street Productions, John H. Paull, III and Hillary Blanken; Stage Manager: Andrew Fenton and Joshua Halperin later replaced by Kenneth McGee.

Casting: Jay Binder and Sherry Dayton; Online Marketing by Toby Simkin / Inc.; Press Representative: Barlow-Hartman Public Relations; Dance Supervisor: Joyce Chittick

Musical Coordinator: John Miller; Conducted by David Holcenberg; Associate Conductor: Steve Marzullo; Concertmistress: Naomi Katz; Violin: Karl Kawahara; Viola: Maxine Roach; Cello: Stephanie Cummins; Woodwind: Paul Sundfor, Dan Willis and John Winder; Trumpet: Brian O’Flaherty and John Reid; Trombone: Larry Farrell; Guitar: Jeffrey Lee Campbell and Jack Cavari; Electric Bass: Francisco Centeno; Drums: Warren Odze; Percussion: Charles Descarfino; Keyboard: Steve Marzullo and Philip Fortenberry; Music Preparation: Emily Grishman Music Preparation

Replacement cast included: Aaron Carter (JoJo: Mar 30, 2001 – May 13, 2001), Rosie O’Donnell (During David Shiner’s vacation as The Cat in the Hat: Jan 16, 2001 – Feb 10, 2001), Cathy Rigby (The Cat in the Hat: Mar 15, 2001 – May 20, 2001), Cameron Bowen (JoJo: Dec 2000 – May 20, 2001), Michael J. Farina (Grandpa Who / Ensemble: Feb 2001 – May 20, 2001)

Replacement Understudies: Shaun Amyot (Judge Yertle the Turtle), Joyce Chittick (Mayzie LaBird), Michael J. Farina (Horton the Elephant), Ann Harada (Gertrude McFuzz), Michelle Kittrell (Marshal of the Court) and David Lowenstein (General Genghis Kahn Schmitz)

National Tour

A national tour produced by WhoCo, LLC;  in association with McCoy Rigby Entertainment (Tom McCoy); Associate Producer: Kary M. Walker commenced in September 2002, with largely an all new production:

Directed by Christopher Ashley; Choreographed by Patti Colombo and John Charron; Associate Director: Michael Barakiva; Musical Director: John Mezzio; Scenic Design by James Kronzer; Costume Design by David C. Woolard; Lighting Design by Howell Binkley; Sound Design by Brian Ronan; and Hair and Wig Design by Bernie Ardia

Executive Producer: Ken Gentry; General Manager: Angela Rowles and Gentry & Associates; Company Manager: Cynthia Bowers; Assistant Co. Mgr: Dawn Marie Bernhard; Production Supervisor: Seth Wenig; Production Manager: Jon Harrington; Production Stage Manager: Robert V. Thurber; Stage Manager: Victoria Navarro; Assistant Stage Mgr: Ryan P. Corvaial Director of Flying: Paul Rubin; Flying Effects by ZFX, Inc.; Associate Lighting Design: Michael Jones; Associate Sound Design: T. J. McEvoy; Assistant Costume Design: Kevin Brainerd, Christine Field and Melissa Schlachtmeyer; Automated Lighting Programmer: Timothy F. Rogers; Press Representative: Anita Dloniak & Associates, Inc.; Exclusive Tour Direction: The Booking Group; Casting: Patricia Pearce Gentry; Advertising: SPOTCo, Inc.; Dance Captain: Brian Shepard; Photographer: Carol Rosegg

Starring Cathy Rigby (The Cat in the Hat); Drake English (JoJo: Alternate); Gaelen Gilliland (Mayzie LaBird); Eric Leviton (Horton the Elephant); Garrett Long (Gertrude McFuzz); Richard Miron (JoJo: Alternate); NaTasha Yvette Williams (Sour Kangaroo / Ensemble); Paul Aguirre (Cat’s Helper / Ensemble); Venny Carranza (Wickersham Brother / Ensemble); Jenna Coker (Cat’s Helper / Ensemble); Dioni Michelle Collins (Bird Girl / Ensemble); Drew DiStefano (Cat’s Helper / Ensemble); Danielle M. Garner (Bird Girl / Ensemble); Amy Griffin (Mrs. Mayor / Ensemble); Erin Maguire (Cat’s Helper / Ensemble); Stuart Marland (General Genghis Kahn Schmitz / Ensemble); Brian Mathis (Judge Yertle the Turtle / Cat’s Helper / Ensemble); Kaitlin McCoy (Cat’s Helper / Ensemble); Liz Pearce (Bird Girl / Ensemble); Richard Rowan (The Grinch / Ensemble); Brian Shepard (Vlad Vladikoff / Ensemble); Don Stitt (The Mayor of Whoville / Ensemble); Luis Villabon (Wickersham Brother / Ensemble) and Brian-Thomas Williams (Wickersham Brother).

Swings included: Cameron Henderson and Heather Maureen Stuart

Understudies included: Paul Aguirre (Horton the Elephant, Wickersham Brother), Jenna Coker (The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, Mrs. Mayor, Bird Girl), Dioni Michelle Collins (Sour Kangaroo, Mrs. Mayor), Drew DiStefano (Vlad Vladikoff), Danielle M. Garner(Mayzie LaBird, Sour Kangaroo), Cameron Henderson (Wickersham Brother, Cat’s Helper), Erin Maguire (The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz), Brian Mathis (Horton the Elephant, General Genghis Kahn Schmitz, The Grinch), Liz Pearce (Mayzie LaBird), Richard Rowan (The Mayor of Whoville, General Genghis Kahn Schmitz), Brian Shepard (Wickersham Brother, Judge Yertle the Turtle) and Heather Maureen Stuart (Bird Girl, Cat’s Helper)

Musical Supervisor: David Holcenberg; Musical Coordinator: Bill Meade; Conducted by John Mezzio; Associate Conductor: Andrew Graham; Assistant Conductor: Aron Accurso; Keyboard: Andrew Graham; Keyboard 2: Aron Accurso; Woodwinds: Todd Barnhardt and Robert Pawlo; Trumpet: Bobby Burns, Jr. and David Olson; Guitar: David Shoup; Electric Bass: Jeffrey Link; Drums/Percussion: Steve McKeown

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This fantastical family musical is based on the books of Dr. Seuss, including favorites like “Horton Hears a Who!”, “Horton Hatches the Egg,” and “Miss Gertrude McFuzz.”

Horton hears a noise coming from a speck of dust on a clover and commits himself to protecting it and the Whos who live on it; Jojo, a misfit Who who “doesn’t Think normal Thinks,” struggles to find his place in the tiny Who society; Gertrude McFuzz tries to catch the attention of her love – the kind and compassionate Horton. Through mishaps and adventures, these unique characters finally find what they seek – their places in their world.


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National Tour


Niceville, FL (College Auditorium – Mattie Kelly Arts Center) from Sep 02, 2002 – Sep 15, 2002
Indianapolis, IN (Clowes Memorial Hall) from Sep 17, 2002 – Sep 22, 2002
Houston, TX (Hobby Center For The Performing Arts) from Sep 24, 2002 – Sep 29, 2002
Sacramento, CA (SAFE Credit Union Performing Arts Center) from Oct 02, 2002 – Oct 13, 2002
San Antonio, TX (Majestic Theatre – San Antonio) from Oct 22, 2002 – Oct 27, 2002
San Diego, CA (San Diego Civic Theatre) from Oct 29, 2002 – Nov 03, 2002
Seattle, WA (Paramount Theatre) from Nov 05, 2002 – Nov 10, 2002
Portland, OR (Keller Auditorium) from Nov 12, 2002 – Nov 17, 2002
Baltimore, MD (Morris A. Mechanic Theatre) from Dec 03, 2002 – Dec 08, 2002
Chicago, IL (Cadillac Palace Theatre) from Dec 10, 2002 – Dec 22, 2002
Costa Mesa, CA (Segerstrom Center for the Arts) from Dec 25, 2002 – Jan 04, 2003
Columbus, OH (Palace Theatre – Columbus) from Jan 07, 2003 – Jan 12, 2003
Philadelphia, PA (Merriam Theater) from Jan 14, 2003 – Jan 19, 2003
Milwaukee, WI (Uihlein Hall at Marcus Performing Arts Center) from Jan 21, 2003 – Jan 26, 2003
Cincinnati, OH (Aronoff Center For The Arts: Procter & Gamble Hall) from Jan 28, 2003 – Feb 09, 2003
Minneapolis, MN (Orpheum Theatre – Minneapolis) from Feb 11, 2003 – Feb 16, 2003
Appleton, WI (Fox Cities Performing Arts Center) from Feb 18, 2003 – Feb 23, 2003
Orlando, FL (Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre) from Feb 26, 2003 – Mar 02, 2003
West Palm Beach, FL (Raymond F. Kravis Center For The Performing Arts) from Mar 04, 2003 – Mar 09, 2003
Fort Lauderdale, FL (Broward Center For The Performing Arts) from Mar 11, 2003 – Mar 23, 2003
Tampa, FL (David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts) from Mar 25, 2003 – Mar 30, 2003
Charlotte, NC (Ovens Auditorium) from Apr 01, 2003 – Apr 06, 2003
Pittsburgh, PA (Heinz Hall) from Apr 08, 2003 – Apr 13, 2003
Jacksonville, FL (Moran Theatre at Times Union Center) from Apr 15, 2003 – Apr 20, 2003
Wallingford, CT (Toyota Oakdale Theatre) from Apr 22, 2003 – Apr 27, 2003
Kalamazoo, MI (James W. Miller Auditorium) from Apr 29, 2003 – May 04, 2003
New Orleans, LA (Saenger Theatre (LA)) from May 06, 2003 – May 11, 2003
Atlanta, GA (Fox Theatre) from May 13, 2003 – May 18, 2003
Dallas, TX (Music Hall At Fair Park) from May 20, 2003 – Jun 01, 2003
Tempe, AZ (ASU Gammage) from Jun 03, 2003 – Jun 08, 2003
Denver, CO (Buell Theatre) from Jun 10, 2003 – Jun 12, 2003
La Mirada, CA (La Mirada Performing Arts Center) from Jun 13, 2003 – Jun 29, 2003

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