Tony winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (“Lucky Stiff,” “My Favorite Year,” “Once Upon This Island,” and “Ragtime”) have lovingly brought to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, lazy Mayzie, and a little boy with a big imagination—Jojo. The colorful characters transport us from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos. The Cat in the Hat tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust containing Whos, including Jojo, a Who child sent off to military school for thinking too many “thinks.” Horton faces a double challenge—not only must he protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must guard an abandoned egg, left to his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping, and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family, and community are challenged and emerge triumphant.
Music by Stephen Flaherty, Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Book by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens
Co-Conceived by Stephen Flaherty, Lynn Ahrens, and Eric Idle
Based on the works of Dr. Seuss
Closing out the 92nd Season was the family-friendly musical “Seussical.” The production was very well-received by both the reviewer and the large numbers of family audiences that helped to make “Seussical” one of the season’s most successful productions.