Génèse du musical
In a reading in New York City, Eric Idle played the Cat in the Hat, and was credited at the time for contributions to the story line. In the Toronto workshop in 1999, coordinated by Livent Inc., Andrea Martin played the Cat in the Hat. The musical had its out-of-town tryout in Boston, Massachusetts at the Colonial Theatre in September 2000.
Seussical opened on Broadway at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on November 30, 2000. Directed by Frank Galati with choreography by Kathleen Marshall; though uncredited, Kathleen Marshall's brother Rob Marshall was hired to direct the show when it returned from Boston to Broadway; the original Broadway cast included David Shiner as the Cat in the Hat, Kevin Chamberlin as Horton, and Anthony Blair Hall as Jojo. It also featured Janine LaManna as Gertrude McFuzz and Michele Pawk as Mayzie LaBird, with Stuart Zagnit as the Mayor of Whoville, Alice Playten as the Mayor's wife, Sharon Wilkins as the Sour Kangaroo and Eric Devine as General Genghis Khan Schmitz also appearing. Throughout the run, there were many celebrity Cat in the Hat replacements, including Rosie O'Donnell and Cathy Rigby.
The production received lukewarm reviews, with critics focusing on the huge cast of characters and unsympathetic plotlines. The Broadway production closed on May 20, 2001 after 198 performances and 34 previews.
A 90-minute Off-Broadway production was staged at the Lucille Lortel Theatre from July 19, 2007 through August 17, 2007 by Theatreworks USA, directed and choreographed by Marcia Milgrom Dodge and starring Shorey Walker as The Cat in the Hat. This production was downscaled from the first USA tour.
West End, London
Seussical opened on the West End at the Arts Theatre on December 4, 2012, by Sell a Door Theatre Company based in Greenwich, London. Produced by David Hutchinson and Phillip Rowntree and directed by Phillip Rowntree, designed by Richard Evans, lighting by Alexander Ridgers with choreography by Cressida Carrè.
It has been announced that "Seussical" will once again return to the Arts Theatre in the Christmas of 2013, once again produced by Sell A Door Theatre Company.
Liste des chansons
• "Overture" – Orchestra
• "Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!" – Company (except The Grinch and Vlad Vladikoff)
• "Our Story Begins"^ – The Cat and JoJo
• "Horton Hears a Who!"* – Bird Girls, Horton and Citizens of the Jungle of Nool
• "Biggest Blame Fool" – Sour Kangaroo, Young Kangaroo, Horton, Wickersham Brothers, Bird Girls, Gertrude McFuzz, Mayzie LaBird, Citizens of the Jungle, Jojo and The Cat
• "Here on Who" – The Mayor, Mrs. Mayor, The Grinch, Whos and Horton
• "A Day for the Cat in the Hat" – The Cat, Jojo and Cat's Helpers
• "It's Possible (In McElligot's Pool)"* – JoJo, The Cat and Fish
• "How to Raise a Child" – The Mayor and Mrs. Mayor
• "The Military" – General Genghis Khan Schmitz, The Mayor, Mrs. Mayor, JoJo and Cadets
• "Alone in the Universe" – Horton and JoJo
• "The One Feather Tail of Miss Gertrude McFuzz" – Gertrude
• "Amayzing Mayzie" – Mayzie LaBird, Gertrude and the Bird Girls
• "Amazing Gertrude" – Gertrude and Bird Girls
• "Monkey Around" – Wickersham Brothers and Horton
• "Chasing the Whos"* – Horton, Sour Kangaroo, Young Kangaroo, Bird Girls, Wickersham Brothers, The Cat, Vlad Vladikoff and Whos
• "How Lucky You Are" – The Cat and Whos
• "Notice Me, Horton" – Gertrude McFuzz and Horton
• "How Lucky You Are" (Reprise) – Mayzie LaBird and Horton
• "Horton Sits on the Egg" – Full Company
• "Entr'acte"^ – Orchestra
• "Our Story Resumes"^ – The Cat, JoJo, Horton, Gertrude McFuzz, General Genghis Khan Schmitz, Bird Girls and Hunters
• "Egg, Nest, and Tree"* – Sour Kangaroo, Bird Girls, Wickersham Brothers, The Cat and Hunters
• "The Circus McGurkus"^ – The Cat, Horton and Circus Animals
• "Mayzie in Palm Beach"^ – Mayzie LaBird, The Cat and Horton
• "Amayzing Horton" – Mayzie LaBird and Horton
• "Alone in the Universe" (Reprise) – Horton
• "Solla Sollew" – Horton, The Mayor, Mrs. Mayor, JoJo, and Circus McGurkus Animals and Performers
• "The Butter Battle"^ – JoJo, General Genghis Khan Schmitz and Cadets
• "The Grinch Carved the Roast Beast"^ – The Grinch, The Mayor, Mrs. Mayor, Cindy Lou Who, Max the Dog and Whos
• "Havin' a Hunch"* – The Cat, JoJo, Hunches and Cat's Helpers
• "All for You" – Gertrude, Horton and Bird Girls
• "The People Versus Horton the Elephant"* – Principals (except Mayzie)
• "Finale" / "Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!" – Full Company
• "Curtain Call" / "Green Eggs and Ham" – Full Company
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