How the Grinch Stole Christmas will be playing in San Diego for an amazing sixteenth straight year.
Where is the Grinch playing: the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Specifically, the Old Globe Theatre in Balboa Park on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage. Parking is free.
How much does it cost: tickets are $37 for adults and $24 for children seventeen and younger.
When is the Grinch playing: November 16 to December 28th.
On weekends there will be a special matinee performance at eleven in the morning. At night the performance will be at seven at night. During weekdays the performance will be at two in the afternoon.
Special performances: An Autism performance will be held on December 14th for children with Autism. On November 17th there will be a special tree lighting ceremony accompanied by a free special performance by the performers.
Steven Blanchard stars as the Grinch is this adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ classic story. It was the performances in San Diego which helped lead to the Grinch musical jumping coasts to become a big hit on Broadway in New York, and now performances have spread to other cities around the country. This is the third year for Blanchard to play the Grinch. Coming in at six foot three inches in height, Steve uses his height to try and make a menacing Grinch.
This, the 16th year of the show in San Diego may be the longest running theatrical performance of the Grinch tale, and it shows no signs of slowing down.
Update: Reviews are starting to come in and the show is a winner. Not that anyone should be surprised, especially with most of the cast being experienced from prior years shows.
The musical lasts one hundred minutes, and director James Vasquez has reworked some of the jokes this year so not everything is identical from year to year. For instance, this year a joke about Twitter is incorporated into the show.
UT San Diego in a review noted the show, with its returning cast year after year, runs like a well oiled machine providing happy familiarity. On the other hand, there are enough one-liners built in each year that it is not quite the same show. It is something to enjoy year after year with your family.