Characters from the many Dr. Seuss books will meet up in the Jungle of Nool to sing their hearts out in a four-performance musical scheduled to run tonight through Saturday at the Lubbock Municipal Auditorium in Lubbock.
The musical, titled “SEUSSICAL the Musical” and targeted to the 7- to 8-year-old age group, will feature the mischievous Cat in the Hat, along with the gentle Horton the Elephant, the shy Gertrude McFuzz, and the brash Mayzie LaBird.
“The Grammy-nominated score includes pop, gospel, blues and R&B, with musical numbers, such as ‘Oh, The Things You Can Think,’ ‘Alone in the Universe,’ ‘How Lucky You Are’ and ‘It’s Possible,’” said Deana McCormack in a recent news release.
Cast members are Peter Roman as The Cat in The Hat, Randall Frizaddo as Horton the Elephant, Heather Barr as Gertrude McFuzz and Dawn Bebrech as Mayzie LaBird, she said.
Stafford Arima is the director.
The writers of “SEUSSICAL the Musical,” Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, are a Tony Award-winning team, McCormack said. The two have collaborated in musical theater since 1983.
The musical touches on all of Dr. Seuss’ Horton adventures, among other stories.
Horton is bathing in the Jungle of Nool when he discovers Whoville and its residents on a speck of dust. Then Mayzie LaBird talks him into sitting for a while on her egg.
The adventure continues.
Ahrens and Flaherty received their Tony Award in 1988, as well as the Drama Desk Award and the Outer Critics Circle Award for their score to “Ragtime: Original Broadway Cast Recording,” McCormack said.
In addition, their collaboration on the score to “Anastasia,” Twentieth Century Fox’s first feature-length animated film, brought two Academy Awards and two Golden Globe nominations, she said.
Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel) is one of the most known children’s writers of all time. With more than 50 books written and 100 million books sold, he received the Pulitzer Prize for literature, three Academy Awards, two Peabody Awards and two Emmy Awards during his life.
His characters include Horton the Elephant, the Grinch (Who Stole Christmas), and The Cat in The Hat, which have been featured in television specials and hit films.
Tickets to the musical are on sale now.
To charge by phone, call Select-A-Seat at (806) 770-2000 or (800) 735-1288. To buy tickets in person, visit any Select-A-Seat outlet, or order online by Internet links at celebrityattractions.com.
Discounts are available for groups of 20 or more by calling (800) 869-1451, ext. 12.