Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical - Season Special

Dr. Seuss' classic tale takes the stage for the holiday season.

Singing Holiday Grinch Classic is a Dream Come True for Tour Star Bob Lauder

The holiday season just wouldn’t be the same without that catchy song about the green grump whose brain is full of spiders and has garlic in his soul. Bob Lauder, who plays Old Max in the national tour of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, sings “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” in the holiday show. Performing the Seuss-penned tune is not only the actor’s favorite part of the show, but also a childhood dream come true.

“Thurl Ravenscroft, who sang the original version, was one of my idols growing up,” Lauder says. “I remember listening to it as a child and thinking, ‘That’s so cool, I wish I could sing like that!’ I had no idea that over 40 years later, I’d be lucky enough to sing it with a full orchestra to my own sons and a couple thousand other folks at the same time.”

As the Grinch’s trusty dog in the musical, which opens at Procter & Gamble Hall at the Aronoff Center for the Arts on November 27, Lauder plays Old Max, who acts as a narrator in the story. “He brings the audience along into his memories of the most wonderful Christmas ever,” Lauder says of how the Grinch embraces the true meaning of Christmas. “It’s a great honor to be a part of a story that’s enchanted young and old for so long.”

Lauder is joined on stage by Stefan Karl as the Grinch. The musical will play Cincinnati through December 1.

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