Seussical, a musical based on stories by beloved children's author Dr. Seuss, played on Broadway about a decade ago. Now, a streamlined and shorter version of the show, targeted at children and family audiences, comes to Eisenhower Auditorium at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22. TheatreworksUSA, the leading children's theater ensemble from New York City, performs the show.
Tickets are still available. Buy them at the door.
If you've seen a TheatreworksUSA production, you know each typically has a cast of five or six. But with Seussical, Theatreworks has mounted its biggest and most elaborate production ever. The cast is double the usual size and the production values are more elaborate.
Reviewers, and even show creators Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, say this adaptation might be better than the original.
A New York Times critic describes Seussical as "85 minutes of sweetness, humor and energetic high spirits." A New York Daily News reviewer insists the show is "half as long and twice as enjoyable as the … Broadway production."
The production features a Penn State connection. Nathan Brewer, Seussical music director, is a master of fine arts candidate in directing at the university.
Kids Connections, which is free for ticket holders, takes place one hour before the show. It features Penn State athletes reading from Dr. Seuss books, plus a child-friendly activity and snacks. Due to space and time restrictions, Kids Connections participation is limited.