Theatre Mirror Reviews - "Seussical"

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note: entire contents copyright 2009 by Beverly Creasey

Tip Your HAT to The CAT

A Review by Beverly Creasey

Here’s the good news. The Wheelock Family Theatre’s SEUSSICAL is recession-proofical! Wheelock’s mission to present affordable, accessible (and I’ll add “adorable”) theater means the whole gang can go to the Dr. Seuss musical (playing through March 1st) for half the price of a downtown show! AND February 6th is BOGO (Buy one, Get one!) Day. What’s left to say? (Except to warn you that you may catch the rhyming bug, too!)

Here’s even better news. If you saw the pre-Broadway version back in 2000, don’t fret. The nasty cat is no more and in his place is a powerhouse named Andrew Barbato as the cheeky, legendary-but-never-scary Cat in the Hat.

The three year old next to me gave me pointers because I grew up before “Green Eggs and Ham” sold books by the stack but your kids will know every character forward and back. And you’ll be happy to know the songs are clever enough for grownups, too. Laurel Stachowicz’ choreography is so infectious that the three year old was swaying to the beat and I was tapping my feet under my seat.

Grace Napier’s cast is divinely whimsical, from Peter Carey’s blustery general to Jennifer Beth Glick’s fuzzy, under-feathered bird, from Gamalia Pharms’ crabby kangaroo to Angela Williams’ peacock of a showbird. Music director Jonathan Goldberg gets spot-on singing from everyone, especially a little scene stealer named Sirena Abalian.

Kamau Minkah Hashim is the sweetest of Hortons.

Now if you’re saying, “Who?”
It’s important to see what Wheelock can do.
Only a grinch would demur, suffice it to say
A grin can occur on any old day.

"Seussical The Musical" (30 January - 1 March)
200 The Riverway, BOSTON MA

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