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SEUSSICAL A musical in 2 acts; Conceived by Eric Idle, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty: Based on the works of Dr. Seuss (Theodore Geisel); Music by Stephen Flaherty: Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens. Richard Rodgers Theatre, Broadway - 30 November, 2000 (197 perfs) The celebrated books by Dr. Seuss have been turned into a musical by the composers of Ragtime and Once On This Island. "I can see that you’ve got quite a mind for your age! Why, one Think and you dragged me right onto the stage! Now, I’m here, there is no telling what may ensue With a Cat such as me, and a Thinker like you!" So says the mischievous Cat in the Hat at the onset of this fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza! Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Lucky Stiff, My Favorite Year, Once On This Island, and Ragtime) have lovingly brought to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, Gertrude McFuzz, Lazy Mayzie and all of the Whos of Whoville! These classic, colorful tales are seamlessly brought together by Jojo, a young boy and “thinker of strange and wonderful thinks”! As each story unfolds you will marvel at how relevant and profound Seuss’s subtle themes are; making this musical one that appeals to all ages. The score emerges as a Seussian gumbo of musical styles, ranging from Latin to pop, swing to gospel, and R&B to funk! So let your toes tap, your fingers snap, and your imagination run wild, for "If you open your mind, Oh, the Thinks you will find Lining up to get loose! Oh, the Thinks you can think! Oh, the Thinks you can think When you think about Seuss!!" Based on the works of Dr. Seuss A strange and fantastic red-and-white striped top hat appears on an empty stage, full of possibilities. A Boy enters and is drawn toward the magical hat. He begins imagining what type of wonderful person would wear such a hat, when The Cat in the Hat suddenly materializes! “You’ve got quite a mind for your age,” quips the Cat as he/she begins singing about the power of imagination (“Oh The Thinks You Can Think”). Throughout the fun and silly song, famous Seussian characters are introduced who will figure in the musical: Horton the Elephant, Gertrude McFuzz—the bird with the one feather tail, the Whos of Whoville—including the Mayor and his Wife, the General Genghis Kahn Schmitz, Mayzie La Bird, Sour Kangaroo and the Citizens of the Jungle of Nool. As the energizing opening number comes to a close, the Boy and the Cat use their imaginations to transport everyone to the Jungle of Nool for the first adventure (“Horton Hears A Who”). Horton is the only one in the jungle with large and sensitive enough ears to hear the tiny citizens of Whoville. They are crying for help as their little planet, the size of a speck of dust, floats aimlessly through air. Horton vows at once to help them and places Whoville safely onto a soft clover, just as Sour Kangaroo and her baby enter the scene. Sour Kangaroo thinks Horton is crazy for talking to and protecting a speck of dust and she lets him and the rest of the jungle know about it (“Biggest Blame Fool”). The rascally Wickersham Brothers—a group of mischievous monkeys—join in on the fun of teasing Horton. The one person who stands up for Horton, his neighbor Gertrude McFuzz, is not noticed by anyone, most of all Horton. Horton is left alone with his ‘inhabited’ clover and discovers much more about the Whos and their tiny town