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The Grinch is coming to steal Christmas in Pittsburgh but he always brings it back

Jonna Miller
| Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, 9:00 p.m.

The Grinch brings a little Whoville and its Christmas cheer to Pittsburgh Dec.20-24.

"Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical" will be performed at Heinz Hall This touring production is a season special, part of the 2017-2018 PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh series, presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and Broadway Across America.

Hailed by The New York Times as "100 times better than any bedtime story," this classic holiday musical will enchant adults and children alike.

How much do you really know about the story, other than the Grinch's heart grew a size or two or three?

• "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" was first published Oct. 12, 1957, according to goodreads.com. The book currently has a 4.36 star rating with 2,335 reviews on the site. To summarize: "The Grinch hated Christmas! The whole Christmas season! Now, please don't ask why. No one quite knows the reason."

• The holiday special first appeared on television sets in 1966, a year after "A Charlie Brown's Christmas."

• Boris Karloff, perhaps best known for his monster-movie depiction of Frankenstein, voiced the Grinch, as well as providing the show's memorable narration.

• Since the Grinch had no reindeer to pull his sleigh into Whoville, he called his hapless pup, Max, into service.

• Seuss was initially uninterested in animating this or any of his books, but Chuck Jones managed to persuade him, according to imdb.com. Jones was the part of the animation division of Warner Bros. He is famous for creating such beloved cartoon characters as Wile E. Coyote, Henery Hawk, Pepé Le Pew, Marvin the Martian, Ralph Wolf, Road Runner and Sam Sheepdog.

• Seuss wrote the lyrics to all the songs.

• Jim Carrey starred as the Grinch in the live-action version of the story, released in 2000.

• Sir Anthony Hopkins as the narrator, mirrors the casting of the horror genre great Karloff in the original animated movie, in that Hopkins had a career revival in the Hannibal Lecter franchise.

• This was the highest grossing Christmas movie since "Home Alone," imdb.com reports.

• The Broadway musical opened at the Hilton Theatre Nov. 8, 2006, and played 107 performances, according to ibdb.com.

• The musical features the songs "You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch" and "Welcome Christmas."

• Max the Dog narrates the musical.

Jonna Miller is the Tribune-Review assistant features editor. Reach her at 724-850-1270, jonnamiller@tribweb.com or via Twitter @JLMiller_Trib.

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