Theodor Geisel – also known as Dr. Seuss – was born on March 2nd, 1904, exactly one hundred and four years ago today. Renowned for his whimsically profound rhymes and outrageously illustrated picture books, Dr. Seuss’ genius also transcends to the stage in several theatrical adaptations:
A terrific non-profit organization, The Children’s Theatre Company has adapted many classic Dr. Seuss stories, including the Lorax, Horton Hears a Who, and the lesser known anti-war tale, The Butter Battle Book.
The musical adaptation of The Grinch Who Stole Christmas is a seasonal favorite. It was written by Timothy Mason, who also crafted a stage play version of one of Dr. Seuss’ earlier works, The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins.
The most ambitious adaptation by far, Seussical the Musical lost millions of dollars due to its short lived Broadway debut. However, the show went onto a successful national tour and is now one of the most popular choices for regional theaters. Drama groups interested in obtaining the rights can visit Music Theater International to learn more.