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WHO is the Grinch's Reindeer?

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Normally the question would be "What is the Grinch's Reindeer?" but this is WHOville.

If you watch and listen closely, you can answer the question by attending the latest musical to hit the Broward Center: How The Grinch Stole Christmas. The touring production just finished a gig in Orlando, and is in Ft. Lauderdale through December 27.

The musical was first performed in Minneapolis in 1994, and moved to Broadway in 2006.

Audiences here will see the Icelandic stage actor Stefan Karl, the person most associated with the Grinch character. He has been with the company for eight years, and has performed the role 500 times. Another veteran of the production is Bob Lauder as the dog Old Max, now on his 6th annual tour. His powerful voice lends just the right tone to the role of narrator.

This is a really great production, one that appeals to every age. Youngsters in the audience were anxious to see The Grinch, asking near the start of the show when he would appear. At the other end of the scale, I attended with a youthful blonde who actually had Dr. Seuss (Theodor Geisel in real life) autograph the Grinch book for him in the 1950s.

The interactive nature of the show was fun, especially when the Grinch was trying to do a countdown from 3 and he kept getting interrupted by kids in the audience. "They must be home schooled" he said to great laughter from the adults.

The show follows the traditional animated production pretty closely, with the exception of the giant sleigh stashed with stolen toys. When it was falling off the mountain, the Grinch did not hold it up, a feat that would be difficult to do in reality.  But that did not detract in the least from the joy of the production, which is outstanding both for its sets, costumes, and music. Special mention must be made of Matt Weinstein as the perky young dog Max, and the little girl Genny Gagnon, whose central role in the story was done to perfection.

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Clifford Cunningham

Dr. Clifford Cunningham is a planetary scientist. He earned his PhD in the history of astronomy at the University of Southern Queensland, and has undergraduate degrees in science and ancient history from the University of Waterloo. In 2014 he was named a contributor to Encyclopedia Britannica. He is the author of 14 books on asteroids and the history of science. In 1999 he appeared on the TV show Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Asteroid 4276 was named in his honor in 1990 by the International Astronomical Union based on the recommendation of its bureau located at Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

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