It’s a holiday classic! And even if you’re a Grinch, you can’t help but fall in love with the Dr. Seuss tale of How The Grinch Stole Christmas, which has been turned into a delightful stage musical. It’s a show about finding the true spirit of Christmas in Whoville, and the whole wonderful little town has come alive with colorful sets and characters at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood (running thru Jan. 3, 2010). Among the high-energy performers is five-time Emmy winner John Larroquette as “Old Max.” But the fellow who grabs the spotlight (and everything else) is hidden under layers of shaggy fur— Stefan Karl as the grumpy green Grinch.
There are 16 original songs in the Broadway musical version, faithfully based on the Dr. Seuss book. But the classic tune “You’re a mean one, Mr. Grinch,” from the much-loved animated special, is also in the show and the audience is encouraged to sing along.
The Grinch may be mean, but the fellow who plays him is as sweet as a candy cane. Stefan Karl loves it when the kids in the audience react to his performance and cheer when the Grinch has a change of heart. The versatile actor reports that he does not recreate Jim Carrey’s performance from the movie. Instead he wanted to bring more sentimentality to his interpretation. “When a heart is three sizes too small, there’s a lot of room to grow. Kids understand that’s what the story is about, digging deep inside yourself to grow and become a better person,” he says.
Stefan is well known to youngsters who watch Nickelodeon’s Lazy Town, a popular show that encourages kids to get fit and stay healthy. His name on the show is Robbie Rotten, and he generates a lot of laughs. “The best educational tool is humor” is his philosophy. He is proud to be a true clown in every sense, and the dynamic actor blows you away when he talks about his love for his craft.
A native of Iceland, he and his wife and their four “little Whos” now live in Los Angeles, where he says his pursuit of happiness is fueled by his desire to spread cheer in How The Grinch Stole Christmas this season and share the true meaning of the holidays.
2009 Hollywood Christmas Parade
It’s a holiday tradition! The annual Hollywood Christmas Parade has a few things that will make it extra special this year. Queen of the daytime dramas, Susan Lucci (All My Children) will serve as the grand marshal for the 2009 Hollywood Christmas Parade/ Live Positively sponsored by Coca-Cola. The star-studded parade is set for Sunday, Nov. 29. Erik Estrada (of CHiPs fame) and TV personality Laura McKenzie (Traveler) will serve as the parade broadcast hosts for the two-hour primetime special, which will air on Dec. 10th, with an encore on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24th via MyNetwork TV. The popular fun-loving brothers, Kyle Massey (That’s So Raven) and Christopher Massey (Zoey 101) are going to be the parade route reporters.
Of course there will be many more celebrities, award winning bands from across the country, colorful equestrians, specialty characters and ornate floats. On Nov. 29 at 6 p.m. the parade will travel a U-shaped route through Hollywood, on Orange Street and Hollywood Blvd., going East on Hollywood Blvd., turning South onto Vine Street, and then West on Sunset Blvd., back to Orange. Tickets for reserved grandstand seats are being sold, and proceeds from the telecasts of the parade will benefit this year’s official charity Feed The Children.
So get ready, because here comes Santa Claus…and the Grinch!
The TolucanTimes congratulates columnist Margie Barron and husband Frank, TV Editor of Entertainment Today, on their 29th Anniversary October 12!