Licensing Company: MTI
“Oh, the thinks you can think” when Dr. Seuss’ best-loved characters collide and cavort in an unforgettable musical caper!
This version is based on the 2002 US National Touring Production.
This show is designed to be stick conducted from the podium. It is orchestrated for 2 keyboards, both which have programming. Keyboard 1 is the primary piano book and requires an excellent player. There are only a handful of sounds in this book but there are over 125 patch changes so familiarity with shows that have keyboard programming would be helpful but not required. These sounds include Acoustic Piano, Electric Piano, Celeste, Analog Pad, Synth Pads, Calliope, and everyone’s favorite, the theramin.
Keyboard 2 is much more heavily programmed and contains over 60 different sounds and instruments mostly various synth elements such as pads, keys, bells, and leads, but also has other fun sounds to play such as voices and choirs, sitar, accordion, and even a kazoo choir. This book has several SFX that are triggered from this chair as well. Although there are close to 250 patch changes throughout the show, this is a really satisfying book to play.
ORIGINAL MUSIC TEAM
Book by: Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty
Conceived by: Eric Idle, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty
Based on the works of Dr. Seuss
Music by: Stephen Flaherty
Lyrics by: Lynn Ahrens
Music orchestrated by: Doug Besterman
Vocal arrangements by: Stephen Flaherty
Dance arrangements by: David Chase
Additional dance arrangements by: Stephen Flaherty
Musical Director: John Mezzio
US National Tour Orchestra
Musical Supervisor: David Holcenberg
Conducted by: John Mezzio
Associate Conductor: Andrew Graham
Assistant Conductor: Aron Accurso
Keyboard 1: Andrew Graham
Keyboard 2: Aron Accurso
Woodwinds: Todd Barnhardt and Robert Pawlo
Trumpet: Bobby Burns, Jr. and David Olson
Guitar: David Shoup
Electric Bass: Jeffrey Link
Drums/Percussion: Steve McKeown
Musical Coordinator: Bill Meade
Now one of the most performed shows in America, Seussical is a fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza! Tony winners, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Lucky Stiff, My Favorite Year, Once on This Island, Ragtime), have lovingly brought to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, lazy Mayzie and a little boy with a big imagination – Jojo. The colorful characters transport us from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos.
The Cat in the Hat tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust that contains the Whos, including Jojo, a Who child sent off to military school for thinking too many “thinks.” Horton faces a double challenge: not only must he protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must guard an abandoned egg, left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant.
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