Five Reasons to Watch The Grinch Live! on NBC
Happy Holidays (okay, it’s a little early, but covid….)
Pretty soon, all of the holidays special will begin and luckily, this year is no exception.
On December 9, there is going to be a live version on NBC of the Broadway musical, “The Grinch”!
How awesome is that?
(Yes, I know this photo is from the movie.)
Five Reasons to Watch The Grinch Live! on NBC
#1 THE PLOT
If you don’t know the musical, (because you’ve been living in a cave or something) the story goes like this:
The action of the musical happens in mysterious Whoville. Christmas is a wonderful holiday, which is adored by all the residents of the fantastic town. Who doesn’t love this time of the year, when everything around is covered with fluffy snow, when we feel a smell of a fir-tree, and people exchange with magnificent gifts? Therefore, on the eve of the holiday, the inhabitants are concerned about purchases of the gifts, decoration of the houses and, of course, preparation of dishes for the holiday table.
Once upon a time, a man lived in a town. His was called Grinch. His body was green and hairy. That’s why nobody in the Whoville loved him. The main hero took offense on the inhabitants and decided to live on the lonely mountain, which was blown by winds. A dog was an only being, who kept his company. On this mountain, he sat in a cave and was angry at the whole world.
Breakfast with the Grinch from vastateparkstaff
Grinch hated Christmas most of all. While the population of a town had fun with all hearts, the indicator of already bad Grinch’s mood expressed something awful. Each Christmas appeared to be a terrible torture for the green hermit. One day, a spiteful inhabitant of the mountain decided to finish a holiday once and for all. While the carefree Whovilleans were sleeping in holiday night with pleasure, perfidious Grinch decided to steal Christmas from the citizens, to make nobody able to have fun anymore.
Now, as well as the residents of the town, Grinch is in cares: he needs to prepare an ideal crime, that nobody could follow his ways. Two teenagers and two girls got on the mountain, where Grinch lived, and it finally angered him. He left the cave, put on a fancy dress and went down to the city, where he began to frighten everyone, who occurred on his path. What to do, if the circumstance, which is hard to cope with, unexpectedly interferes into the plans of Grinch? To speak more precisely, it is the little girl, who even wants to make friends with the character.
Five Reasons to Watch The Grinch Live on NBC
The girl, who helped the father with mail, was frightened so much that she fell in the packing machine, but then, probably, Grinch felt sorry and pulled her out. Cindy thanked him. Being raged by the fact that someone can think that he is kind, Grinch wrapped her with the tinsel. Then the girl thought that, maybe, Grinch is not so bad as everyone speaks about him. She also absolutely cannot understand the sense of Christmas and wants to reconcile him with the residents. However, finally, Grinch realizes that sense of Christmas is not in gifts. The repentant villain decided to return the gifts to the inhabitants, and they accepted him to their society.
#2 MATTHEW MORRISON
Matthew James Morrison will portray Grinch! Morrison is an American actor, dancer, and singer-songwriter. Morrison is known for starring in multiple Broadway and Off-Broadway productions, including his portrayal of Link Larkin in Hairspray on Broadway, and for his role as Will Schuester on the television show Glee. He received a Tony Award nomination for his featured role as Fabrizio Nacarelli in the musical The Light in the Piazza.
#3 DENIS O’HARE
Denis O’Hare will play his dog, Max. O’Hare is an American actor, singer, and author noted for his award-winning performances in the plays and musicals such as Sweet Charity, as well as portraying vampire king Russell Eddington on HBO’s fantasy series True Blood. He has been nominated for an Primetime Emmy for Best Actor.
#4 THE COSTUMES
Personally, I think the costumes from the film version were exceptional. I don’t know if they can reach that level of detail, but I’m interested in seeing if they do so.
#5 THE CHOREOGRAPHY
From viewing the snippet on NBC, I can tell the choreography is fun and playful. That’s got to be a plus, huh? Here’s a trailer for the show:
As you may know, several musicals have been performed live in recent years. In my opinion, some were better than others. I enjoyed NBC’s Hairspray and Jesus Christmas Super Star the most. I would hope these production companies are learning how to produce a better product each time they attempt one. Who knows?
Another was good production was A Christmas Story. In case you don’t me, I am a retired drama teacher having taught and directed for thirty-eight years. You can find my resume here:Teaching Resume
A Christmas Story Broadway Musical Lesson
Now I created drama education resources for my business, Dramamommaspeaks. I have a lesson about A Christmas Story which would complement the Grinch Live! If you are in a hybrid learning classroom or distance learning, these musicals work well for teachers.
You can find it here: A Christmas Story Broadway Musical Lesson
Need a quick emergency lesson plan? Or one for a substitute? Everything is provided for the busy teacher.
This Product includes:
- Letter to Teacher
- Two Warm Ups–MY Version of Popular Exercises
- Teacher’s Script–what I say and how I say it!
- Photos of the Production
- Separate File of Slides for Teacher to Use to Lecture
- Plot of the Musical
- History about the Origination of the Production
- Information concerning the composer, Pasek and Paul (who also co-wrote Dear Evan Hansen)
- History about the Film and Musical Helping One Another
- A Shortened Lesson on : What are the Tony Awards?
- Tony Awards it Received
- What are the Tony Awards
- New York City Map with Competing Theatres Labeled
- Student Note Page
- Teacher Note Page Key
- Quotes from the Musical–Good for Discussions and Assignments
- Extension Activities–Five different activities, individual and group
- Sources & Links to Film Clips from the Show
This lesson works well with any grade level, although it was created for secondary students. Reading, Language Arts, Vocal Music and Drama classes have success with it!
I hope you’ll check out Grinch on December 9 and think about purchasing my Broadway lesson on A Christmas Story. If nothing else, both will put you in the holiday spirit!
Which Grinch character is your favorite? Mine is Max. I’d love to hear from you. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or DeborahBaldwin.net