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by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens

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Stephen Flaherty's musical based on the Dr. Seuss books: Horton Hears a Who!, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Lorax, Green Eggs and Ham, Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories, Horton Hatches the Egg, I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew, McElligot's Pool, Hunches in Bunches, If I Ran the Circus, The Butter Battle Book, Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!, The Cat in the Hat, The Sneetches and Other Stories, Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?, Oh, the Places You'll Go!, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish.


The Cat in the Hat tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust containing Whos, including Jojo, a Who child sent off to a butter battling military school for thinking too many "thinks." Horton's attention to the speck of dust and his "loitering" care of Mayzie LaBird's egg has elicited taunting and accusations from the rest of the animal kingdom, except for Gertrude McFuzz, who longs for his attention, and JoJo, whose "thinks" save them all in the end.

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Composer and Librettist
Stephen Flaherty


Lyricist and Librettist
Lynn Ahrens

  • Premiere

Broadway Premiere

Richard Rodgers Theatre
Opening Night
Nov 30, 2000
Total Performances
Original Cast
Kevin Chamberlin, Anthony Blair Hall, Janine LaManna, Michele Pawk, David Shiner, Eric Devine, Eddie Korbich, Alice Playten, Sharon Wilkins, Stuart Zagnit
Kathleen Marshall
SFX Theatrical Group, Barry & Fran Weissler and Universal Studios
Musical Director
David Holcenberg
Doug Besterman
Scenic Design
Eugene Lee
Costume Design
William Ivey Long
Lighting Design
Natasha Katz
Sound Design
Jonathan Deans


Original Broadway Cast Album


Vocal Selections



2001 Tony Award Nominations

Best Actor in a Musical - Kevin Chamberlin

2001 Drama Desk Award Nominations

Outstanding Actor in a Musical - Kevin Chamberlin
Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical - Janine LaManna
Outstanding Music

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