Grinch Brings Christmas Cheer to the Dallas Winspear Opera House

Who’s as cuddly as a cactus? Who’s as charming as an eel?

If you don’t already know the answers to these questions, you should make your way down to the Winspear Opera House this weekend to see the classic holiday story “The Grinch who stole Christmas.”

“You’re a mean one, Mr. Grinch” might be the only recognizable song in this retelling of Dr. Seuss’ book, but the rest of the show sure is fun.

This musical has Max the dog narrating the story years after it takes place, and he watches along with the audience as the Grinch (Stefan Karl) wreaks havoc on Whoville, stringing along Young Max (Seth Bazacas).

“The Who’s down in Whoville like Christmas a lot, but the Grinch who lived just north of Whoville –did not.” -Dr Seuss

Those Seuss lines are the basic plotline of the entire musical. The Who’s are completely obsessed with this time of the year and the crotchety green monster of the mountain wants nothing more than to squash their joy.

His evil plan is to steal everything related to the holiday from the Who’s, so he dresses up like Santa and climbs down their chimneys taking everything from their decorations to the last can of Who-Hash.

The Grinch and Cindy-Lou Who are the stars of this adorable rendition of Dr. Seuss' story, now playing at the Winspear. Photo

Little Cindy-Lou Who is the only one who can get through to the Grinch, when she mistakes him for Santa. And when he realizes that you can’t steal joy, his glowing red heart in his green chest grows bigger and he returns their gifts and is invited into the feast.

With songs like “Who Likes Christmas?” “This Time of Year” and “Santa for a day,” this might be one of the
most festive shows in town.

Cindy-Lou Who, young Max and even the Grinch are loveable and are captivating young kids with jokes, recognizable characters and a fun sing-a-long.

At the end of the show, the snow that falls from the ceiling just adds to the enjoyment of a fun show.

The show is not exactly meant for adults, but with help from the show’s special drink, ‘The Green Meanie,’ you might even find yourself giggling along with the kids.

The show runs through Dec. 12, with several performances per day. For more information and to purchase tickets visit