NBC bringing 'The Grinch' to life in new musical holiday special

The production airing this December will be the latest take on the beloved Christmas tale.
/ Source: TODAY

NBC is bringing to life a beloved Christmas tale this holiday season.

The peacock network will broadcast a two-hour production of “Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch Musical” on Dec. 9 at 8 p.m. EST from the Troubadour Theatre in London.

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Former “Glee” star Matthew Morrison will headline the show as the grouchy Grinch. “Big Little Lies” actor Denis O’Hare will portray old Max, while “Descendants 3” star Booboo Stewart will play young Max and “The Lost Girls” star Amelia Minto will tackle the role of Cindy-Lou Who.

“While the pandemic presents some challenges in bringing the stage musical to life, we are putting together a really special show with some crazy, fun, imaginative things going on,” Morrison said in a rehearsals clip that aired Tuesday on TODAY.

“Dr. Seuss is an indelible part of all of our lives and we’re thrilled to bring a stage production of ‘The Grinch Musical!’ to our audience,” Doug Vaughan, executive vice president, special programs at NBC Entertainment, said in a press release. “This is a perfect addition to our annual holiday program traditions and a telecast the entire family will enjoy.”

Benedict Cumberbatch voiced the green curmudgeon in the 2018 animated version of "The Grinch."(C) Universal Pictures / Courtesy Everett Collection

“The Grinch” has a healthy history of entertaining audiences well beyond Whoville.

In 2018, Benedict Cumberbatch, Rashida Jones and Kenan Thompson starred in an animated big-screen adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ classic 1957 book, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” Jim Carrey headlined a live-action version that debuted in 2000, and the popular television special has aired on various networks each holiday season since it premiered in 1966.

NBC is also no stranger to putting on musicals, having staged several over the last few years, including live productions of "The Sound of Music," "Peter Pan," "The Wiz," "Hairspray" and "Jesus Christ Superstar."