SPECIAL FOR THE AJT
Company J at the MJCCA continues its season of theater classics with a rendition of “Seussical,” running through May 5. Geared specifically to younger audiences, this one-act version of the Dr. Seuss musical is a fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza!
Featuring well-known characters Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, Lazy Mayzie, the story a little boy with a big imagination, Jojo. The Company J production is performed by adults, and running time is 85 minutes.
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“‘Seussical’ is a family musical that appeals to so many because it brings all the Dr. Seuss characters together into one big show,” Brian Kimmel, Company J’s Producing Artistic Director, said. “I think audiences will enjoy the charm, whimsy and playful sense of humor that are the immediate visual hallmarks of Dr. Seuss.”
Popular songs include “Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!”; “Horton Hears a Who!”; and “The Circus McGurkus.” Based on the works of Dr. Seuss, and the book by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, “Seussical” was co-conceived by Eric Idle with music by Stephen Flaherty and lyrics Lynn Ahrens.
Kimmel’s pick for the best part of the show, though, isn’t a particular tune.
“But my favorite element of the show is how ultimately the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant,” he said. “Dr. Seuss has been ‘one true friend in the universe’ to millions of young readers for generations, and ‘Seussical’ wonderfully brings these valuable stories to audiences via a new medium.”
Productions take place at the MJCCA’s Morris and Rae Frank Theatre; shows include 11 a.m. (sensory-friendly), 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. on May 5. For more information, visit Company J online at atlantajcc.org/company; for tickets, call the Company J Box Office at (678) 812.4002 or visit atlantajcc.org/boxoffice.