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How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Albert Hague, Eugene Poddany, arr. Larry Clark
How the Grinch Stole Christmas began in 1957 as an illustrated children's book by Theodor "Dr. Seuss" Geisel (1904 – 1991). In 1966 the story was aired as an animated TV special with music by Albert Hague. The memorable bass vocal was performed by Thurl Ravenscroft, the familiar voice of Tony the Tiger. A musical was produced in 1994 and a movie came out in 2000. This medley includes “Welcome Christmas” and “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch.”
The Grinch is a grumpy hermit creature who hates the thought of the nearby Whos of Whoville happily celebrating Christmas. Disguised as Santa Claus, with his dog made to look like a reindeer, he raids the village to steal their Christmas things. He expects the Whos to become sad and bitter, but they remain joyful. When he realizes that Christmas is more than just presents his shrunken heart grows three sizes larger. He reforms and joins the Whos' feast where he carves the roast beast.
Composer Albert Hague (1920 – 2001) was a German-born songwriter, composer and actor. He wrote four Broadway musicals in addition to Grinch and played Benjamin Shorofsky, the music teacher, in the TV series Fame.
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