Seussical

Seussical
"Oh, the thinks you can think" when Dr. Seuss' best-loved characters collide and cavort in an unforgettable musical caper!

Now one of the most performed shows in America, Seussical is a fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza! Tony winners, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Lucky Stiff, My Favorite Year, Once on This Island, Ragtime), have lovingly brought to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, lazy Mayzie and a little boy with a big imagination – Jojo. The colorful characters transport us from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos.

The Cat in the Hat tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust that contains the Whos, including Jojo, a Who child sent off to military school for thinking too many "thinks." Horton faces a double challenge: not only must he protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must guard an abandoned egg, left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant.

Seussical is fun for the whole family! Performers of all ages will be excited to portray the characters from the familiar Dr. Seuss fables. This musical provides wonderful creative opportunities for set, lighting and costume design. An alternate orchestration is available in keys more appropriate for a female Cat in the Hat.

Concert Selections for Seussical

Concert Selections are original Broadway orchestrations and exciting new symphonic arrangements of select songs for use in concert performances. Concert Selections are the perfect way to give audiences a taste of the musical theatre experience without the sets, props and costumes.

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  • OH, THE THINGS YOU CAN THINK (FEM)
    From
    SEUSSICAL
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Arranged for
    1 FEMALE VOICE, CHORUS
    Starting Key
    G
    Estimated duration
    5 min 51 sec
    Music by
    FLAHERTY, STEPHEN
    Lyrics by
    AHRENS, LYNN
    Orchestrated by
    BESTERMAN, DOUG
    Instrumentation
    5 Bass, 6 Cello, 7 Viola, 8 Violin 2, 9 Violin 1, Drums, 2 Percussion, 2 Guitars, Keyboard 1, Keyboard 2, Reed 1, Reed 2, Reed 3, Trombone, 20 Vocal Books, 2 Piano Conductor Scores
  • OH, THE THINGS YOU CAN THINK (MALE)
    From
    SEUSSICAL
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Arranged for
    1 MALE VOICE, CHORUS
    Starting Key
    C
    Estimated duration
    5 min 51 sec
    Music by
    FLAHERTY, STEPHEN
    Lyrics by
    AHRENS, LYNN
    Orchestrated by
    BESTERMAN, DOUG
    Instrumentation
    5 Bass, 6 Cello, 7 Viola, 8 Violin 2, 9 Violin 1, Drums, 2 Percussion, 2 Guitars, Keyboard 1, Keyboard 2, Reed 1, Reed 2, Reed 3, Trombone, 20 Vocal Books, 2 Piano Conductor Scores
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Questions & Answers

July 22, 2016
The Shawnee Summer Theatre of Greene County in Bloomfield, IN is doing an illegal presentation of Seussical the Musical on Monday, July 25th without purchasing any rights to perform the show to try and raise money for the theatre. They are selling tickets.
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June 28, 2016
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January 16, 2016
Hi. My colleagues and I in our musical group were thinking of this musical for our group but I was wondering could you tell me the price it would cost for the royalties and the scripts etc? Also is there any resource for backing tracks to play behind the singers?
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July 02, 2012
We are casting horton at our school and we wanted to know when you cast horton what do you look for in the way they sing act look?
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How to cast Horton
March 10, 2010
Ok...do to a lack of boys in my Junior High program I had to cast a female in the role of JoJo in Seussical Jr. Now, I have everything worked out and it works...except for one line in the People vs Horton that originally reads "Now just for a moment young Jojo looked grim, the fate of the whos rested squarely on him."Has anyone else been in this situation? What did you change the line to? Obviously the rhyme sceme is off if I just change him to her. I have all of the other gender references changed, but this one has me stumped. Any suggestions?
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Seussical with a Female JoJo
December 29, 2009
I would love to know what different instrumentations have been used successfully in Seussical. We are preparing to assemble our ensemble and we don't have a wealth of instrumentalists to draw from. What would you consider the basic ensemble and what would give you the best bang for your buck after that basic group? I would appreciate any information and advice!-Greg
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