Seussical The Musical is a musical based on the books of Dr. Seuss. The play’s story is a rather complex amalgamation of many of Seuss’s most famous books. Seussical opened on Broadway at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on November 30, 2000 and was directed by Frank Galati with choreography by Kathleen Marshall.
It closed on May 20, 2001 after 198 performances. After the Broadway run, the production spawned two US national tours and a UK tour. It has become a favorite for school, community and regional theatres.
The overarching plot of the show mirrors that of Horton Hears a Who!, centering on Horton the elephant’s endeavors to protect the people of Who-ville, who live on a tiny speck of dust. It also features characters and scenarios from many other Seuss books, including the Butter Side Uppers / Downers from The Butter Battle Book Gertrude McFuzz, and some characters that never made an appearance in any of Dr. Seuss’s books. The Cat in the Hat, an outside observer, acts as narrator and devil’s advocate throughout the show, briefly leaping into the action on several occasions to create conflict and keep the story moving.