An exclusive interview with the Grinch who stole Christmas

You really are a mean one, Mr. Grinch! And your answers prove it. As Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical makes its way to Philly for the holiday season, The Grinch himself took a brief moment to confirm what we knew all along; his heart is “two sizes too small” and he truly does despise Christmas. Fans of the classic Dr. Seuss story will get a chance to see Max the Dog, the Who’s, and of course, The Grinch, as he once again tries to destroy Christmas. Actor Philip Huffman inhabits this horrible character as the show makes a stop at the Merriam Theater December 19-29, 2018.

grinch_carousel2_1200x500Debra Danese: How did you come about living on top of Mount Crumpit?

The Grinch: Horrible real estate agent… DO YOU HEAR ME KAREN!!! YOU’LL PAY!!!

DD: What do you think is the biggest misconception people, or Whos, have about you?

TG: I prefer the misconceptions; it helps me in my attempts to freak people out.

DD: When and how did you and Max the Dog come to be together? Would you consider each other friends?

TG: I consider Max a stalker and a mega fan; he just followed me home one day and never left.

DD: What is your family like? Do you have any siblings?

TG: I don’t understand the question, what is a family and why would you ever think there could possibly be more of me?  Complete perfection can only be obtained once.

DD: What are some of your hobbies and favorite things to do?

TG: Crushing the dreams of children seems to be my hobby at the moment…. I think I’ll stick with that this season.

DD: What are you looking forward to seeing and doing in Philadelphia?

TG: Educating the locals on how horrid this whole holiday season is to celebrate.

[The Merriam Theater] December 19-29, 2018; kimmelcenter.org

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Debra Danese

Debra graduated with a degree in dance from the University of the Arts and also holds a B.A. in Arts Administration. She is accredited at the Master Level with the National Registry of Dance Educators. Debra has performed in Europe, Tokyo, Canada, and the Caribbean. She teaches and choreographs world-wide and has been an international guest artist in Switzerland, England, and Slovakia. Debra has been an Artist in Residence on five occasions in Norway where she showcased full length dance productions at the acclaimed Nordland Theatre. She has also presented an original dance production at the Elspe Festival in Germany. Debra has been featured in Dance, Dancer and Dance Teacher Magazines for her work in dance education. Additionally, she has been a contributing writer for Dance Studio Life Magazine since 2010.