2006 – Seussical the Musical

A lone red and white stripped hat sits upon a stool in the middle of an empty stage. A young boy appears and is drawn to it. Just then the Cat in the Hat appears and opens his mind to the wonders of imaginary thought with Oh the Thinks You Can Think. Within the song, we are introduced to a number of Suess characters that will come together to tell one story.

We start off in the Jungle of Nool, with Horton the Elephant. Horton is the only one in the Jungle of Nool that can hear the tiny pleas from a small speck of dust Horton Hears a Who He tries to tell everyone in the jungle about their plight, but they all make fun of him, especially the Sour Kangaroo Biggest Blame Fool. Gertrude McFuzz, a neighbor of Horton’s, sticks up for him, but nobody listens, not even Horton.

Meanwhile, Horton listens closer to the small speck of dust that he placed on a clover and listens to the cries of a tiny Mayor. Horton learns that there is a town in the small speck of dust called Whoville and the Mayor of Whoville is the one crying out to Horton. Here On Who  Horton vows to help them because “A persons a person, no matter who small.”  The Cat in the Hat then propels the boy into the world of JoJo Who, the son of the Mayor and Mrs. Mayor of Who. JoJo is always getting into trouble because of his “thinks” and his parents send him to bed early. But the Cat in the Hat has another idea Oh The Thinks You Can Think - Reprise and helps JoJo imagine that he is swimming in McElligot’s pool full of fantastical fish It’s Possible. However, his escapade is cut short when his parents interrupt him and scold him for flooding the house with water. The Mayor and his wife worry over their son and how to raise him How to Raise a Child Just then the Cat in the Hat comes in with a brochure to a military camp. They decide that this is the best way to discipline their son and in the morning they introduce him to General Genghis Kahn Schmitz The Military  JoJo goes off to the military and during his first night alone in his bunk he feels all alone in the universe, while, simultaneously, Horton who sits alone with his clover they both sing Alone in the Universe. They realize that they can hear each other sing and find comfort that their wild imaginations are alike.

Meanwhile, in another part of the jungle, Gertrude McFuzz just finished writing yet another love song for Horton The One Feather Tail of Miss Gertrude McFuzz She feels that Horton doesn’t notice her because her tail is so short. Just then Mayzie walks in and tells her of her story and her long luxurious tail Amayzing Mayzie and points Gertrude to Doctor Dake to take a few pills from his Pillberry bush to help her tail grow. Only Gertrude takes too many and her tail grows too long, however, Gertrude doesn’t see the problem with it and is happy with the result Amayzing Gertrude.

The Wickersham Brothers, monkeys, are up to no good Monkeying Around and they find Horton alone with his Whos. They tease him and steal his clover and Horton tries desperately to get them back. Chasing the Whos  The Wickersham brothers give the clover to a brasin eagle, Vlad Vladikoff who flies up high with them and drops them. As the Whos fall back down to Earth, the Cat in the Hat freezes them How Lucky You Are The Cat then unfreezes the action and the Whos fall into a dense clover field. Horton tries desperately to find them while Gertrude and her long tail come to see him Notice Me Horton but he is too busy trying to find his Whos so feeling rejected she leaves again.

We soon find Mayzie sitting on top of a tree looking very bored. How Lucky You Are - Reprise She convinces Horton to sit on the egg for her because she needs just a short break, he does, and she leaves him alone with the egg Horton Sits on the Egg  Seasons pass and Horton is still in the tree and he frets that he cannot find his friends when he is surrounded by hunters Horton’s Dilemma/The Hunters. The Cat freezes everything again and sends everyone out to intermission How Lucky You Are - Second Reprise.

When everyone returns the little boy is worried about Horton and the Whos and the Cat in the Hat returns him to the story where we find Horton being carried off by the hunters Egg, Nest and Tree. After a long journey across the ocean, Horton ends up in New York but is sold off to a circus. The Cat enters playing the part of McGurkus and tells of his wonderful circus with Horton as the main attraction The Circus McGurkus. The circus ends up in Palm Beach, just by coincidence it’s the same place Mayzie is vacationing. Mayzie in Palm Beach Horton pleas with her to take back her egg, but Mayzie convinces him that his is doing very well with the egg, he’s even successful since he is the main attraction in the circus because of it Amayzing Horton.  Horton reluctantly accepts the responsibility to keep the egg Alone in the Universe Reprise and as he sits on his egg pondering the fate of the tiny Whoville, he sings the egg a lullabye Solla Sellow, which is echoed by JoJo who is writing a letter to his parents and by the Mayor and his wife who are reading the letter. The next morning, General Schmitz and his military cadets head off to war to fight the ‘Butter Side Downers’ who eat their bread the wrong way Green Eggs and Ham II.  JoJo confronts the General about the ridiculousness of the war and quits, marching off in the direction of a minefield. We then hear an extremely loud explosion.

 In Whoville, the Christmas pageant is being led by the Grinch Into the Who’s Christmas Pageant/The Grinch Carved the Roast Beast when General Schmitz comes in and breaks the news that JoJo is feared to be dead A Message from the Front/Solla Sollew However the Cat quickly comes in after they leave to tell the audience that JoJo is fine, but he is confused and lost JoJo Alone in the Universe  JoJo blames the Cat for all of his troubles, but it is the Cat that points him in the right direction to his parents Havin’ a Hunch

Back at the circus, Gertrude finds Horton to rescue him and tells him about her tail and her long journey. All For You In the end of her song she also reveals that she has found Horton’s clover with Whoville on it. Horton finally sees how amazing Gertrude is and just when he’s about to talk to the Who’s again, the Sour Kangaroo with the Wickersham Brothers come in and make a citizen’s arrest on Horton because he talks to a speck of dust and sits on an egg People vs Horton the Elephant. Just before Judge Yertle the Turtle can sentence Horton to the Nool Asylum Horton pleas with the Whos to scream loud so everyone can hear. They try and they try but to no avail, until JoJo has a magnificient think , he created  a new word and screamed it   YOPP! And just with that, the jungle animals heard the cry from the tiny speck of dust on the clover. The animals rejoice and just then the egg that Horton has been sitting on hatches and an elephant bird comes out. Gertrude and Horton agree to raise it together Yopp!/Alone in the Universe  Everyone leaves the stage singing Oh The Thinks You Can Think Reprise. Only a white and red stripped hat remains.

Songs

Act 1 

  • Oh, The Thinks You Can Think! — The Company
  • Horton Hears A Who — Bird Girls, Horton the Elephant and Citizens of the Jungle of Nool
  • Biggest Blame Fool — Sour Kangaroo, Horton the Elephant, Wickersham Brothers, Bird Girls, Gertrude McFuzz, Mayzie LaBird, Citizens of the Jungle of Nool, Jojo, and The Cat in the Hat
  • Here On Who — The Mayor of Whoville, Mrs. Mayor, The Grinch, Whos and Horton the Elephant
  • Oh the Thinks You Can Think (Reprise) — The Cat in the Hat and Jojo
  • It’s Possible (In McElligot’s Pool) — JoJo, The Cat in the Hat and Fish
  • How To Raise A Child — The Mayor of Whoville and Mrs. Mayor
  • The Military — General Genghis Kahn Schmitz, The Mayor of Whoville, Mrs. Mayor, JoJo and Cadets
  • Alone In The Universe — Horton the Elephant and JoJo
  • The One Feather Tail of Miss Gertrude McFuzz — Gertrude McFuzz
  • Amayzing Mayzie — Mayzie LaBird, Gertrude McFuzz and Bird Girls
  • Amayzing Gertrude — Gertrude McFuzz, The Cat in the Hat and Bird Girls
  • Monkey Around — Wickersham Brothers, Horton the Elephant
  • Chasing the Whos — Horton the Elephant, Sour Kangaroo, Bird Girls, Wickersham Brothers, The Cat in the Hat, Vlad Vladikoff and Whos
  • How Lucky You Are — The Cat in the Hat
  • Notice Me, Horton — Gertrude McFuzz and Horton the Elephant
  • How Lucky You Are (Reprise) — Mayzie LaBird, Horton the Elephant and The Cat in the Hat
  • Act I Finale — Full Company
Act 2 

  • How Lucky You Are (Reprise) — The Cat in the Hat
  • Our Story Resumes — The Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, The Mayor of Whoville, Mrs. Mayor, JoJo, General Genghis Kahn Schmitz, Cadets, Gertrude McFuzz and Bird Girls
  • Egg, Nest, and Tree — Sour Kangaroo, Bird Girls, Wickersham Brothers, The Cat in the Hat, Cat’s Helpers and Hunters
  • The Circus McGurkus — The Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant and The Circus McGurkus Animals and Performers
  • The Circus on Tour — Horton the Elephant
  • Mayzie in Palm Beach — Mayzie LaBird, The Cat in the Hat and Horton the Elephant
  • Solla Sollew — Horton the Elephant, The Circus McGurkus Animals and Performers, The Mayor of Whoville, Mrs. Mayor and JoJo
  • The Whos’ Christmas Pageant — The Grinch and Whos
  • A Message From The Front — General Genghis Kahn Schmitz, The Mayor of Whoville, Mrs. Mayor and Cadets
  • Alone In The Universe (Reprise) — JoJo and Horton the Elephant
  • Havin’ a Hunch — The Cat in the Hat, JoJo and Cat’s Helpers
  • All For You — Gertrude McFuzz and Bird Girls
  • The People Versus Horton The Elephant — Horton the Elephant, Sour Kangaroo, Wickersham Brothers, Marshal of the Court, Judge Yertle the Turtle, Bird Girls, Gertrude McFuzz, The Mayor of Whoville, Mrs. Mayor, JoJo, Whos and The Cat in the Hat
  • Finale / Oh, the Thinks You Can Think! — Full Company
  • Curtain Call / Green Eggs And Ham — Full Company

Principal Characters

  • The Cat In The Hat, a mischievous cat who is the “narrator” of the story.
  • Horton, a kind, gentle and loyal elephant who believes that “a person’s a person, no matter how small.”
  • JoJo, an imaginative Who, the son of The Mayor and Mrs. Mayor, he often gets into trouble for thinking.
  • Gertrude McFuzz, the loyal bird-neighbor of Horton, she loves him.
  • Mayzie LaBird, a pompous and show-all bird who tells Gertrude to take pills so her tail will grow longer, forcing Horton to love her.
  • Sour Kangaroo, the brash kangaroo who tells all that Horton is a fool for thinking there are people living on a dustspeck.
  • The Mayor of Whoville, the Mayor of Whoville, the father of JoJo.
  • Mrs. Mayor, The Mayor’s wife, the mother of JoJo.
  • General Genghis Kahn Schmitz, the General of an army of cadets that The Mayor sends JoJo to.

Other Characters

  • The Bird Girls, a type of Greek Chorus of birds that are Mayzie’s friends.
  • The Wickersham Brothers, mischievous monkeys who steal Horton’s clover from him.
  • The Grinch, makes a small cameo in the song “Here On Who” as The Grinch.
  • Judge Yertle the Turtle, makes a small cameo in the trial scene, as the judge.
  • Vlad Vladicoff, a black-bottomed eagle who takes Horton’s clover.