“The Grinch Musical” Review: Matthew Morrison’s Performance on NBC


Hate Watchers had their thumbs tweeted ready on Wednesday as NBC rolled back the curtain Dr Seuss’ musical The Grinch. But was this production update for the 2006 Broadway show really the cringefest many have been waiting for? Let’s examine.

Of course, the sight of Matthew Morrison in the green skin and thicc physique of the iconic character was a bit shocking at first. But if you think about it, no plus things he does a little discordant? Some of us are old enough to remember the days when he inspired a whole group of high school students to master the art of twerk on Joy. And when he got caught having sex with that sheep Younger. And… wait, did we already mention Joy? Either way, it was a perfect fit for the brand for Morrison and we won’t hear a word about it.

That said, there’s no denying that that fourth moment of rupture in the first hour of the musical made us supremely uncomfortable:

Oh, there was also this:

As for the rest of the show, it was perfectly fine. Watch Denis O’Hare (american horror story) attempting to tone down its inherent intensity as the older version of the Grinch’s beloved hand dog was a journey, and Booboo Stewart (Julie and the ghosts) was endearing as always when playing O’Hare’s youngest counterpart. (But don’t take our word for it. ce tweet.)

The Whos were fun but time-honored, save for their enviable cotton candy hair and sick dance moves.

For the sake of those watching from home, the show – which was filmed at the Troubadour Theater in London – would likely have benefited from the chaotic energy of a live broadcast. Or the sound of an audience, at the very least. We understand that there’s a global pandemic going on, but if every terrible awards show this season included a virtual audience, you’d think a music production could get the same treatment.

But maybe we’re just smiles. what you do you think about NBC’s latest music event? Rate it in our poll below, then drop a comment with your full review.


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