Seussical the Musical preview

As Seussical the Musical rolls into town, Victoria Bentley talks to one of its stars, Jordan Veloso, who plays JoJo


Cartoonist and writer Theodor Seuss Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss) published his first children’s book in 1937. His simple vocabulary, tongue-twisting rhymes and nonsensical stories have delighted countless children ever since. So we asked Seussical actor Jordan Veloso what next week’s musical will include. “The main story is Horton Hears a Who, where Horton meets the ‘Whos’, a village of people from Whoville who live on a speck of dust that Horton then places on a clover to look after, but none of the jungle animals believe him,” Veloso says. “All this is narrated by The Cat In The Hat.” Of course.

Characters from Horton Hatches the Egg, McElligot’s Pool, Yertle the Turtle, Green Eggs, I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew, Oh the Thinks You Can Think and The Grinch also appear in the show. Most of the actors are professionals who live in London and who relish the opportunity to play such characters here in Dubai. “Everyone loves Horton the Elephant, the loveable, slow and picked-on protagonist,” Veloso says. “He asks the children for lots of help along the way, so they can really connect to his hard and emotional journey through the story. And I think secretly we’d all love to play Mayzie La Bird or the Sour Kangaroo, they get brilliant numbers and costumes. But I’m pretty sure that JoJo is 100 percent everyone’s favourite… definitely!”
From Dhs135. October 29-30. Madinat Theatre, Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (04 366 6546).

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