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Steve Blanchard stepped into another furry character for the 2011 holiday season when he played the title character in San Diego's production of The Grinch Who Stole Christmas at the Old Globe.
The 2011 production introduces Broadway’s Steve Blanchard in his first Old Globe appearance in the title role, and what a tour-de-force performance it is. Deliciously dastardly, delightfully over-the-top, and cute as can be, Blanchard is a Grinch par excellence, and no more so than in the Fosse-esque number "One Of A Kind," a guaranteed show-stopper.
-Stage Scene LA

Blanchard, making his debut as the Grinch, is an inspired choice for the title role. He’s benignly menacing, sufficiently athletic and funny in ways that will delight all ages. Everyone else—even Max the dog, both young and old versions—is a straight man in this production. Blanchard manages to be sincerely grinchy while at the same time letting us all know—well, at least the adults in the theater— that he’s in on the joke.
- San Diego City Beat

Steve Blanchard's the new Grinch in town, and he's a hoot. He's nasty enough to inspire trepidation but establishes instant rapport with his audience. Direct addresses and snide asides cement that connection with laughter.
 - San Diego Reader


Steve Blanchard as the Grinch
Steve Blanchard as the Grinch 

 

Steve Blanchard in Whoville
Steve Blanchard with the citizens of Whoville

 

Blanchard takes the role from children’s caricature to empathetic character.  There’s something believable, even a bit political, when he explains his hatred of the excess of Christmas gifts and food. And even though you know it’s coming, you know that his heart will grow three sizes in the end, Blanchard’s toned-down delivery makes you believe it all over again.
- San Diego Union-Tribune

Blanchard played the Beast in "Disney's Beauty and the Beast" on Broadway for eight years, and he brings that powerful and dark presence to the role. He's huge (6-foot-3), has a rich, deep singing voice ---- and quite an impressive roar. He brings both a maturity and a slight menace to the role not seen before, and he adds an appropriate gruffness to his songs. Yet even if Blanchard's the meanest Grinch so far, he's also one of the funniest, particularly in his solo number "One of a Kind," his self-adoring belly-rubbing, and his interactions with Cindy-Lou Who, the tiny girl who melts his heart.
 - North County Times

 

Steve Blanchard as the Grinch aka Santa
Steve Blanchard


Broadway veteran Blanchard, new to the cast as the Grinch, puts his stamp on the part with his vamping of John Wayne and Elvis on the great vaudeville-inspired song “One Of A Kind” and the last-scene addition of the green giant blowing a fanciful Seussian shofar.
 - SDGLN

The Grinch is a character who could lend himself to varying shades of interpretation. Blanchard’s wide Broadway experience serves him well. His Grinch is mean without being overly scary; conniving, but not totally heartless; villainous, yet not hopeless.
 - LGBT Weekly

Steve Blanchard takes on the role for the first time and gives a new interpretation that finds him grumpier and more curmudgeonly than Grinches of late. Oh, the comedic shtick is still there, but this Grinch definitely emphasizes the moody, menacing side of the character as he schemes to ruin the Whos’ Christmas once and for all. He even sings with a growl.
 - The Daily Aztec

   

Steve Blanchard and Logan Lipton
Steve Blanchard and Logan Lipton

Steve Blanchard and Logan Lipton
Logan Lipton and Steve Blanchard

  

Steve Blanchard and Logan Lipton
Steve Blanchard and Logan Lipton

  

Steve Blanchard as the Grinch aka Santa
Steve Blanchard
Steve Blanchard and Remy Margaret Corbin
Steve Blanchard and Remy Margaret Corbin

 

Remy Margaret Corbin and Steve Blanchard
Remy Margaret Corbin and Steve Blanchard
Caitlin McAuliffe and Steve Blanchard
Caitlin McAuliffe and Steve Blanchard

 

Steve Blanchard,  Logan Lipton and the citizens of Whoville
Steve Blanchard,  Logan Lipton and the citizens of Whoville

   
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