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Grinch in Tampa to pitch ‘Grinchmas Wholiday Spectacular’ at Universal

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He’s a mean one, that Mr. Grinch. And his message is clear. Do away with Christmas, the Whos and all their Christmas cheer.

“All they do 24 hours a day is sing, talk about presents and decorate,” said the Grinch, poking fun at the warmhearted Whos, inhabitants of Whoville. “They make me crazy. I tell Max (his faithful dog), ‘Max, bring me my sedative, a giant hammer,’ and I bash myself in the brains, and I’m passed out for four hours, and I can still hear (the Whos) over and over again.”

With a few less than favorable comments about Christmas and Florida weather, the Grinch dropped by The Tampa Tribune newsroom Tuesday to tout himself and his “Grinchmas Wholiday Spectacular” at Universal Orlando Resort.

“It’s about me, baby, star power,” he boasted, stroking his green fur.

The Grinchmas show is based on Dr. Seuss’ beloved tale “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” It tells the story of how the mean ol’ Grinch is determined to stop the holiday celebration in Whoville. After he’s caught red-handed stealing presents by sweet Cindy Lou Who, he is surprised when the town responds to his thievery with song instead of bitterness. The Grinch begins to realize that Christmas “doesn’t come from a store,” and “maybe it means a little bit more.” The Grinch’s heart, which is “two sizes too small,” begins to grow.

“When your heart starts to grow, it feels like a hot dagger being stabbed into my chest, like a hot steel poker,” said the bitter green one. “Maybe my heart will grow, maybe not. I guess you’ll have to come find out.”

One thing is for sure, he said his heart shrank the moment he arrived in Tampa.

“My heart has shrunk three more sizes in five minutes in this Florida weather,” complained the resident of snowy Mount Crumpit.

The “Grinchmas Wholiday Spectacular,” which features the Grinch and the Whos, an original musical score by Mannheim Steamroller and the Macy’s Holiday Parade, runs through Jan. 4 at Universal Orlando Resort. See www.UniversalOrlando.com/holidays for information on ticket prices and availability.

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