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September 12, 2023

What a Wonderful World - Jim Carrey As Horton Hears a Who

What a Wonderful World

Jim Carrey, who is well-known for his comedic acting in movies like Knocked Up, Bad Santa, and The Interview, voices the main character of Horton in this Dr. Seuss adaptation. He carries off the role with unabashed humor and charm, entertaining both children and adults alike.

The plot centers on Horton's endeavors to protect the Whos of Whoville, who live on a small speck of dust in the Jungle of Nool. It also features characters and scenarios from several other Dr. Seuss books, including the Butter Side Ups and Downers from The Butter Battle Book and Gertrude McFuzz from Green Eggs and Ham. The Cat in the Hat, as always, acts as narrator and devil's advocate on multiple occasions, keeping the show moving along.

Jojo McDodd is Ned and Sally's only son and tritagonist of the story. He is next in line to become mayor of Whoville, and his apathetic attitude reflects his fear of disappointing his father. However, Jojo is smart and resourceful, able to create what is essentially a giant instrument (the Symphonophone) with castaway items from Whoville.

Dan Fogler is the perfect actor to play Yummo, a huge monkey who leads the jungle animals in attacking and possibly cooking Horton because he doesn't believe him about the Whos on the clover. He convinces them to rethink their plans, and the act ends with a reprise of "How Lucky You Are." *In the Broadway production and 1st US National Tour, the role of Jojo was alternated between two actors.