"I tried to banish every preconceived opinion of Matthew Morrison playing the Grinch from my mind before flipping to Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch Musical! on NBC on Wednesday night," says Sonia Rao. "I tried to look past his tenure on Glee as Will Schuester, a character so dreadful he turned Morrison into a TikTok villain. Mostly, I tried to forget the Broadway alum recently compared his Grinch’s style of dancing to Joaquin Phoenix’s 'carefree and raw' performance on the steps in Joker. But, it turns out, that all adds spice to the Grinch viewing experience, an otherwise middling two hours directed by Julia Knowles. Taped at London’s Troubadour Theatre in lieu of a live broadcast, this attempt at the heartwarming tale makes the Grinch’s hatred of song and dance seem reasonable. Halfway through, you might find yourself advocating for the Whos to adopt his way of life."