World Premiere of ‘Grumpy Monkey, The Musical’ Cast Announcement at Pasadena Playhouse

Published on Dec 6, 2023

Pasadena Playhouse has unveiled the stellar cast lineup for the world premiere of “Grumpy Monkey, The Musical,” slated to run from Feb. 3 through March 3, 2024.

Inspired by Suzanne and Max Lang’s book “Grumpy Monkey,” the production marks the Playhouse’s inaugural venture into family programming.

The musical adaptation, directed by Nina Meehan and featuring music and lyrics by Daniel Mertzlufft and Jacob Ryan Smith, will showcase a talented ensemble. Lead roles include Hao Feng, known for his appearances in Lifetime’s “Twisted Little Lies,” portraying Jim Panzee in his Pasadena Playhouse debut; and Marc Ginsburg, a seven-time Ovation Award Nominee, stepping into the role of Norman and excited to be back in Pasadena.

Kay Sibal, acclaimed for her performances in “Spring Awakening” at East West Players, takes on the character of Snake, while Ciarra Stroud, Frankie Zabilka, and Danny Holmberg round out the cast as Marabou, Lemur, and Understudy, respectively.

“Grumpy Monkey, The Musical” promises a delightful journey alongside Jim Panzee and friends as they navigate a day filled with adventures. Despite Jim’s reluctance for fun, the narrative, based on the #1 New York Times bestselling picture book by Suzanne Lang, touches on relatable emotions, making it a perfect treat for families and kids.

Suzanne and husband Max Lang, an accomplished animation director, are among the creative minds behind the production. Director Nina Meehan is an award-winning theater director and arts educator, while Daniel Mertzlufft and Jacob Ryan Smith, known for their viral musical creations, are responsible for the music and lyrics.

The production unfolds at the Porticos Art Space, located at 2033 E. Washington Blvd. in Pasadena.

For tickets and further information, visit or call (626) 356-7529.

Tickets will also be available at the Pasadena Playhouse Box Office at 39 S. El Molino Avenue.

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