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Shrek The Musical
a Musical Comedy
CATEGORY : COMEDY MUSICAL
by Book & Lyrics - David Lindsay-Abaire; Music - Jeanine Tesori

COMPANY : Broadway Across America [WEBSITE]
VENUE : The Fabulous Fox [WEBSITE]
ID# 4025

SHOWING : April 26, 2011 - May 01, 2011

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

SHREK THE MUSICAL, based on the Oscar®-winning DreamWorks film that started it all, brings the hilarious story of everyone’s favorite ogre to life the stage.

In a faraway kingdom turned upside down, things get ugly when an unseemly ogre – not a handsome prince – shows up to rescue a feisty princess. Throw in a donkey who won’t shut up, a villain with a SHORT temper, a cookie with an attitude and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you’ve got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there’s one on hand… and his name is Shrek.

Featuring a terrific score of 19 all-new songs, big laughs, great dancing and breathtaking scenery, USA Today proclaims SHREK THE MUSICAL, “ALTOGETHER IRRESISTIBLE. A BIG FAT HIT!”

SHREK THE MUSICAL is part romance, part twisted fairy tale and all irreverent fun for everyone!


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REVIEWS

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Shrecch
by playgoer
Saturday, May 28, 2011
4.0
It's hard to miss with "Shrek the Musical." The movie provided a goofily pleasant storyline, and the costumes, scenery, and puppets by Tim Hatley add tremendous production values to the fairytale proceedings. The show zips along, entertaining all the way.

The book by David Lindsay-Abaire gets all the plot points across, never letting us forget the movie, but not slavishly imitating it. The major letdown I felt was in the music by Jeanine Tesori. I had heard and liked the score on CD and in vocal selections, but it fell somewhat flat in the theatre. The music keeps things moving, but it doesn't heighten the story the way it would in a truly outstanding musical. Consequently, all the elements are there, but "Shrek the Musical" doesn't hold together as a truly superior entertainment.

The performances are all good in the touring Broadway Across America cast. Of course, many of them are so completely costumed that you wouldn't recognize them in real life. That semi-anonymity helps maintain the illusion of the show, but doesn't give the audience anyone to truly take to heart. I did hear audience members chatter approvingly, though, when child, teen, and adult versions of Fiona gathered onstage for a trio ending Fiona's opening number.

There's a lot of cleverness onstage in "Shrek the Musical," and a lot of comedy. What is skimps on is heart. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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