What a show! It seemed like just about everyone, young and old came out to see everybody’s favorite big, green ogre at the opening night premiere of Shrek The Musical. This musical adaptation of DreamWorks Oscar winning box office hit proved to be a huge success as audience members left the theatre gushing over this hilarious and lighthearted performance. It’s clear that this new musical will be the talk of the kingdom, or at the very least Chicago.
“An entirely new musical, SHREK THE MUSICAL is based on the story and
characters from William Steig's book Shrek!, as well as the DreamWorks
Animation film Shrek, the first chapter of the Shrek movie series…
SHREK THE MUSICAL was initiated when Sam Mendes, a big fan of the first
Shrek film, suggested the idea of creating a musical to DreamWorks
Animation's Jeffrey Katzenberg around the time the second film was in
production. The musical is produced by DreamWorks Theatricals ( Bill
Damaschke, President of DreamWorks Theatricals and Co-President of
Production for DreamWorks Animation) and Neal Street Productions, Ltd.
(principals Sam Mendes and Caro Newling).”
This show tells the story of Shrek ( Eric Peterson), a lonely ogre who has exiled himself to a swamp in hopes that he will be left alone and not bothered by the other fairy tale characters living in The Land Far, Far Away. One day, much to his own dismay, he finds them moving onto his land, having been sent there by the tiny but evil Lord Farquaad ( David F.M Vaughn) The Lord happens to be looking for a princess to marry in order to fulfill his dream of becoming king. He chooses his match, Fiona ( Haven Burton), a beautiful princess who has spent her life locked in a tower. She too must marry in order to reverse the terrible curse that was once bestowed upon her; the transformation into a hideous ogre at sundown. Because her tower is guarded by a fire-breathing dragon ( Carrie Compere), Farquaad must select a contender to be her rescuer. This being the case, Shrek and Lord Farquaad strike a deal in which Shrek will rescue the princess in exchange for his land back. To accompany him on his quest is the lively and high-spirited Donkey ( Alan Mingo Jr), just the kind of unwelcome distraction he was trying to avoid. After a long and difficult journey, Shrek and Donkey finally reach the princesses tower where she is waiting for her knight in shining armor, little did she know that Shrek was anything but. Disappointed by her fate, Fiona, Shrek and Donkey venture home, on their way learning lessons of acceptance and that it’s what is on the inside that counts.
You will be amazed by master puppetry ( Kevin Boseman), wowed by upbeat dance numbers ( Justin Greer, Mara Newberry) and of course tickled by the witty and often crude humor.
As the Shrek is on its nation-wide tour, you only have a limited time to join in the fun! You won’t want to miss out on this musical phenomenon!
Individual tickets to SHREK THE MUSICAL are $25 - $90 and are on sale now.
Tickets are available at all Broadway In Chicago Box Offices (24 W.
Randolph St., 151 W. Randolph St. and 18 W. Monroe St.); the Broadway In
Chicago Ticket Line at (800) 775-2000; all Ticketmaster retail
locations (including Hot Tix and select Carson Pirie Scott, Coconuts and
fye stores); and online at www.BroadwayInChicago.com
Published on Dec 31, 1969