Shrek The Musical Reviews

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Broadway Theatre

1681 Broadway at 53rd Street

Two hours and 30 minutes, with one 15 minute intermission

December 14, 2008 (Open-ended Closed)

Broadway Musical

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Shrek, the green monster, is now to be seen on Broadway in a lavish musical version of the hit animated movie, Shrek, the first of the triology by DreamWorks. Based on the 1990 book by William Steg and the 2001 Oscar-winning animated film by Hollywood-based DreamWorks, Shrek on Broadway presents a unique, fairy-tale world and an emotionally driven story of an ogre who finds both love and friendship.

Shrek the Musical reviews has received an excellent response from children as well as adults. The theatrical version of the hit animated movie Shrek which was the first in the series of three by DreamWorks Animations has been running successfully in New York since December 14, 2008.

Based on a 1990 classic by cartoonist and author William Steg, Shrek the Musical takes the viewers into a fairytale world and depicts the emotional story of a green monster living in a swamp - of how he finds love and friendship. Joining Shrek on stage are a number of fantasy characters that include the ogre’s wisecracking friend Donkey, Princess Fiona, Lord Farquaad and a group of everybody’s favorite fairytale characters such as Pinocchio, the Three Little Pigs, Humpty Dumpty and Peter Pan. The theatre version provides the viewers more details about the various characters while maintaining the ireverant humor that forms part of the story.

As per Shrek the Musical Reviews, the play made its theatrical debut in Seattle in September last year and is currently running at Broadway. It has been directed by the young theater director Jason Moore of “Avenue Q’ fame. The script for the musical has been written by playwright David Lindsay-Abaire and is quite faithful to the classic written by Steig. This breathtaking musical has in fact over a dozen original songs composed in a variety of styles by Jeanine Tesorie.

Excellent performances by Brian d'Arcy James as Shrek, Daniel Breaker as Donkey, John Tartaglia as Pinocchio, Sutton Foster as Princess Fiona, Christopher Sieber as Lord Farquaad and Kecia Lewis-Evans as the dragon have managed to attract thousands of people to the show. So hurry up and grab the tickets of this hilarious musical on Broadway.

The Story, In Brief

Seattle Times theater critic Misha Berson says “Shrek the Musical" has a super-talented cast, charming songs and, despite some flaws, comes off as a musical full of heart. Told in a stop and go manner, the theatrical presentation begins with Shrek being thrown out of his house by his parents to venture into the Big Bright Beautiful World. The green monster accepts his fate and makes a swamp his home but his solitude gets disturbed when a number of fairytale creatures start encroaching on his property. These fairytale characters have been exiled from the Kingdom of Duloc by the order of Lord Farquaad who wishes to become the king and can do so by marrying Princess Fiona, locked in a castle. Here begins Shrek’s adventurous journey to rescue Princess Fiona who believes in fairytales and dreams of a brave knight who will rescue her, one day. En route to Duloc, romance blossoms between Shrek and Fiona who is cursed to be transformed each day on sunset into an ogress. Shrek the Musical Reviews are full of fun and excitement with some excellent songs and music that keep the viewers glued to their seats.

Colorful and breathtaking costume designs and set surroundings by Tim Hatley are excellent and add to the musical’s strengths rather than overwhelming the personalities of the actors or their characters. Do you wish to be a part of this adventurous and hilarious journey? If yes, grab your tickets for Shrek on Broadway, today.

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