Wednesday, September 10, 2008

From Shrek to Stage

Seattle is going green tonight with the official opening of Shrek the Musical. Based on the Academy Award winning hit movie franchise, the new tuner will head to Broadway following its out-of-town try-out, which will close September 21; it will than arrive at New York's Broadway Theatre November 8 with an official opening scheduled for December 14.

Shrek the Musical stars Brian d'Arcy James (Tony Award nominee for Sweet Smell of Success) as the title ogre, Sutton Foster (Tony winner for Thoroughly Modern Millie) as Princess Fiona, Chester Gregory II (late of Cry-Baby and Tarzan) as Donkey, Christopher Sieber (Tony nominee for Monty Python's Spamalot) as Lord Farquaad, Kecia Lewis-Evans (The Drowsy Chaperone's Trix the (lesbian) Aviatrix) and John Tartaglia (Tony nominee for Avenue Q) as Pinocchio. Q's Tony nominated director Jason Moore directs (with an uncredited assist by Rob Ashford, Tony winning choreographer of Millie and Cry-Baby), with book and lyrics by Pulitzer Prize-winner David Lindsay-Abaire (Rabbit Hole) and music by Tony nominee Jeanine Tesori (Millie again).

Curiously, DreamWorks has ditched the previous show logo for the above rather phallic-looking one. Don't they remember that a similar instance got Disney's The Little Mermaid into trouble?

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