Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Shrek in Trouble, Billy on Broadway & Simba in Vegas

It seems that all is not rosy in Far, Far Away. Following its Seattle run and prior to its Broadway bow November 8, Shrek the Musical will undergo some casting changes. As Donkey, Chester Gregory is out, replaced by recent Tony Award nominee Daniel Breaker (Passing Strange), while the Dragon has been "reconceived" as a chorus role. As a result, Kecia Lewis-Evans has left the production. Furthermore, rumor has it that a "show doctor" is in the house, not always a good sign for a show this big. The official opening date, December 14, will reportedly not be effected by these changes.

In other From Screen to Stage news of the day, Billy Elliot lands on Broadway tonight as it begins previews in preparation for its November 13 opening. As he did with the classic movie, Stephen Daldry directs, with music by Elton John and book and lyrics by Lee Hall. has an extensive article on the making of the musical.

And The Lion King will go where no other Disney show has gone before: Las Vegas. The Tony Award winning toon tuner, which will not be trimmed down like most Broadway transplants to Sin City, will begin April 20 (followed by a May 2 opening) at the Mandalay Bay, current home of Mamma Mia! The ABBA musical wraps up its six year run January 4.

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