SHREK THE MUSICAL National Tour Will Debut An All New 'Dragon'
Broadway In Chicago, along with producers DreamWorks Theatricals and Neal Street Productions, Ltd. announced that the ‘big fat hit'* Broadway production of SHREK THE MUSICAL with book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire and music by Jeanine Tesori, directed by Jason Moore, will launch a National Tour in Chicago. Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning, SHREK THE MUSICAL will play the Cadillac Palace Theatre (151 W. Randolph St.) for a limited engagement beginning July 13 - September 5, 2010.
Variety reports in an article about the upcoming touring season, that the SHREK tour will debut an all new "Dragon."
SHREK designer Tim Hatley revealed that, "The biggest change is the dragon. It will be a different creature from the puppet/soul trio on Broadway -- "I think we've finally gotten it right." To read the full article click here.
Tickets for SHREK THE MUSICAL will be available through the Broadway In Chicago Season Series to subscribers beginning Sunday, September 13, 2009 at 10 a.m. at www.BroadwayInChicago.com or by calling the Season Ticket Hotline at (312) 977-1717.
Tickets are now available for groups of 15 or more by calling (312) 977-1710 and to subscribers of the 2010 Broadway In Chicago Season Series. Individual tickets will be available to the general public in early 2010.
SHREK THE MUSICAL features a book and lyrics by Pulitzer Prize® winner David Lindsay-Abaire (Rabbit Hole), music by Olivier Award-winner Jeanine Tesori (Thoroughly Modern Millie; Caroline, or Change), and is directed by Tony Award® nominee Jason Moore (Avenue Q). SHREK THE MUSICAL has set and costume designs by Tony Award® winner Tim Hatley, lighting design by Olivier Award winner Hugh Vanstone, sound design by Peter Hylenski; choreography by Josh Prince, music direction by Tim Weil, and orchestrations by Danny Troob & John Clancy.
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 tells the story of a swamp-dwelling ogre who goes on a life-changing adventure to reclaim the deed to his land. Joined by a wise-cracking donkey, this unlikely hero fights a fearsome dragon, rescues a feisty princess and learns that real friendship and true love aren't only found in fairy tales.
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).
The chart-topping original Broadway cast album for SHREK THE MUSICAL is available on Decca Broadway.