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Shrek question

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jasonf
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joined:12/26/03
Shrek question
Posted: 1/4/14 at 01:58pm
We watched the show on streaming last night (actually liked it better than when I saw it in the theater several years ago). Anyway, during the song Freak Flag, didn't they wave a flag a la Les Miserables in the show? That wasn't in the video- strange since it looks like the original cast...

Or am I not remembering correctly...?
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CapnHook
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joined:5/12/03
Shrek question
Posted: 1/4/14 at 02:09pm
I, too, saw the show with a flag. Didn't the Tony Awards performance also include a flag?

SHREK is a show that continuously evolved after opening night, and even post-closing for the tour.
"The Spectacle has, indeed, an emotional attraction of its own, but, of all the parts, it is the least artistic, and connected least with the art of poetry. For the power of Tragedy, we may be sure, is felt even apart from representation and actors. Besides, the production of spectacular effects depends more on the art of the stage machinist than on that of the poet."
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kade.ivy
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joined:7/28/13
Shrek question
Posted: 1/4/14 at 02:42pm
That's interesting. I saw the show on tour, and they used a flag then (with an ogre spoof on the iconic Cosette image and all).
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trentsketch
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joined:6/25/09
Shrek question
Posted: 1/4/14 at 03:04pm
There are videos online with the flag, as well. As others have pointed out, the show did change after opening night and really changed on the tour. The licensed version of the show is the tour version and I swear the stage directions mentioned Les Mis during Freak Flag.
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gleek4114
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joined:5/24/13
Shrek question
Posted: 1/4/14 at 03:53pm
I wondered this too! I just assumed it was added to the tour.
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Littleshopofcarrie
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joined:12/9/12
Shrek question
Posted: 1/4/14 at 04:02pm
Saw the show later in the run and there ws no flag
bwayobsessed
Stand-by
joined:5/28/13
Shrek question
Posted: 1/4/14 at 06:20pm
Another example of how the show constantly changed: Dragon. I remember when I saw the show it was one woman but on the dvd recording there are three women. Then in the shows afterlife (west end) they even wrote a different song for her.
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DRSisLove
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joined:5/24/06
Shrek question
Posted: 1/4/14 at 06:22pm
I believe the dragon was changed from one woman to three between its Seattle run and Broadway run.
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darquegk
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joined:2/5/09
Shrek question
Posted: 1/4/14 at 06:30pm
The currently licensed version is not the tour anymore, but a revision to the tour materials. People who got the initial licensed materials for Shrek for perusal have been confused when the actual materials came in and did not match anymore.
mbelle46
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joined:12/17/13
Shrek question
Posted: 1/4/14 at 11:43pm
I am in a production of "shrek" right now and i know that the tour version is very different from the broadway. They cut "Donkey pot pie" and replaced it with "Forever". They also changed some lines in " Story of my life" and " Freak Flag". As for the flag, it might have been that for the movie they staged it differently to fit the screen.
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jasonf
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joined:12/26/03
Shrek question
Posted: 1/7/14 at 03:47pm
So then is the video of the Broadway production somewhere in the middle of the run?
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pli1018
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joined:4/16/07
Shrek question
Posted: 1/7/14 at 04:06pm
The show was recorded fall 2009, prior to Brian D'Arcy James early November departure. John Tartaglia also returned to the cast (he had left and was replaced by Rob Sapp). "I'm A Believer" hadn't been the curtain call for even a month when it was filmed. The show closed in January 2010, and all changes, ("Donkey Pot Pie"->"Forever", lyric changes, new dragon puppet, new choreography, etc) made their debut in the national tour.

In Seattle, the Dragon was played by one actress, (Kecia-Lewis Evans) and had two songs, but that was retooled for Broadway, where three female vocalists made up the voice. For all subsequent productions, the role of the Dragon returned to being a solo role, mainly consisting of the new song "Forever".

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Updated On: 1/7/14 at 04:06 PM