Shrek the Musical 2008

Run Time:
2 hours and 30 minutes, with one intermission
Opened: December 14, 2008
Closing: January 03, 2010

Shrek the Musical - 2008 - Broadway History , Info & More

Fifth Avenue Theatre
13-08 5th Avenue Seattle, WA 98101

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 popular movie series. It features book and lyrics by Pulitzer Prize-winner David Lindsay-Abaire, and music by Jeanine Tesori. Jason Moore directs, with choreography by Josh Prince.



In order to regain his peaceful neighborhood, a fearsome ogre makes a deal with the wanna-be king to rescue his intended, a damsel in distress. But surprises are in store in this funny, fractured fairy tale.



The cast includes stars Tony Award nominee Brian d'Arcy James as Shrek, Tony Award winner Sutton Foster as Princess Fiona, Tony Award nominee Christopher Sieber as Lord Farquaad, Tony Award nominee Daniel Breaker as Donkey and Tony Award nominee John Tartaglia as Pinocchio.

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Photo Flashback: Ben Crawford is SHREK THE MUSICAL's 'Big, Bright & Beautiful' New Leading 'Ogre'
by Robert Diamond - January 3, 2010

Beginning November 10th, Ben Crawford has been performing the title role of ‘Shrek'. Crawford replaces Tony Award® nominee Brian d'Arcy James, who departed after the performance on Sunday, November 8th to appear in Manhattan Theatre Club's production of Time Stands Still.

Photo Flashback: SHREK THE MUSICAL Celebrates One Year on Broadway and Bids Star Brian d'Arcy James Farewell
by Robert Diamond - January 3, 2010

The cast and crew of SHREK THE MUSICAL, the Tony Award-winning production, celebrated the show's one year anniversary on Broadway with a reception on stage at the Broadway Theatre on Sunday, November 8th after the matinee performance. Cupcakes were provided to the cast by CRUMBS Bake Shop. The production also said goodbye to original 'SHREK' star Brian d'Arcy James who played his final performance in the title role yesterday as well.

BWW TV Flashback: Broadway Beat at SHREK's Opening Night
by Robert Diamond - January 3, 2010

Shrek The Musical - opened up on Sunday, December 14, 2008 and BroadwayWorld and Broadway Beat were at Opening Night to capture all the excitement!

SHREK THE MUSICAL to End Broadway Run on January 3; Tour Starts July 2010
by BWW News Desk - January 3, 2010

SHREK THE MUSICAL®, the Tony Award®-winning production, will play its final performance on Broadway at the Broadway Theatre (1681 Broadway) on Sunday, January 3rd, 2010 at 3:00 p.m. following 441 performances and 37 previews. SHREK THE MUSICAL® will launch a national tour at Chicago's Cadillac Palace Theatre for a limited engagement, July 13 - September 5, 2010.

STAGE TUBE: SHREK Performs on Thanksgiving Day Parade
by Robert Diamond - November 26, 2009

The magical procession returned to the Big Apple this November as the 83rd Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade kicks off the holiday season.

Photo Flash: Ben Crawford is SHREK THE MUSICAL's 'Big, Bright & Beautiful' New Leading 'Ogre'
by Robert Diamond - November 19, 2009

Beginning November 10th, Ben Crawford has been performing the title role of ‘Shrek'. Crawford replaces Tony Award® nominee Brian d'Arcy James, who departed after the performance on Sunday, November 8th to appear in Manhattan Theatre Club's production of Time Stands Still.

'SHREK THE MUSICAL' Welcomes Ben Crawford In The Title Role 11/10
by BWW News Desk - November 10, 2009

DreamWorks Theatricals & Neal Street Productions have announced that a new block of tickets are now available for SHREK THE MUSICAL. The award-winning hit new Broadway musical is now on sale through May 30, 2010. Beginning November 10th, Ben Crawford will perform the title role of ?Shrek'. Crawford replaces Tony Award® nominee Brian d'Arcy James, who departs after the performance on Sunday, November 8th to appear in Manhattan Theatre Club's production of Time Stands Still.

Photo Coverage: SHREK THE MUSICAL Celebrates One Year on Broadway and Bids Star Brian d'Arcy James Farewell
by Peter James Zielinski - November 9, 2009

The cast and crew of SHREK THE MUSICAL, the Tony Award-winning production, celebrated the show's one year anniversary on Broadway with a reception on stage at the Broadway Theatre on Sunday, November 8th after the matinee performance. Cupcakes were provided to the cast by CRUMBS Bake Shop. The production also said goodbye to original 'SHREK' star Brian d'Arcy James who played his final performance in the title role yesterday as well.

SHREK Celebrates 1st Broadway Anniversary, 11/8
by BWW News Desk - November 8, 2009

The cast and crew of SHREK THE MUSICAL®, the Tony Award®-winning production, will celebrate the show's one year anniversary on Broadway with a reception on stage at the Broadway Theatre today, Sunday, November 8th after the matinee performance. Cupcakes will be provided to the cast by CRUMBS Bake Shop.

SHREK THE MUSICAL Announces 'SHREKtoberfest'; Events Leading Up To 11/8
by BWW News Desk - November 8, 2009

SHREK THE MUSICAL is excited to announce 'SHREKtoberfest,' a month-long festival of 'OGRE-SIZED' events leading up to and celebrating the production's one year anniversary on Broadway on November 8th.

SHREK to Bump SISTER ACT and Play the Palladium in the West End?
by Jessica Lewis - November 6, 2009

Reports are circulating that Jeffrey Katzenburg, who runs Dreamworks Animation, has been looking around the London Palladium with the creative team of Shrek: The Musical.

SHREK Celebrates 1st Broadway Anniversary, 11/8
by Jessica Lewis - November 6, 2009

The cast and crew of SHREK THE MUSICAL®, the Tony Award®-winning production, will celebrate the show's one year anniversary on Broadway with a reception on stage at the Broadway Theatre on Sunday, November 8th after the matinee performance. Cupcakes will be provided to the cast by CRUMBS Bake Shop.

'We Plan to Monetize Shrek The Musical in Any Number of Ways' Says DreamWorks
by Robert Diamond - October 27, 2009

SHREK THE MUSICAL®, the Tony Award®-winning production, will play its final performance on Broadway at the Broadway Theatre (1681 Broadway) on Sunday, January 3rd, 2010 at 3:00 p.m. following 441 performances and 37 previews. SHREK THE MUSICAL® will launch a national tour at Chicago's Cadillac Palace Theatre for a limited engagement, July 13 - September 5, 2010.

DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg Comments on SHREK Closing
by Robert Diamond - October 21, 2009

SHREK THE MUSICAL®, the Tony Award®-winning production, will play its final performance on Broadway at the Broadway Theatre (1681 Broadway) on Sunday, January 3rd, 2010 at 3:00 p.m. following 441 performances and 37 previews. SHREK THE MUSICAL® will launch a national tour at Chicago's Cadillac Palace Theatre for a limited engagement, July 13 - September 5, 2010.

SHREK THE MUSICAL to End Broadway Run on January 3; Tour Starts July 2010
by Robert Diamond - October 21, 2009

SHREK THE MUSICAL®, the Tony Award®-winning production, will play its final performance on Broadway at the Broadway Theatre (1681 Broadway) on Sunday, January 3rd, 2010 at 3:00 p.m. following 441 performances and 37 previews. SHREK THE MUSICAL® will launch a national tour at Chicago's Cadillac Palace Theatre for a limited engagement, July 13 - September 5, 2010.

SHREK Originals to Play the Windy City?
by Rialto Chatter - October 16, 2009

In the Chicago Tribune yesterday, theater critic Chris Jones reports that Shrek originals Brian D'Arcy James (Shek), Sutton Foster (Princess Fiona) and Christopher Sieber (Lord Farquaad) are scheduled to attend a preview event later this month surrounding the announcement of the Shrek National Tour, reported to be kicking off at Chicago's Ford Center for the Performing Arts in June 2010.

SHREK THE MUSICAL Adds "I'm a Believer" to the Broadway Production
by Robert Diamond - September 30, 2009

Due to popular demand, the hit song "I'm a Believer" has been added to the smash Broadway musical, SHREK THE MUSICAL®. Since the musical opened on Broadway last year, an instrumental version of the classic 1960s song was played as patrons left the theatre. Now, beginning with the performance on Friday, October 2nd, the entire company will perform "I'm a Believer."

SHREK THE MUSICAL Announces 'SHREKtoberfest'; Events Leading Up To 11/8
by Gabrielle Sierra - September 24, 2009

SHREK THE MUSICAL is excited to announce 'SHREKtoberfest,' a month-long festival of 'OGRE-SIZED' events leading up to and celebrating the production's one year anniversary on Broadway on November 8th.

Believe in Happy Endings. Final Performance is January 3rd. Last chance to save 30% through December 23rd
by Jessica Lewis - September 22, 2009

SHREK THE MUSICAL invites audiences to take advantage of the all-new 'SHREKtoberfest' savings offer. Valid now through November 6th, get 40% off select performances. SHREKtoberfest will continue through December 20th, with a 30% discount available on select performances from November 7th - December 20th. SHREKtoberfest also features Wednesday talkbacks with the cast, free stuff and special offers on NYC attractions and dining!

Photo Coverage: SHREK THE MUSICAL's 'NOT YOUR ORDINARY PRINCESS' Winners Meet Sutton Foster...And The Press!
by Peter James Zielinski - September 18, 2009

The lucky winners were flown to New York to rehearse with Sutton Foster and members of the show's creative team, have a costume fitting, and appear in SHREK THE MUSICAL for one night only. The will be singing 'I Know It's Today' with Sutton Foster. The girls arrived to begin their rehearsal with Sutton Foster and music director, Eric Stern. Yesterday, Thursday, September 17th, BroadwayWorld.com's cameras were invited to come to the theatre to meet Laura and Hannah and capture their first meeting with Sutton Foster!

SHREK THE MUSICAL National Tour Will Debut An All New 'Dragon'
by Eddie Varley - September 12, 2009

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.

'Sing A Travel Song' With BWW Discounts On A 'SHREKcation' Thru 9/6
by BWW News Desk - September 6, 2009

SHREK THE MUSICAL invites families to avoid the stress of planning a summer vacation by taking advantage of a SHREKcation package, the new way to organize an affordable and memorable New York City getaway and experience the best of what the 'Big Apple' has to offer.

Shrek the Musical FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Overture/Big Bright Beautiful World
Story of My Life
Don't Let Me Go
What's Up, Duloc?
I Know It's Today
Travel Song
This is How a Dream Comes True
Who I'd Be
Morning Person
I Think I Got You Beat
The Ballad Of Farquaad
Make A Move
When Words Fail
Morning Person (Reprise)
Build a Wall
Freak Flag
This is Our Story (Big Bright Beautiful World Reprise)
Shrek the Musical has been nominated for several Tony Awards. These include Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical for David Lindsay-Abaire, Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre for Jeanine Tesori, and Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre for David Lindsay-Abaire.
Shrek the Musical has been nominated for several awards, including Outstanding New Broadway Musical by the Outer Critics Circle Awards. It has also received nominations for Outstanding Book of a Musical for David Lindsay-Abaire, Outstanding Costume Design for Tim Hatley, Outstanding Director of a Musical for Jason Moore, Outstanding Lyrics for David Lindsay-Abaire, Outstanding Music for Jeanine Tesori, Outstanding Orchestrations for Danny Troob, and Outstanding Set Design of a Musical for Tim Hatley at the Drama Desk Awards.
Shrek the Musical has won several awards, including Outstanding New Broadway Musical from the Outer Critics Circle Awards. It also won Outstanding Book of a Musical for David Lindsay-Abaire, Outstanding Costume Design for Tim Hatley, Outstanding Director of a Musical for Jason Moore, Outstanding Lyrics for David Lindsay-Abaire, Outstanding Music for Jeanine Tesori, Outstanding Orchestrations for Danny Troob, and Outstanding Set Design of a Musical for Tim Hatley, all from the Drama Desk Awards.

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