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    'Shrek: The Musical'

    'Shrek' role turns stage actor into
    an ogre
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    By Andrew Eccles, DreamWorks Theatricals
    Plenty of prosthetics:
    Brian D'Arcy James undergoes a fairytale transformation for Shrek: The Musical.


    Dream Works Theatricals
    Brian D'Arcy stars as Shrek in the Broadway version.




    By Elysa Gradner
    USA TODAY

    It's not easy being green, especially when you're swathed in makeup and saddled with prosthetics.
    Actor Brian d'Arcy James figures it took him about 2 hours and 15 minutes to make his first transformation into the title character of Shrek: The Musical.

    He has repeated that process "a handful of times" and is down to less than 2 hours. "We'll streamline it a bit more as we move forward," he says.

    The clock is ticking. Shrek begins a pre-Broadway run Thursday at 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle and officially opens there Sept. 10. Based on William Steig's children's book Shrek! and the first of the three DreamWorks animated films it inspired, the production then moves to New York to the Broadway Theatre to begin previews Nov. 8 in preparation for a Dec. 14 opening.

    To turn the boyishly handsome James into Steig's homely ogre, director Jason Moore enlisted veteran costume and scenic designer Tim Hatley, whose credits span film, opera and theater, including Monty Python's Spamalot.

    "Usually, my job is to give a sense of theatricality, not necessarily to copy" an adapted character's original traits to a T, Hatley says. "But Shrek is so known and loved that we realized we were fighting a losing battle."

    Any noticeable departure "would have left a lot of people disappointed, especially little people."
    Hatley's concerns were expressivity and practicality, in that order. "Even though Shrek is an ogre, there has to be an element of humanity," Moore says.

    Makeup designers Naomi Donne and Michael Marino used "film-quality prosthetics" to ensure James "has full control over his facial expressions," Hatley says.
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    Re: 'Shrek: The Musical'

    Posted: Thurs., Sep. 11, 2008, 11:51am PT

    Broadway Tryout

    Shrek the Musical

    (5th Avenue Theater, Seattle; 2,115 seats; $90 top)

    By LYNN JACOBSON
    Variety


    Brian d'Arcy James plays the big green guy as DreamWorks' 'Shrek'
    tuner tries out in Seattle before heading to Broadway.


    A DreamWorks Theatricals/Neal Street Prods. presentation of a musical in two acts with music by Jeanine Tesori, book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire, based on the DreamWorks Animation motion picture and the book by William Steig. Directed by Jason Moore. Music direction, Tim Weil. Choreography, Josh Prince.

    Princess Fiona - Sutton Foster
    Donkey - Chester Gregory
    Shrek - Brian d'Arcy James
    Dragon - Kecia Lewis-Evans
    Lord Farquaad - Christopher Sieber
    Pinocchio - John Tartaglia

    "Shrek the Musical," DreamWorks Theatricals’ first outing that’s now in tryouts at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theater, has got a lot in the plus column: a magical setting, a winning hero and heroine, a love-to-hate-him villain and some rollicking good pacing to kick off act two. It also has plenty of flaws, but none necessarily fatal; the creative team behind the tuner will keep working on the show, as well they should. Whether all this will come together in a fairy-tale happy ending will likely remain unclear until the show reaches New York’s Broadway theater Dec. 14.


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    Re: 'Shrek: The Musical'

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    Re: 'Shrek: The Musical'

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    He's cute without the green and plastic...

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    Re: 'Shrek: The Musical'

    I'm seeing Shrek in NYC on Tues. I can't wait!
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    Re: 'Shrek: The Musical'

    I would see this just for John Tartaglia. LOVE HIM!

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    Re: 'Shrek: The Musical'

    I forgot to post back. Shrek the Musical was really good! I really enjoyed it a lot. The show was easy to follow along to (even with all the new songs). The Fairytale creatures were really cute. I loved the music. I would definitely see it again.
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    Re: 'Shrek: The Musical'

    Is there a soundtrack available for this show yet? What I've heard of it I've really liked


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    Re: 'Shrek: The Musical'

    Quote Originally Posted by Kuzcochik View Post
    Is there a soundtrack available for this show yet? What I've heard of it I've really liked
    I've been checking, and so far can't find anything. I will be buying as soon as it is available.
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    Re: 'Shrek: The Musical'

    On Broadway, 'Shrek the Musical' is a gas, gas, gas

    Updated 2h 58m ago


    By Joan Marcus, AP
    Brian d'Arcy James is the lovable ogre Shrek,
    while Daniel Breaker plays his sidekick Donkey and
    Sutton Foster is his true love, Princess Fiona,
    in Shrek the Musical, now playing at the Broadway Theatre.

    By Elysa Gardner
    USA TODAY

    NEW YORK — If you don't think flatulence is funny, chances are you won't buy the theory that it also can be a means of seduction.

    Ah, well, your loss. Because when the stinky, cranky, altogether irresistible title character of Shrek the Musical (***out of four) falls in love, scatological humor inevitably is involved. And the romance is as poignant as the jokes are, well, pungent.

    Like other musical adaptations of hit films, Shrek, which opened Sunday at the Broadway Theatre, leans heavily on winking satire. There are the usual nods to more fully realized shows, from Gypsy to A Chorus Line, and Jeanine Tesori's blandly ingratiating score doesn't feature any songs you're likely to be humming 20 years from now.

    But Shrek, which draws from William Steig's book about a lovable ogre and the DreamWorks animated movie that it inspired, is nonetheless a triumph of comic imagination with a heart as big and warm as Santa's. It is the most ingeniously wacky, transcendently tasteless Broadway musical since The Producers, and more family-friendly than that gag-fest.

    Producers director/choreographer Susan Stroman's exhilarating work was an obvious reference point for Shrek director Jason Moore, who is gloriously abetted by set, costume and puppet designer Tim Hatley. There are tap-dancing rats, a female dragon with soulful eyes (and a throbbing libido) and, in human form, an array of drolly determined fairy-tale outcasts who share Shrek's quest to fit in without conforming.
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    Re: 'Shrek: The Musical'

    It looks like the cast album won't be out until March 3.
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    Re: 'Shrek: The Musical'

    i have tickets to see it next week and i cant wait!!!

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    Re: 'Shrek: The Musical'

    i just got back from new york and i saw Shrek the musical while i was there! i wasn't really sure what to expect from it because i had barely seen any pictures, and the only song that i heard was "I know its today." From the very beginning i was hooked on the show... the songs were very catchy surprisingly very good. the set was also very impressive! Sutton Foster is an amazing actress, and she did an excellent job in this role! the references to other broadway shows were hilarious!

    i would definitely recommend this show to everyone!!

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    Re: 'Shrek: The Musical'

    I'm going to see this in june for a school drama trip. I've been excited to for this musical ever since they cast Brain D'arcy james as shrek. He's been my favorite broadway actor since he was in andrew lippa's the wild party.

    I've seen clips of it and it looks amazing! I cannot wait for it!


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    Re: 'Shrek: The Musical'

    Shrek Company Will Record Original Cast Album Jan. 12; CD Due in March

    By Andrew Gans
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    09 Jan 2009

    Shrek stars Brian d'Arcy James and Sutton Foster
    photo by Joan Marcus (in costume) and Aubrey Reuben
    The cast of Shrek the Musical, which opened at the Broadway Theatre Dec. 14, will head into Legacy Studios in Manhattan Jan. 12 to record the original Jeanine Tesori-David Lindsay-Abaire score.

    Decca Broadway will release the Shrek CD in March 2009.
    Song titles include "Big Bright Beautiful World," "Story of My Life," "The Goodbye Song," "Don't Le Me Go," "I Know It's Today," "What's Up, Duloc?," "Travel Song," "Donkey Pot Pie," "This Is How a Dream Comes True," "Who I'd Be," "Morning Person," "I Think I Got You Beat," "The Ballad of Farquad," "Make a Move," "When Words Fail," "Morning Person" (Reprise), "Build a Wall," "Freak Flag" and "Big Bright Beautiful World" (Reprise).

    DreamWorks Theatricals is co-producing with Sam Mendes' Neal Street Productions Ltd.
    Playbill News: Shrek Company Will Record Original Cast Album Jan. 12; CD Due in March
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