It’s a bird, it’s a plane… nope, it’s Shrek the Musical!
Personally, I’m a longtime fan of the Shrek franchise, and let’s just say that I had my doubts about this one. I did. But apparently it was a huge hit this summer in Seattle, where the show debuted. Here’s a taste:
And here’s Larry Osterman, who saw it in Seattle and predicts it will be a Broadway smash:
This show’s going to be BIG when it hits Broadway. I’m talking Hairspray big.
It’s one of the funniest shows I’ve seen in a really long time. The main characters are brilliant, and the writing is very funny.
One very nice touch in the show is that just as the movie of Shrek had lots of clever references to classic fairy tales, the musical version of Shrek is filled with clever references to other Broadway shows. For instance, there’s a scene where the fairy tale characters are all interviewed by Lord Farquaad (the villain). The characters all stand in a line on stage and Farquaad interviews them using the “G_d Mike” (as Daniel calls it). The characters then sing a clever song about how they want Farquaad to pick them. It’s a pastiche of A Chorus Line.
(Osterman’s commenters disagree, but he certainly seems sold….)
Previews begin on Broadway on November 8th, 2008. You can get ticket information online, if you’re so inclined.
And don’t forget—you have until Saturday to enter to win Teddy Ruxpin from Ty’s!