Exclusive World Premiere at ’s
Opens on Broadway Fall 2008
– ONCE upon a time in a land not so far, far away a new musical began its journey to Broadway.
DreamWorks Theatricals and Neal Street Productions, Ltd. have announced that SHREK THE MUSICAL will play an exclusive world premiere engagement at The in , , prior to opening on Broadway in the Fall of 2008. Preview performances will begin in early November at a theater to be announced.
SHREK THE MUSICAL is an entirely new musical based on the story and characters from book ’s as well as the !, film , the first chapter of the movie series.
SHREK THE MUSICAL features a book and lyrics by ® winner, David Lindsay-Abaire (Rabbit Hole), music by Jeanine Tesori (Olivier Award-winner for Caroline, or Change and three-time Tony Award® nominee), and is directed by Jason Moore, who staged the Tony Award®-winning Best Musical, Avenue Q.
SHREK THE MUSICAL is ’s first venture in legitimate theater. The production was initiated by Jeffrey Katzenberg, Chief Executive Officer of , and , who has a long-term relationship with DreamWorks. Mendes, a big fan of the first film, suggested the idea of creating a musical to DreamWorks’ Jeffrey Katzenberg around the time the second film was in production. The musical is being produced by DreamWorks Theatricals (Bill Damaschke , President) and Neal Street Productions, Ltd (principals and Caro Newling).
Other members of the SHREK THE MUSICAL creative team include Tony Award®-winning set and costume designer, Tim Hatley (Monty Python’s Spamalot, Private Lives, among others) and three-time Olivier Award-winning lighting designer, Hugh Vanstone, whose Broadway credits include Monty Python’s Spamalot, and Dreams, The Blue RoomArt.
The choreography is by newcomer Josh Prince, and Tim Weil (Rent) is serving as music director.
Casting and additional members of the creative team will be announced shortly.
“Without a doubt this will be the major event of David Armstrong, continuing, “What I am most excited about is the first class creative team that has been assembled for this production. These are some of the most talented and exciting artists working in the musical theater today. Once again our audience will have the opportunity to experience the creation of a new Broadway musical.” ’s theatrical season,” said Producing Artistic Director
“We are delighted that SHREK THE MUSICAL will play in prior to Broadway,” said Bill Damaschke, President of DreamWorks Theatricals. “ Seattle audiences are well known for their enthusiastic support of new work and their discerning taste. This, in addition to the experience and expertise of The team, provides us with a fantastic environment for the creation of our show.”
SHREK THE MUSICAL is based on a popular 1990 book by . The characters of , Donkey and Fiona, and the other inhabitants of “Far, Far Away” have been featured in three major animated films and a popular television special to date. The first feature film hit theaters in the summer of 2001, and went on to win the first-ever Academy Award® for Best Animated Feature. The 2004 sequel, , remains the third highest grossing movie of all time and highest grossing animated film of all time. The latest chapter of the story, , is the 2nd highest grossing film of 2007. , the recent ABC television special, was one of the most watched TV programs of 2007. the Halls
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