I was not sure what to expect when I sat down with my family to check out DreamWorks’ Shrek The Musical, which is part of the Fox Home Entertainment Holiday Collection. We are big fans of the original animated movie and the original sound track, so I was intrigued to see how they had brought this fantasy to stage. Right from the beginning, I liked how they captured the excitement of seeing a live show on Broadway with views of New York City at night, and theater patrons arriving at the theater with their tickets. When the curtain went up, the camera angles were amazing and gave a close up of the action, my daughter was immediately drawn into the performance. My husband and I were happy to see the irreverence and parody so central to the movie was alive and well in this production. We all laughed out loud many times while watching the show.
The new songs and strong performances added to the Shrek experience and allowed them to go a little deeper into some of the thematic elements inherent to the Shrek story. There were familiar scenes and some new scenes that were a nice surprise. If you are a fan of Shrek, and enjoy musical theater, you will enjoy checking out this new release.
Called a “triumph of comic imagination” (Elysa Gardner, USA Today) that “never stints on spectacle or laughs” (David Rooney, Variety), Shrek The Musical received eight 2009 Tony Award® nominations including Best Musical, winning Best Costume Design of a Musical (Tim Hatley) and received a Grammy Award® nomination for Best Musical Show Album.
Featuring a fantasic score of 17 all-new songs, Shrek The Musical was filmed on stage to capture the magic of a Broadway performance and stars an amazing celebrated cast including Brian d’Arcy James (Shrek), Sutton Foster (Fiona), Daniel Breaker (Donkey), Christopher Sieber (Lord Farquaad), and John Tartaglia (Pinocchio). The film was shot live on Broadway with 10 cameras and directed by Michael Warren.
Now you can bring the magic of Broadway to your home and get the best seat in the house when the Deluxe Edition Blu-ray™ and DVD arrives on October 15th!
Fans can join in on the performance with sing along Shrek-tastic songs on the Deluxe Edition Blu-ray™ + DVD + Digital HD™ or single-disc DVD. And the Deluxe Edition Blu-ray™ goes even deeper into the fairytale’s journey, taking viewers behind-the-scenes to see how the show became a smash hit that “will make your heart dance.” (Cindy Adams, The New York Post).
Shrek The Musical tells the story of a swamp-dwelling ogre who goes on a life-changing adventure to reclaim the deed to his land. Joined by a wise-cracking donkey, this unlikely hero fights a fearsome dragon, rescues a feisty princess and learns that real friendship and true love aren’t only found in fairy tales.
The musical is based on the story and characters from William Steig’s book Shrek!, as well as the DreamWorks Animation film and features a book and lyrics by Pulitzer Prize® winner, David Lindsay-Abaire, music by Olivier Award-winner Jeanine Tesori, and is directed by Tony Award® nominee Jason Moore. Shrek The Musical is produced by DreamWorks Theatricals and Neal Street Productions, Ltd.