Most people are familiar with the 2001 Dreamworks feature film, Shrek. Just in case, it’s a sort of un-fairytale featuring a whole bunch of familiar fairytale characters. It also, of course, features Shrek, a green ogre and his friend, Donkey. When Shrek’s precious swampland is…well…swamped with unwanted fairytale creatures, he strikes a deal with the… Read More ›
Thanks to a pixilated prologue briefly depicting Shrek the seven-year-old ogre’s banishment to the swamp and Far, Far Away Princess Fiona’s exile to a remote castle guarded by a fire-breathing Dragon, fans of the 2001 Academy Award®-winning animated film “Shrek” and Broadway Series South and North Carolina Theatre patrons who have never seen the DreamWorks movie can enjoy “Shrek the Musical” equally, with its whimsical musical staging by NETworks Presentations, LLC national tour director Stephen Sposito and choreographer Chris Bailey.
Broadway Series South and the North Carolina Theatre are hosting a deluxe encore presentation of the Tony Award®-winning 2008 fractured fairy tale, “Shrek the Musical,” based on the 2001 Academy Award®-winning animated movie “Shrek,” on Nov. 27-Dec. 2 in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium. (“Shrek” made its Triangle debut on April 5-10, 2011 at the Durham Performing Arts Center.)
David F.M. Vaughn steals the show with his wonderfully wicked, mincing, menacing performance as Lord Farquaad, Shrek and Princess Fiona’s half-pint nemesis who cynically dispatches the ogre and his stalker-turned-sidekick Donkey to rescue Fiona from a spooky castle, surrounded by a moat of molten lava and guarded by a fierce fire-breathing Dragon.
“Shrek the Musical” stars Eric Petersen as the big, green, smelly, antisocial, swamp-dwelling ogre Shrek; Alan Mingo, Jr. as his smart-aleck sidekick and best friend Donkey; Haven Burton as Princess Fiona of Far, Far Away; and David F.M. Vaughn as the villainous Lord Farquaad, the nasty, brutish, and short ruler of Duloc.