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.)
Imagine what would happen if Jim Henson’s Muppets went rogue and were forcibly relocated from Sesame Street to a much less desirable neighborhood in an outer borough of the Big Apple, where they could stay up all night, talk dirty, and have unprotected puppet sex — in full view of an audience — and you have songwriters Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx’s basic concept for their wickedly funny 2003 Broadway musical “Avenue Q.”
The New York Times hailed “Avenue Q” as “a breakthrough musical of a very different stripe. Savvy, sassy and delicious!” and Entertainment Weekly claimed it was “one of the funniest shows you’re ever likely to see!”