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And your ogre can sing: "Shrek: The Musical" takes the next giant, flatulent step towards Broadway tonight with its out-of-town world premiere in Seattle.
The adaptation of the DreamWorks children's movie stars Broadway vets Brian D'Arcy James ("Sweet Smell of Success," "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels") and Sutton Foster ("Young Frankenstein" and the VH-1 show "Flight of the Conchords"), with a book by David Lindsay-Abaire, is expected to siphon tourist dollars away from "The Little Mermaid" and other family faves, even if it falls flat on its green face. But the out-of-town tryout is crucial to developing the buzz that will fuel ticket sales--something "Young Frankenstein" never built last fall in its previews in Chicago.
"Shrek" runs through September 21 in the Emerald City and opens in New York in November. If you happen to be a Washingtonian who can get there, won't you drop us a line?
· Seattle Goes Green: Shrek the Musical Makes Premiere [Playbill]
· Can Shrek Sing? Broadway Finds Out This Fall [Jaunted]
· Broadway coverage [Jaunted]
Theatergoers in New York can't seem to get enough of large-scale adaptations of children's movies like "Mary Poppins" and "The Lion King." Dreamworks' star franchise "Shrek" will get the Broadway treatment this year, with the director of saucy smash "Avenue Q" behind the wheel.
The plot of the musical will roughly follow the first (and best) "Shrek" movie. Casting hasn't begun yet, but the show will open first in Seattle (also the out-of-town launch pad for "Young Frankenstein"
and "The Little Mermaid") in August, followed by an official Broadway bow in November.
We hear the Broadway Threatre, currently home to "The Color Purple," will be Shrek's new swampy lair... but that's just a rumor.