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Shrek the Musical The happy surprise of this nimble stage adaptation is that it rarely stoops to mere enactment. Shrek the Musical takes off from the...Shrek the Musical The happy surprise of this nimble stage adaptation is that it rarely stoops to mere enactment. Shrek the Musical takes off from the...2009-02-06
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Shrek the Musical

Starring: Sutton Foster, Brian d'Arcy James; Director: Jason Moore; Author: David Lindsay-Abaire; Opening Date: 12/14/2008

The happy surprise of this nimble stage adaptation is that it rarely stoops to mere enactment. Shrek the Musical takes off from the first Shrek movie — following the spiky courtship of Shrek (a resplendently green-faced Brian D’Aroy James) and Fiona (the perfectly perky Sutton Foster) — in ways that make the show its own special breed of talking animal. Though Jeanine Tesori’s tunes can be more ho-hum than ”Heigh Ho,” Shrek achieves something rare in a movie retread: The stars and the stagecraft are almost bigger draws than the familiar story. (800-432-7250) B+