Shrek the Musical Adds "I'm a Believer" to Broadway Score

By Andrew Gans
30 Sep 2009

Brian d'Arcy James in Broadway's Shrek
Brian d'Arcy James in Broadway's Shrek
Photo by Joan Marcus

Neil Diamond's "I'm a Believer," which was featured in the 2001 "Shrek" film, will be added to the Broadway score of Shrek the Musical beginning Oct. 2.

"Since the musical opened on Broadway last year, an instrumental version of the classic 1960s song was played as patrons left the theatre. Now, beginning with the performance on Friday, October 2nd, the entire company will perform 'I'm a Believer,'" according to a Sept. 30 press announcement.

Composed by Diamond and recorded by The Monkees in 1966, the original single of "I'm a Believer" hit the number one spot on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart on Dec. 31, 1966, and remained there for seven weeks, becoming the biggest-selling record for all of 1967.

Shrek, which plays the Broadway Theatre, will celebrate its one-year anniversary Nov. 8. A "SHREKtoberfest," a month-long festival of events leading up to that date, will feature discounted tickets, talkbacks with cast members, giveaways and more; visit

Shrek stars Tony Award nominee Brian d'Arcy James as Shrek, Tony Award winner Sutton Foster as Princess Fiona, Tony Award nominee Christopher Sieber as Lord Farquaad, Tony Award nominee Daniel Breaker as Donkey and Robb Sapp as Pinocchio.

Shrek which is based on based on the story and characters from William Steig's book and the DreamWorks Animation film of the same name features a book and lyrics by Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire, music by Olivier Award winner Jeanine Tesori and direction by Tony Award nominee Moore.

Shrek, according to a press statement, "is an entirely new musical based on the story and characters from William Steig's book 'Shrek!,' as well as the DreamWorks Animation film."

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