By Andrew Gans
13 Jul 2010
The cast also features Haven Burton (Shrek, Legally Blonde) as Princess Fiona, Todd Buonopane (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Grease) as Lord Farquaad and Alan Mingo, Jr. (The Little Mermaid, Rent) as Donkey.
The company also includes JJoe Abraham, Kevin Boseman, Holly Ann Butler, Carrie Compere, Emily Cramer, Tyrone Davis, Jr., Sandra DeNise, David Foley, Aymee Garcia, Brian Gonzales, Justin Greer, Lisa Ho, Benjamin Howes, Madison Mullahey, Mara Newbery, Denny Paschall, Sarah Peak, Keven Quillon, Morgan Rose, Blakely Slaybaugh and David F.M. Vaughn.
Rob Ashford co-directs the tour with original Broadway director Jason Moore; choreographer is Josh Prince. The production includes revisions made since the Broadway run. Opening night is scheduled for July 25.
Shrek is billed as "an entirely new musical based on the story and characters from William Steig's book 'Shrek!,' as well as the DreamWorks Animation film."
Shrek the Musical played its final performance at the Broadway Theatre on Jan. 3, 2010, following 441 performances and 37 previews. The title role was created by Brian d'Arcy James, who co-starred opposite Tony winner Sutton Foster.
The musical, studded with R&B, jazz, rock, power ballads and old-fashioned show tunes, received eight 2009 Tony Award nominations including Best Musical, winning Best Costume Design of a Musical (Tim Hatley). The show also received three Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding Actor in a Musical (Brian d'Arcy James), Outstanding Set & Costume Design of a Musical (Tim Hatley); and four Outer Critics Circle Awards for Outstanding Actor in a Musical (Brian d'Arcy James), Outstanding Actress in a Musical (Sutton Foster), Outstanding Set & Costume Design (Tim Hatley).
Individual tickets are priced $25-$90; a select number of premium seats are also available. Tickets are available at all Broadway In Chicago Box Offices (24 W. Randolph St., 151 W. Randolph St. and 18 W. Monroe St.); the Broadway In Chicago Ticket Line at (800) 775-2000; all Ticketmaster retail locations (including Hot Tix and select Carson Pirie Scott, Coconuts and fye stores); and online at www.BroadwayInChicago.com.
For more information, visit www.ShrekTheMusical.com.