By Adam Hetrick
10 Aug 2011
|Photo by Brinkhoff Mögenburg|
Based on the William Steig book and Dreamworks Animation Film, Shrek has music by Jeanine Tesori (Caroline, or Change; Violet) and book and lyrics by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Lindsay-Abaire (Rabbit Hole, Good People).
While the authors re-explored parts of the musical for the West End run, including a new opening number, the international stagings will reflect the U.S. national tour script. Music Theatre International licenses the property.
Shrek will simultaneously begin in Madrid and in Gdynia, Poland, on Sept. 1, with runs scheduled through 2012. Also planned are productions in Sao Paulo, Brazil, beginning in April 2012, as well as an Italian tour launching Aug. 31, 2012, in Pavia and a Paris engagement, which will play the holiday 2012 season, beginning Dec. 1, 2012.
Shrek opened on Broadway Dec. 14, 2008. It was originally co-directed by Tony Award nominee Jason Moore and Tony winner Rob Ashford, with choreography by Josh Prince. The team repeated their work for the current London production and U.S. national tour.