Filmed Version of Broadway's Shrek Will Be Available in October

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20 Jul 2013

A filmed version of Broadway's Shrek the Musical, which played its final performance at the Broadway Theatre on Jan. 3, 2010, following 441 performances and 37 previews, will be available for viewing in October.



According to iTunes, the production, which stars Brian d'Arcy James, Daniel Breaker, Sutton Foster, Christopher Sieber, John Tartaglia and more, will be available for download in the beginning of October. Amazon.com says the DreamWorks Animation film will be available "in HD for playback on Kindle Fire HD, Xbox 360, PS3, Roku or other HD compatible devices" beginning Oct. 15.

Shrek 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 Jason Moore. Following a pre-Broadway engagement at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle, Shrek the Musical opened at the Broadway Theatre on Dec. 14, 2008.

Shrek the Musical is "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 first chapter of the Shrek movie series. The musical is produced by DreamWorks Theatricals (Bill Damaschke, President) and Neal Street Productions, Ltd (principals Sam Mendes and Caro Newling).

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).

The show "tells the story of a swamp-dwelling ogre who goes on a life-changing adventure to reclaim the deed to his land. Joined by a wise-cracking donkey, this unlikely hero fights a fearsome dragon, rescues a feisty princess and learns that real friendship and true love aren't only found in fairy tales."

Later in the run, Neil Diamond's "I'm a Believer" (from the film) was added to the curtain call.