Ogre There! National Tour of Shrek the Musical Kicks Off July 13 in Chicago

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13 Jul 2010

<I>Shrek</i> star Eric Petersen with the Stanley Cup, which currently resides in Chicago
Shrek star Eric Petersen with the Stanley Cup, which currently resides in Chicago

Eric Petersen, who appeared as the socially challenged Barfee in the national tour of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, stars in the title role of the national tour of Shrek the Musical, which launches July 13 at the Cadillac Palace Theatre in Chicago.

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 — 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 and music by Olivier Award winner Jeanine Tesori.



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.