PLAYBILL VIP SPOTLIGHT: Shrek the Musical, Re-Groomed Since Broadway, Gets High School Premiere

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02 Mar 2013

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A group of Wisconsin high school students involved in the Kenosha Unified School District Theatre Arts program are making a Broadway connection this week with the high school premiere of the 2008 Broadway production Shrek the Musical takes a look at the production as part of our new Spotlight series. Organizations across the country can now create an authentic Playbill as part of this new venture.

Based on the William Steig book and the DreamWorks Animation Film, Shrek has music by Tony Award nominee Jeanine Tesori (Caroline, or Change; Violet) and book and lyrics by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Lindsay-Abaire (Rabbit Hole, Good People).

The school production, which began performances Feb. 22 and concludes March 3 at Bradford High School, marks a new adventure in the life of Shrek, which has played London and a U.S. tour following its Broadway premiere. It ran for 478-performances at the Broadway Theatre.

View the KUSD Theatre Arts Playbill VIP for Shrek here. 

Following Broadway, Lindsay-Abaire and Tesori continued to refine their work on the musical, which is now reflected in the licensed version from Music Theatre International. Audiences can also expect a Theatre for Young Audiences and Broadway JR version of Shrek in the near future. 

"I think it happens a lot, historically – in your New York run – that you learn things and put them on tour," Tesori told "You run out of time eventually in New York. You need to hand it over to your cast at some point and stop making them crazy."

She continued, "The great thing about DreamWorks was that they kept allowing us to learn and to take what we learned and put it into the next production. The tour wasn't like London, and what we learned from Seattle to New York, to the tour, to London, we've put into the published form of Shrek, which I'm really proud of. I think it's turned out to be a really great show."


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