Rob Ashford to Co-Direct National Tour of Shrek
By Andrew Gans
Rob Ashford — a 2010 Tony nominee for his choreography of Promises, Promises, which he also directed — will share directing duties for the recently announced tour of Shrek the Musical with Jason Moore, who directed the Broadway production.
Eric Petersen, who recently appeared as the socially challenged Barfee in the national tour of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, will star in the title role of the national tour of Shrek, which launches July 13 at the Cadillac Palace Theatre in Chicago.
The cast will also feature Haven Burton (Shrek, Legally Blonde) as Princess Fiona and Alan Mingo, Jr. (The Little Mermaid, Rent) as Donkey.
The company will also include Joe Abraham, Holly Ann Butler, Carrie Compere, Emily Cramer, Tyrone Davis, Jr., Sandra DeNise, Aymee Garcia, Brian Gonzales, Justin Greer, Lisa Ho, Benjamin Howes, Mara Newbery, Denny Paschall, Sarah Peak, Morgan Rose, Blakely Slaybaugh and David F.M. Vaughn.
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, according to a press statement, "is an entirely new musical based on the story and characters from William Steig's book 'Shrek!,' as well as the DreamWorks Animation film."
Rob Ashford won the Best Choreography Tony Award for Thoroughly Modern Millie, and was also Tony-nominated for his choreography for The Wedding Singer, Curtains and Cry-Baby.
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.
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