Retooled Version of Shrek Heading to the West End; Michael Ball in Discussion for Title Role
19 Mar 2010
An extensively retooled version of Shrek – the Musical, which originally premiered on Broadway in 2008, is being planned for the West End.
According to a report in London's Daily Mail, Michael Ball is "in the early stages of negotiations to play the title role," which was originally played on Broadway by Brian d'Arcy James.
Co-producer Jeffrey Katzenberg, the DreamWorks Animation chief, is reported commenting that the "Shrek" films and DVDs have always been popular in the UK, and so the stage version is expected to follow suit. It is also reported that the book and score have been re-written since its Broadway premiere.
The producers, which also include Sam Mendes and Caro Newling's Neal Street Productions, have yet to secure a suitable theatre.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.