Directed by Jason Moore ( Avenue Q and the Carnegie Hall Jerry Springer — The Opera), the production will officially open at the Washington venue Sept. 10. Performances continue through Sept. 21.
Following its out-of-town tryout, Shrek will arrive at New York's Broadway Theatre Nov. 8 with an official opening scheduled for Dec. 14.
Brian d'Arcy James, the singing actor who was recently seen in the Off-Broadway musical Next to Normal, plays the title role of the lovable green ogre in the new musical with Cry-Baby's Chester Gregory II as Donkey, Avenue Q Tony nominee John Tartaglia as Pinocchio, Tony winner Sutton Foster ( Thoroughly Modern Millie, Young Frankenstein) as Princess Fiona, Christopher Sieber ( Monty Python's Spamalot) as Lord Farquaad and Kecia Lewis-Evans ( The Drowsy Chaperone) as the dragon.
The ensemble comprises Haven Burton ( Legally Blonde, Rent), Jennifer Cody ( Urinetown, The Pajama Game), Ben Crawford ( Les Misérables), Bobby Daye ( The Color Purple, The Lion King), Ryan Duncan ( Altar Boyz), Sarah Jane Everman ( The Apple Tree, Wicked), Aymee Garcia ( Avenue Q), Leah Greenhaus, Justin Greer ( The Producers), Lisa Ho ( A Chorus Line), Chris Hoch ( Spamalot, Die Mommie Die!), Danette Holden ( Jackie Mason's Laughing Room Only), Jacob Ming-Trent (Epic Theatre Center's Widowers' Houses), Carolyn Ockert-Haythe ( The Pajama Game, Wonderful Town), Marissa O'Donnell ( Annie in 30th anniversary tour of Annie), Denny Paschall ( Chicago, Beauty and the Beast), Greg Reuter ( Spamalot), Adam Riegler (York Theatre Company's I and Albert), Noah Rivera ( Wicked), Heather Jane Rolff ( Wanda's World), Jennifer Simard ( The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), Rachel Stern ( High Fidelity, Tarzan), Dennis Stowe ( The Apple Tree, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels), David F.M. Vaughn ( Doctor Doolittle national tour) and Keaton Whittaker.
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." Pulitzer Prize-winner David Lindsay-Abaire ( Rabbit Hole) penned the lyrics and libretto (based on the kid-lit character created by William Steig), and Tony Award nominee Jeanine Tesori ( Millie, Caroline, or Change) wrote the music.
DreamWorks Theatricals is co-producing with Sam Mendes' Neal Street Productions Ltd.
Tickets for the Seattle run are available by calling (206) 625-1900 or by visiting www.5thavenue.org. For Aug. 14-Sept. 9 performances, tickets are priced $25-$80; for Sept. 10-21 performances, tickets range $31-$90.
Tickets for the Broadway run are available by calling (212) 239-6200 or by visiting www.telecharge.com.
Visit www.shrekthemusical.com for more information.