Avenue Q's Jason Moore directs the reading of Shrek, which features music by Tony Award winner Jeanine Tesori and a book and lyrics by recent Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire.
The cast, Playbill.com has learned, features comic Stephen Kramer Glickman in the title role with Robert L. Daye Jr. as Donkey, Celia Keenan-Bolger (Spelling Bee, Les Misérables) as Princess Fiona and Christopher Sieber (Spamalot, Triumph of Love) as Lord Farquaad.
As previously announced, Tony Award winner Tim Hatley (Private Lives, Spamalot) will handle sets and costumes while Tony-nominated Hugh Vanstone (Spamalot, Bombay Dreams) will cover lighting for the eventual full production of the musical.
Based on a William Steig children's book, the green ogre-with-a-heart character has been featured in "Shrek" and "Shrek 2"; the third chapter, "Shrek the Third," arrived in theatres in May.
DreamWorks Animation's first venture in legitimate theatre, the developing production was initiated by Jeffrey Katzenberg and Sam Mendes when the studio made a first-look deal with Mendes' producing entity, Neal Street Productions, Ltd.