Petersen, Burton and Mingo, Jr. Cast in Shrek Tour

News   Petersen, Burton and Mingo, Jr. Cast in Shrek Tour
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 the Musical, which launches July 13 at the Cadillac Palace Theatre in Chicago.

Eric Petersen
Eric Petersen

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.

Bill Damaschke, president of DreamWorks Theatricals, stated, "The touring cast is particularly strong, with several members joining from the Broadway company. We are delighted that the title character Shrek will be played by Chicago native Eric Petersen, who expects audiences full of friends and family throughout the run."

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, music by Olivier Award winner Jeanine Tesori and direction by Tony Award nominee Jason Moore.

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." 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

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