SHREK THE MUSICAL OPENS IN CHICAGO.
Tony-awarding winning SHREK THE MUSICAL takes the stage starting today at the Cadillac Palace Theatre. Not since “The Wizard of Oz” has a “children’s” musical captured the imagination of so many. The musical is based on the story and characters from William Steig’s book Shrek! as well as the DreamWorks Animation film Shrek. The musical Shrek retains the heart of the original story but adds a new dimension.
The traditional story, told in a non-traditional way features Shrek accompanied by a wise-craking Donkey who take off on a life-changing journey to reclaim the deed to his land. Along the way the unlikely pair encounter a cast of misfit fairy tale characters, fight a fearsome dragon, rescue a feisty princess and learn that real friendship and true love aren’t just the stuff of fairy tales.
ERIC PETERSEN AS SHREK.
The role of everyone’s favorite swamp-dwelling Ogre, Shrek, will be played by local actor Eric Petersen who joins the tour from the Broadway production. Petersen originally hails from Carol Stream, Illinois where he attended Western Trails Elementary, Stratford Junior High and Glenbard North High School. He attended Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois where he received a BS in Theatre Performance. Petersen recently appeared as the socially challenged Barfee in the National tour of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.”
OTHER CAST MEMBERS.
Haven Burton, also from the Broadway Company will play Princess Fiona. Haven previously played Margo, the Dog Whisperer on Broadway in “Legally Blonde.” Alan Mingo, Jr. is Shrek’s lovably annoying best friend Donkey. Mingo also starred on Broadway in “The Little Mermaid” and “Rent.” Todd Buonopane, who previously appeared in “Grease!” on Broadway, plays the vertically challenged villain Lord Farquaad.
The Broadway production of “Shrek the Musical” opened in December of 2008 and ran at the Broadway Theatre through January 3, 2010. It was nominated for eight 2009 Tony Awards, winning for Best Costume Design of a Musical.
TICKETS FOR THE CHICAGO SHREK.
Individual tickets to SHREK THE MUSICAL are $25 to $90. Tickets are available at all Broadway in Chicago Box Offices (24 W.Randolph St., 151 W. Randolph St. and 18 W. Monroe St.), Chicago Ticket Line at (800) 775 2000, Ticketmaster or Broadway in Chicago. Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph St. Through September 5.