• The green ogre comes alive on stage

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    Spend an unforgettable evening with a talking donkey, a lovestruck dragon, and everyone’s favorite green ogre when Shrek the Musical comes to Manila.

    Shrek the Musical, a song-and dance-filled stage adaptation of the Oscar-winning DreamWorks animated film, opens on September 19 and runs through October 12 at the Meralco Theater in Pasig City.

    With a funny twist on fairytales as we have come to know them, the story’s hero is Shrek, a swamp-dwelling ogre who befriends a wisecracking Donkey. And the Princess? She’s the slightly temperamental and neurotic Fiona.

    After Shrek rescues Fiona from a dragon-guarded tower, the two fall in love before she reveals there’s more to her than meets the eye. Other fairytale misfits join the madcap adventure in this colorful musical including a brave puppet named Pinocchio, a Gingerbread Man with an attitude and Three Blind Mice who channel their inner Dreamgirls.

    This entertaining, family-friendly show features a terrific score including the hit song “I’m A Believer!” The songs come from Jeanine Tesori, who wrote the music, and David Lindsay-Abaire, who wrote the book and lyrics.

    Shrek the Musical also draws from a 1990 children’s book by famed New Yorker cartoonist William Steig. Like the first 2001 Shrek film, the musical stays true to Steig’s fractured fairytale vision where dragons are friendly, swamps are better than castles, and the true hero isn’t handsome or noble but a grouchy-on-the-outside, tender-on-the-inside ogre who is more or less content with himself and his life in a swamp.

    After the musical premiered in 2008, it played for over a year and earned numerous Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations. It went on to become a hit musical in London’s West End and continues to tour the UK.

    Starring are Rycharde Everley as Shrek, Shiela Valderrama-Martinez as Princess Fiona, Nyoy Volante as Donkey, Jett Pangan as Lord Farquaad, Nel Gomez as Pinocchio and Carla Guevara-Laforteza as Dragon.

    It is directed by Bobby Garcia, choreography by Cecile Martinez, set design by Faust Peneyra, lighting design by Dong Calingacion, original Broadway and West End Costume Design by Olivier and Tony Award winner Tim Hatley.

    For tickets, call Ticket-world at 891-9999.

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