‘Shrek the Musical’ returns for holiday run

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It’s time to “Shrek the halls,” the world’s favorite green ogre returns in time for the holiday season when Shrek The Musical stomps back into town for a limited run from December 26 to January 4, 2015 at the Meralco Theater.

Shrek The Musical puts a twist on fairytales. Instead of a knight riding a noble steed, the 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. It recently had an acclaimed sell out run in Manila.

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 Shrek the Musical premiered in 2008 as the most expensive show ever produced on Broadway, it played for more than 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.

Rycharde Everley, who has played roles in Avenue Q and Spelling Bee returns as Shrek, with Shiela Valderama-Martinez as Princess Fiona, and Nyoy Volante as Donkey. The rest of the cast include Lorenz Martinez as Lord Farquaad, Nel Gomez plays Pinocchio, and Carla Guevara-Laforteza as the Dragon. The show is directed by Bobby Garcia.

Tickets are available at Ticketworld (891-9999).

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