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SHREK THE MUSICAL To Premiere in London in May 2011

SHREK THE MUSICAL

TO PREMIERE IN LONDON’S WEST END IN MAY 2011

AT THE THEATRE ROYAL, DRURY LANE

 

www.ShrekTheMusical.co.uk

 

DreamWorks Theatricals and Neal Street Productions announced today that SHREK THE MUSICAL® will open at London’s Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in May 2011, with a press night on June 7, 2011. The new stage musical is based on the story and characters from William Steig’s book Shrek! and the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation feature film Shrek, the first chapter in the series of irreverent fairy tales.

 

The Anglo-American creative team is led by directors Jason Moore and Rob Ashford and includes David Lindsay-Abaire (Book and Lyrics), Jeanine Tesori (Music), Tim Hatley (Scenic, Costume and Puppet Design), Hugh Vanstone (Lighting Design), Peter Hylenski (Sound Design), and Josh Prince (Choreography).

 

Casting, performance dates, and box office details will be released soon.

 

Tickets will go on sale to the general public on October 1, 2010.

 

Register for priority booking and sign-up for our newsletter at www.shrekthemusical.co.uk SHREK THE MUSICAL® tells the story, loved by people of all ages, of the swamp-dwelling ogre who, in a faraway kingdom, embarks on a life-changing adventure in order to reclaim the deed to his land. Joined by a wise-cracking donkey who won’t shut up, this unlikely hero – not a handsome prince – fights a fearsome dragon, rescues the feisty Princess Fiona and learns that real friendship and true love aren’t only found in fairy tales. With all-new songs, and an old favorite in “I’m a Believer,” this spectacular stage musical brings to life the film’s cast of dysfunctional characters and the accompanying subversive fun.

 

SHREK THE MUSICAL® played on Broadway from December 2008 to January 2010 and was nominated for eight Tony Awards; winning Tim Hatley the Tony for Best Costume Design of a Musical. The original creative team has now re-assembled to stage the production with new songs and additional scenes. Currently in rehearsal, this production will tour 60 cities in the United States beginning in July 2010. The UK production will start rehearsals in London in early 2011.

 

SHREK THE MUSICAL® is DreamWorks Animation’s first theatre venture. The production was initiated when Sam Mendes, a fan of the first Shrek film, suggested the idea of creating a musical to DreamWorks Animation’s Jeffrey Katzenberg around the time that the second film (Shrek 2) was in production. The musical is produced by DreamWorks Theatricals (Bill Damaschke, president) and London-based Neal Street Productions (Caro Newling, producer).

 

DAVID LINDSAY-ABAIRE (Book and Lyrics) won the Pulitzer Prize in 2007 for his play Rabbit Hole, which also attracted five Tony nominations. He recently wrote the screenplay for a film version which stars Nicole Kidman (currently in post-production).

 

JEANINE TESORI (Music) won the Olivier Award for Caroline, or Change when it transferred to the National Theatre in London. The production received a Tony nomination for Best Musical; one of three Best Musical nominations for Tesori. She has written numerous songs for films which include Shrek The Third.

 

JASON MOORE (Director) directed Avenue Q in London. His Broadway credits include Avenue Q, Steel Magnolias and Jerry Springer: The Opera. He has also directed TV episodes of “Dawson’s Creek,” “One Tree Hill” and “Brothers and Sisters.”

 

ROB ASHFORD (Director) is an Associate Director of the Donmar Warehouse and recently directed A Streetcar Named Desire at the London venue. He choreographed Guys and Dolls, Evita and Thoroughly Modern Millie in the West End and his production of Promises, Promises is currently running on Broadway.

 

TIM HATLEY (Set & Costume Design) won the 2009 Tony Award for Shrek The Musical on Broadway and the 2002 Olivier Award for Humble Boy and Private Lives in the West End. He designed the Broadway and West End productions of Spamalot and his film credits include Stage Beauty, Closer and Notes on a Scandal.

 

HUGH VANSTONE (Lighting Design) has won three Olivier Awards for his work. He designed the lighting for God of Carnage, Mary Stuart, Boeing-Boeing, Spamalot and Bombay Dreams amongst other plays, musicals and operas in London, New York and around the world.

 

PETER HYLENSKI (Sound Design) was nominated for an Olivier Award for his sound design on Ragtime in the West End in 2003. He created the sound design for Walking With Dinosaurs and on Broadway he has worked on The Wedding Singer, Sweet Charity and Little Women.

 

JOSH PRINCE (Choreographer) made his Broadway debut as a Choreographer on Shrek The Musical and worked on movement for The Bridge Project productions at Brooklyn Academy of Music and the Old Vic.

 

www.shrekthemusical.co.uk

 

The final chapter in the feature film series, Shrek Forever After, is on general release in cinemas now and opens in the UK on July 2, 2010. www.shrek.com

 

 

DREAMWORKS THEATRICALS – PRODUCER

DreamWorks Theatricals was established in 2007 by DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. (Nasdaq: DWA) to produce stage productions based on its films and other original adapted works. DWA is devoted to producing high quality family entertainment though the use of computer-generated animation. DWA’s current and upcoming film slate includes Shrek Forever After, Megamind, Kung Fu Panda: The Kaboom of Doom and Puss In Boots. Past titles include How to Train Your Dragon, the Shrek and Madagascar film series, Monsters vs. Aliens and Kung Fu Panda. Shrek was the winner of the first-ever Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. Jeffrey Katzenberg serves as DWA’s CEO and was a co-founder of DreamWorks Studios in 1994. Bill Damaschke serves as president of DreamWorks Theatricals.

 

BILL DAMASCHKE – PRODUCER

Bill Damaschke is president of DreamWorks Theatricals and co-president of production at DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. He joined DreamWorks Studios in 1995 and has served in a variety of roles at the animation studio, including head of creative production and head of development. Damaschke served as producer of Shark Tale (nominated for Best Animated Feature Academy Award in 2004) and executive producer of Over The Hedge and Kung Fu Panda. He oversees the creative development of DWA’s film slate from inception to screen.

 

NEAL STREET PRODUCTIONS – PRODUCER, CARO NEWLING

Formed in 2003 by Sam Mendes, Caro Newling and Pippa Harris to produce film and theatre. Currently: The Bridge Project, Enron (West End), Red (Broadway). In development: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory with Warner Brothers Theatre Ventures Inc. Previously: Three Days of Rain (director Jamie Lloyd), The Vertical Hour (director Sam Mendes). Commissioned projects and premieres also include: The House of Special Purpose (director Howard Davies), All About My Mother (director Tom Cairns), The Hound of the Baskervilles (director Orla O’Loughlin), Days of Wine and Roses (director Peter Gill), Anna in the Tropics (director Indhu Rubasingham), Fuddy Meers (director Angus Jackson). West End/Broadway transfers 2006-9: Hamlet (director Michael Grandage), Mary Stuart (director Phyllida Lloyd) – from the Donmar Warehouse; Sunday in the Park with George (director Sam Buntrock) – from the Menier Chocolate Factory. Films: Stuart: A Life Backwards, Starter for Ten, Things We Lost in the Fire, Jarhead, Revolutionary Road, Away We Go.

 

WILLIAM STEIG – AUTHOR OF SHREK!

Named the ‘King of Cartoons’ by Newsweek, William Steig remains The New Yorker’s longest-running contributor with more than 1600 drawings and 117 covers to his name. He began writing and illustrating books for children at the age of 60. His work Sylvester and the Magic Pebble earned him the Caldecott Medal, the highest honour bestowed on children’s picture books, but it was the 1990 fairy tale Shrek! that ultimately brought him his largest audience by inspiring one of the most successful film franchises in motion picture history. William Steig wrote and illustrated children’s books up until the last year of his life and died in 2003 at the age of 95.

 

 

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