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SHREK THE MUSICAL in Chicago Has A Brand New Baby Shrek

CHICAGO HAS A BRAND NEW BABY SHREK

SHREK THE MUSICAL

CHICAGOAN ERIC PETERSEN

‘SHREK’ FROM SHREK THE MUSICAL

AND WIFE LISA MORABITO PETERSEN

GIVE BIRTH TO BABY SOPHIA MARIE

CHICAGO (July 16, 2010) — After just two days of preview performances as the loveable green ogre ‘Shrek’ in SHREK THE MUSICAL, Chicagoan Eric Petersen and his wife Lisa Morabito Petersen proudly gave birth to their own beautiful baby.  Sophia Marie Petersen, weighing 8 lbs, 7 ounces and 20.5 inches long, was born at 5:12 p.m., Thursday, July 15, 2010 at Chicago’s Northwestern Memorial’s Prentice Women’s Hospital.

The proud parents and baby are happy and doing well.  It has been a whirlwind couple of weeks for them, as they relocated to Chicago for the opening of the National Tour, interviewed their new delivery doctor Patricia Katz, MD, all while Eric and company prepared the show for the official opening at the Cadillac Palace Theatre, Sunday, July 25th.  The pending event has given extra energy and excitement to the cast and crew as they shouldered the intensely grueling schedule required to open a tour.

Eric Petersen is a native of Carol Stream, Illinois, where he attended Glenbard North High School.  He received a BS in Theatre Performance from Bradley University in Peoria.  He joined the National tour of SHREK THE MUSICAL from the Broadway production.  He recently appeared as the socially challenged ‘Barfee’ in the National tour of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.  Lisa Morabito Petersen, also a performer, is from Winter Garden, Florida.

SHREK THE MUSICAL tells the story of a swamp-dwelling ogre who goes on a life-changing adventure to reclaim the deed to his land. Joined by a wise-cracking donkey, this unlikely hero fights a fearsome dragon, rescues a feisty princess and learns that real friendship and true love aren’t only found in fairy tales.

SHREK THE MUSICAL features a book and lyrics by Pulitzer Prize® winner David Lindsay-Abaire (Rabbit Hole), music by Olivier Award-winner Jeanine Tesori (Thoroughly Modern Millie,  Caroline, or Change), and is directed by Tony Award® nominee Jason Moore (Avenue Q) and Tony and Emmy Award-winner Rob Ashford (Thoroughly Modern Millie, Promises Promises).   SHREK THE MUSICAL has set and costume designs by Tony Award® winner Tim Hatley (Private Lives, Spamalot), lighting design by Olivier Award winner Hugh Vanstone (A Steady Rain), sound design by Peter Hylenski (Rock of Ages); choreography by Josh Prince, music supervision by Tim Weil, music direction by Andy Grobengieser, and orchestrations by Danny Troob & John Clancy.

SHREK THE MUSICAL was initiated when Sam Mendes, a big fan of the first Shrek film, suggested the idea of creating a musical to DreamWorks Animation’s Jeffrey Katzenberg around the time the second film was in production. The musical is produced by DreamWorks Theatricals (Bill Damaschke, President of DreamWorks Theatricals and Co-President of Production for DreamWorks Animation) and Neal Street Productions, Ltd. (principals Sam Mendes and Caro Newling).

Individual tickets to SHREK THE MUSICAL, playing now thru September 5th, are $25 – $90 and are on sale now.  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 www.BroadwayInChicago.com.  Groups of 10 or more should call (312) 977-1710.

The chart-topping original Broadway cast album for SHREK THE MUSICAL is available on Decca Broadway.

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For more information, visit www.ShrekTheMusical.com or www.BroadwayInChicago.com.  Join the award-winning Shrekster.com, the Official Fan community of Shrek The Musical delivering news, media and exclusive contests to fans of the Shrek Series and Shrek the Musical. Log in and join your city group for access to the most up to the date news, information and member’s only exclusive content form Shrek and Donkey’s first “whirlwind, big city adventure” across the country:  www.shrekster.com/chicago.

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

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.

 

 

SHREK THE MUSICAL Announces Casting for First National Tour

CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR

SHREK THE MUSICAL

FEATURING CHICAGOAN ERIC PETERSEN AS SHREK

CHICAGO (May 4, 2010) — Producers DreamWorks Theatricals and Neal Street Productions, Ltd. are thrilled to announce casting for SHREK THE MUSICAL. Native Chicagoan, Eric Petersen will lead the First National Tour cast as Shrek.  The Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning SHREK THE MUSICAL will launch its national tour in Chicago beginning July 13 at the Cadillac Palace Theatre (151 W. Randolph St.).  Tickets are currently on sale.

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SHREK THE MUSICAL Plays Final Record-Breaking Week on Broadway

SHREK THE MUSICAL®

PLAYS RECORD-BREAKING

FINAL WEEK ON BROADWAY

Grossing $1,387,597.50 for Week Ending January 3rd

www.ShrekTheMusical.com

 

SHREK THE MUSICAL®, the Tony Award®-winning production, played its final performance on Broadway at the Broadway Theatre on Sunday, January 3rd, 2010 following 441 performances and 37 previews. The show grossed a record-breaking $1,387,597.50 for its final week of performances on Broadway. SHREK THE MUSICAL® will launch a national tour at Chicago’s Cadillac Palace Theatre for a limited engagement, July 13 – September 5, 2010.

 

SHREK THE MUSICAL® features a book and lyrics by Pulitzer Prize® winner, David Lindsay-Abaire, music by Olivier Award-winner Jeanine Tesori, and is directed by Tony Award® nominee Jason Moore.

 

SHREK THE MUSICAL® is a new musical based on the story and characters from William Steig’s book Shrek!, as well as the DreamWorks Animation film Shrek, the first chapter of the Shrek movie series. The musical is produced by DreamWorks Theatricals (Bill Damaschke, President) and Neal Street Productions, Ltd (principals Sam Mendes and Caro Newling).

 

The Grammy Award-nominated cast recording is available on Decca Broadway.

 

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CHASE is the official card of SHREK THE MUSICAL®.

 

For more information, visit www.shrekthemusical.com

 

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Short Takes with SHREK THE MUSICAL’s Ben Crawford

 

Ben Crawford

Ben Crawford is currently starring as ‘Shrek’ in SHREK THE MUSICAL at the Broadway Theatre. We asked Ben a few questions and here are his answers along with a few extra bits of our own.       

         

       

       

       

1.What Broadway show, TV show and movie are you recommending to friends these days?      

Broadway: Hair       

TV Show: Hoarders” on A&E      

"Inglorious Basterds" poster

Movie: Inglorious Basterds       

       

       

      

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

    2.What’s your favorite Broadway show tune? Why?     

“The Beauty Is” from The Light in the Piazza.  I love Adam Guettel, and this song speaks to me- I think it displays Guettel’s talents perfectly.       

3.What’s the last song you downloaded to your iPod?       

Marcus Johnson‘s album A Smooth Jazz Christmas      

 [Here’s the link to the album on Amazon.com]       

 4.What’s your favorite NYC “hotspot”?        

Cafe Frida  368 Columbus between West 77th & West 78th. AMAZING Mexican food- & they create their own awesome drinks!   

Cafe Frida

5.What musical theatre character would you most like to be stranded with on a desert island? Why?     

Milky White from Into The Woods – cuz I’d probably get pretty hungry…     

    

       

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

   

SHREK THE MUSICAL is playing at the Broadway Theatre now through January 3, 2010. For more information on SHREK, CLICK HERE.   

Ben Crawford as 'Shrek.' Photo by Joan Marcus

Broadway Celebrates Thanksgiving on NBC & CBS THURS, NOV 27

BROADWAY CELEBRATES THANKSGIVING

CHECK OUT THE NBC & CBS THANKSGIVING PARADES

ON THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 27TH

Featuring Broadway’s Bye Bye Birdie, God of Carnage,

Ragtime & Shrek The Musical

 

Wake up this Thanksgiving holiday morning and catch Broadway shows featured during the NBC and CBS broadcast of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade.

 

BYE BYE BIRDIE star John Stamos and the Conrad Birdie Fan Club Girls will perform “Put on a Happy Face” live during the NBC “Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.”

For more information on BYE BYE BIRDIE, visit www.ByeByeBirdieonBroadway.com

 

GOD OF CARNAGE stars Christine Lahti and Jimmy Smits will be interviewed live from Times Square on the CBS “Thanksgiving Day Parade.”

For more information on GOD OF CARNAGE, visit www.GodofCarnage.com

 

On the CBS “Thanksgiving Day Parade,” the 40 member cast of the new Broadway production of RAGTIME will appropriately celebrate America on Thanksgiving when they perform “The Wheels of a Dream” and “Ragtime” in Battery Park against the backdrop of the historic landmarks that inspired the story – The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.

For more information on RAGTIME, visit www.RagtimeBroadway.com.

 

The cast of SHREK THE MUSICAL will perform “I’m a Believer” live from Macy’s during the NBC “Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.” SHREK THE MUSICAL plays through January 3, 2010 at the Broadway Theatre prior to the launch of a national tour in Chicago in July 2010.

For more information on SHREK THE MUSICAL, visit www.ShrekTheMusical.com

 

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