As a fan of the Shrek books and movies, I was so excited when I heard that it was being made into a musical. Family friendly Broadway shows are one of the reasons that people return to the theatre again and again. A child’s first trip to see a show in Times Square is one that most will remember all of their lives.
As an adult, I was equally as happy to be able to see SHREK! The Musical on Broadway. It is a fun, high-energy show with a combination of laughs for kids and jokes for the rest of the audience. The fabulous cast (Brian D’Arcy James as Shrek and the Tony-Award winning Sutton Foster as Fiona) carried the story with amazing voices and hilarious musical comedy skills. An audience favorite was Lord Farquaad, played by Broadway veteran Chirstopher Sieber, who performed the entire show on his knees! Lord Farquaad is a short man who takes advantage of his power, and Mr. Seiber’s portrayal was so fun to watch. On knee pads with little fake legs attached to his own, he danced and hopped around the stage, even participating in a full-cast kick-line. The upbeat, catchy songs, along with the ambience of The Broadway Theatre, made for a magical evening!
The best part of the whole experience was going back to re-read the book and seeing just how far a great story can go!
Elizabeth Kerins studied at The Tisch School of Performing Arts in New York City. She is now a publicist for The Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group.