At 131 minutes, this over two-hour hilariously twisted musical follows the original story of Shrek as he meets (and rescues) Princess Fiona and a host of other twisted fairy tale characters. Fans of Donkey will not be disappointed either, as the fan favorite is along for the ride.
The Broadway Musical includes all our favorite characters from the original show, but is told through mostly musical scores. The show's 17 new songs will keep young and old alike singing along, and if you aren't amazed by the extremely detailed costumes (I don't know how they did it, but Pinocchio's legs really look like jointed wood).
Backstory: After an initial trial here in Seattle in 2008, Shrek the Musical became a Broadway Show. The original Broadway show won a Tony Award for Best Costume Design and was nominated in 8 categories. It was also nominated for a Grammy in the Best Musical Show Album category. The dvd was recorded in 2009 using most of the original Broadway cast.
Edition Reviewed: Blu-Ray/DVD - Review copy received for the purposes of sharing my review with you. All views expressed are mine, and I did not receive any financial compensation
About the DVD: (PR Synopsis)
The greatest fairy tale never told comes to life as never before in DreamWorks’ Shrek The Musical, the highly acclaimed Broadway production based on the smash-hit movie. Called a “triumph of comic imagination” (Elysa Gardner, USA Today) that “never stints on spectacle or laughs” (David Rooney, Variety), Shrek The Musical received eight 2009 Tony Award® nominations including Best Musical, winning Best Costume Design of a Musical (Tim Hatley) and received a Grammy Award® nomination for Best Musical Show Album.
Featuring a fantasic score of 17 all-new songs, Shrek The Musical was filmed on stage to capture the magic of a Broadway performance and stars an amazing celebrated cast including Brian d’Arcy James (Shrek), Sutton Foster (Fiona), Daniel Breaker (Donkey), Christopher Sieber (Lord Farquaad), and John Tartaglia (Pinocchio). The film was shot live on Broadway with 10 cameras and directed by Michael Warren. Now you can bring the magic of Broadway to your home and get the best seat in the house when the Deluxe Edition Blu-ray™ and DVD arrives on October 15th!
Fans can join in on the performance with sing along Shrek-tastic songs on the Deluxe Edition Blu-ray™ + DVD + Digital HD™ or single-disc DVD. And the Deluxe Edition Blu-ray™ goes even deeper into the fairytale’s journey, taking viewers behind-the-scenes to see how the show became a smash hit that “will make your heart dance.” (Cindy Adams, The New York Post).
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.
The musical is based on the story and characters from William Steig's book Shrek!, as well as the DreamWorks Animation film and 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 produced by DreamWorks Theatricals and Neal Street Productions, Ltd.
This musical is too great to not share, so I wanted to give you a snippet - here is one of the trailers for the movie:
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