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Shrek the Musical

The production, which originally opened on Broadway in 2008, will bring its green-hued nostalgia to Brisbane in 2021.
By Sarah Ward
November 30, 2020
By Sarah Ward
November 30, 2020

Fancy reliving your childhood film favourites on the stage? That seems to be the current trend. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child did big business in Melbourne pre-pandemic, the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory musical took its golden tickets around the country, and now Shrek the Musical is bringing its all-singing, all-dancing version of the animated movie franchise to Brisbane's Lyric Theatre from Saturday, January 9, 2021 — after a COVID-19 delay, because it was originally supposed to hit QPAC in 2020.

Expect plenty of green when this Tony and Grammy award-nominated stage show finally heads our way, after first premiering on Broadway back in 2008. Since then, everyone's favourite ogre — originally voiced by Mike Myers — has sung his way through theatres in the UK, Asia Europe, Canada, Latin and South America, Israel and Scandinavia.

You know the story, of course — unless you somehow managed to miss the original 2001 Oscar-winning film, its sequels in 2004, 2007 and 2010, and the heap of spin-offs, shorts, TV specials and series that all followed. Based on the 1990 picture book Shrek!, the tale follows the reclusive but kindly titular figure who endeavours to rescue the feisty Princess Fiona from the the fairy tale-hating Lord Farquaad, all while trekking along with a talking Donkey sidekick.

Shrek lovers can expect a whopping 19 songs, an obvious colour scheme and plenty of other fairy tale references.

The 2021 Brisbane season runs through until Sunday, February 7 — with tickets on sale from 9am on Thursday, December 3, and a waitlist available beforehand.

Check out the trailer for the production's UK run below:

Image: Brian Geach.

Updated November 20, 2020.

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