December 15, 2008

‘Shrek The Musical’ opens on Broadway

Shrek The Musical, starring Brian d'Arcy James as the titular ogre and Sutton Foster as Princess Fiona, opened on Broadway Sunday night.

Previews of the show began at The Broadway Theatre Nov. 8, following a pre-Broadway engagement at Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre Aug. 14-Sept. 21.

Shrek The Musical was inspired by William Steig's children's book and the animated movie Shrek. It features a book and lyrics by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Lindsay-Abaire and co-stars Christopher Sieber as Lord Farquaad, Daniel Breaker as Donkey and John Tartaglia as Pinocchio.

The BBC said Cameron Diaz, who has lent her voice to the character of Fiona in three Shrek flicks, was among the stars who turned out for the musical's opening night in New York.

Asked if she would ever consider playing Fiona on stage, Diaz told the British broadcaster: No, absolutely not. What they do up there ... is, to me, impossible. It's wonderful, though. It's great to see all of the actors playing it together because when we do it for the animated (films) we never see each other. We never get to work with one another -- we all record separately and then they put it all together so you don't really get the dynamics and chemistry that you get with other actors ... it's a lot of fun to watch.

Ben Stiller and Joan Rivers also attended the musical's opening performance, the BBC said.