Wednesday, February 25, 2009

SHREK - the musical

Last Saturday Mr. Adam & I went to see the Dreamworks Broadway production of Shrek the Musical (thanks Michael).
So here it is in a nutshell. The show is good for kids under 10. Yup, I can't really say much more. It was adorable to see little boys & girls standing up whenever Shrek walked on stage. They really were mesmerized by the show. But the show itself spent SO much money on talent, costumes (which should win a Tony Award), set and stage - that they forgot to write good songs. Really, the songs are, at times, unbearable. I would say the first 2-3 songs of the show can be shortened or cut. And every ballad that Shrek sings in Act II must be cut. Too much and it's not carrying the story. The ticket for a show like this is around $120 per seat. How in God's name can people spend that kind of money for a children's show? As I said the cast was stunningly talented, but no amount of acting and/or vocal prowess can make this horrible score sing.
If you want a nice night out at a new show - go see Billy Elliot, and tell them ryan charisma sent you!



Blogger Todd HellsKitchen said...

I know a coupla cast members and you're right... Great talents... But is this really much more than Shrek on Ice w/o the ice?? Would kids care if they are lipsynching to a track eventually??

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