Based on William Steig’s 1990 book and the wildly popular, Oscar-winning DreamWorks film, Shrek the Musical brings the hilarious story of everyone’s favorite ogre to life on stage. This Lively Arts Ovations! event, direct from Broadway, is a one-night-only performance on Monday, December 10, 2012, in Fisher Auditorium of the IUP Performing Arts Center, with a special early curtain time set for 7:00 p.m.
In a faraway kingdom turned upside down, things get ugly when an unseemly ogre—rather than your standard handsome prince--shows up to rescue a feisty princess. Throw in a donkey who won’t shut up, a villain with a “short” temper, a cookie with an attitude, and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits and you have the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. And his name is Shrek.
Shrek the Musical is part romance, part twisted fairy tale, and all irreverent family-friendly fun. A musical truly for all ages.
The show features Jeanine Tesori’s terrific score of 19 songs, hilarious lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire (winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Drama), great dancing choreographed by Josh Prince, and breathtaking scenery and costumes designed by the Drama Desk Award-winning Tim Hatley.
After a tryout run in Seattle, Shrek the Musical opened on Broadway in December 2008 and ran for over a year before closing in January 2010. The Broadway production won a Tony Award for best costume design and Drama Desk Awards for best outstanding actor in a musical (Brian d’Arcy James as Shrek), outstanding set design, and outstanding costume design.
This production was also nominated for a 2009 Grammy in best musical show album. National tours soon followed starting in 2010 with international productions in Israel, Poland, Spain, France, Italy, The Netherlands, Brazil, Philippines, Australia, Malaysia, and China.
Tickets are available in advance online at IUPTickets.com and range in price from only $12 to $35, significantly lower than ticket prices in Pittsburgh or other cities for he same production. Tickets can also be purchased during the day at the Hadley Union Building Box Office on campus or by calling them at 724-357-1313. Any seats remaining will be available at the door starting one hour before curtain, but advance purchase is highly recommended.
For more information, call the Lively Arts at 724-357-2787 (ARTS) or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Information is also available at iup.edu/livelyarts.
The Ovations! series is funded, in part, by the IUP Student Cooperative Association and a variety of grants and sponsorships. Additional funding is provided through individual contributions to the Lively Arts’ Premiere Club.
December 10, 20127:00 p.m.Fisher Auditorium, IUP Performing Arts Center
The entire family will be awed as everyone’s favorite ogre comes to life on stage. Throw in a feisty princess, a chatter-box donkey, a short villain, and an attitude-filled cookie, then surround that with other fairytale misfits and lots of song and dance, and you have a musical spectacular that will thrill any beast.
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