Dance the night away with some of your favorite, if slightly odd, fairy tale characters at "Shrek the Musical." Photo by Joan Marcus

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Party with Shrek at the Community Center Theater

By From page B5 | September 26, 2011

DreamWorks Theatricals and NETworks Presentations LLC.  announce that “Shrek The Musical,” with book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire and music by Jeanine Tesori, is now playing at the Sacramento Community Center Theater, through Oct. 2.

Tickets are available by phone at (916) 557-1999 or (916) 801-5181, in person at The Community Center Theater box office at 1301 L St., Sacramento, The Wells Fargo Pavilion Box Office at 1419 H St., Sacramento, or online at Tickets.com.

An entirely new musical which opened on Broadway December 2009, “Shrek The Musical” is based on the story and characters from William Steig’s book “Shrek!,” as well as the DreamWorks Animation film “Shrek,” the first chapter of the Shrek movie series.

“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 role of everyone’s favorite swamp-dwelling ogre will be played by Lukas Post. Liz Shivenerwill play the feisty Princess Fiona. André Jordan is Shrek’s lovably annoying best friend, Donkey, and Merritt David Janes plays the vertically challenged villain, Lord Farquaad.

Rounding out the cast of misfit fairy tale characters, the peoples of Duloc and Far, Far Away are: Willie Dee, Annie Fitch, Susan Leilani Gearou, Kelly Teal Goyette, Alexa Kerner, Rachel Khutorsky, Schuyler Midgett, Lyonel Reneau, Adam Steiner, Erin Sullivan, Chase Todd, Sarah Tranchina, Nadia Vynnytsky, Ryan Everett Wood, Chris Woods, Luke Yellin, Ian Frazier, Mara Gabrielle, Ryan Rubek and Laura Smith.

“We are thrilled to send ‘Shrek The Musical’ to theatres across the country,” said Bill Damaschke, President of DreamWorks Theatricals, “and for American families to experience their favorite ogre and fairy tale creatures live on stage.”

“Shrek The Musical” features a book and lyrics by Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire (Rabbit Hole, Good People), music by Olivier Award-winner Jeanine Tesori (Thoroughly Modern Millie, Caroline, or Change). “Shrek The Musical” is directed by Stephen Sposito who recently served as associated director of the current Broadway revival, “How To Succeed In Business” starring Daniel Radcliff. Sets and costumes are based on the Tony Award winner designs by Tim Hatley (“Private Lives,” “Spamalot”) and Chris Bailey will recreate the original choreography by Josh Prince (“The Bridge Project,” “The Jerry Springer Opera”).

“Shrek The Musical” was initiated when Sam Mendes, a big fan of the first Shrek film, suggested the idea of creating a musical to DreamWorks Animation’s Jeffrey Katzenberg around the time the second film was in production. The musical is produced by NETworks Presentations, LLC.

The chart-topping original Broadway cast album for “Shrek The Musical” is available on Decca Broadway.

For more information visit BroadwaySacramento.com

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