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'Shrek The Musical' comes to town

by jmaloni
Thu, Nov 8th 2012 07:00 am

The Center for the Arts, University at Buffalo, welcomes "Shrek The Musical" on Thursday, Dec. 13, at 7:30 p.m., and Friday, Dec. 14, at 7:30 p.m. in the Mainstage Theatre (Center for the Arts, North Campus).

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 Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film "Shrek," the first chapter of the "Shrek" movie series.

"Shrek The Musical" brings the hilarious story of everyone's favorite swamp-dwelling ogre to life on stage. In a faraway fairy tale kingdom turned upside down, things get ugly when Shrek goes on an 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. With a terrific score of 19 all-new songs, more than a dozen hilarious supporting characters, big laughs, great dancing and breathtaking scenery, "Shrek The Musical" is part romance, part twisted fairy tale, and all irreverent fun for everyone.

"Shrek The Musical" features a book and lyrics by Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire ("Rabbit Hole," "Good People") and 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." Sets and costumes are based on the Tony Award winner designs by Tim Hatley.

Tickets for "Shrek The Musical" are available at the Center Box Office (weekdays) and tickets.com. To charge tickets, call 1-888-223-6000. For more information, call 716-645-2787 or visit www.ubcfa.org.

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