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Inside Info on Shrek the Musical



 

Shrek the Musical appeals mostly to kids 6 and up, but middle-aged men also fall in love with the show on a regular basis (I have one of my own who can’t wait to go back!).

• It takes d’Arcy James about 40 minutes to get out of his costume and makeup after a performance. “I’m especially appreciative to the faithful who do stick around to meet me. I will say matinees are tough, because I don’t go out between shows and meet the kids,” he says. (Not a problem after a Sunday matinee, though – no evening show.)

• Oddly enough, even when he isn’t in his Shrek costume and makeup, kids recognize him at the stage door. But just in case, he’s always ready to speak in Shrek’s voice — and he’s pretty generous with his high-fives, too.

• The Shrek website is a terrific intro to the characters, the music, and the genuine fabulousness of the show (there’s even a Shrek puzzle). Visit it with your kids for an ogre-sized feast of giggles and grins. www.shrekthemusical.com.

• Twenty famous fairytale characters appear in Shrek: Pinocchio, the Sugar Plum Fairy, Gingy (the Gingerbread Man), the Shoemaker’s Elf, the Three Blind Mice, the Ugly Duckling, the Three Bears, the Big Bad Wolf, the Fairy Godmother, the Bluebird of Happiness, Peter Pan, the White Rabbit, the Wicked Witch, Humpty Dumpty, plus a Gnome and a Dwarf.



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Griffin Miller, Theatre Editor

Author: City Guide Theatre Editor Griffin Miller moved to New York to pursue an acting/writing career in the 1980s after graduating magna cum laude from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Since then, she has written for The New York Times, For the Bride, Hotels, and a number of other publications, mostly in the areas of travel and performance arts. She currently is the theatre editor for all NYMetroParents publications. An active member of The New York Travel Writers Association, she is also a playwright and award-winning collage artist. In addition, she sits on the board of The Lewis Carroll Society of North America. Griffin is married to Richard Sandomir, a reporter for The New York Times. See More

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