First Stage Presents ‘Shrek The Musical’
A Big Monster on a small stage
At the time of its Broadway premiere, it was one of the most expensive musicals ever to open. As a result, its relatively brief run was scarcely a success. Since then, a modified version has toured the country. What First Stage has that a touring production doesn’t is the ability to craft its staging specifically to the intimate space of the Todd Wehr Auditorium. Director Jeff Frank promises a Shrek carefully crafted specifically for that stage.
The reality and the humanity of the musical is brought that much closer to the audience in a show that has more than enough of a budget to look good onstage without getting lost in the sheer immensity of a huge Broadway-style production at a much, much larger venue. Thus, what started out as a humble, charming children’s book by an octogenarian and then became a big multi-media monster is now brought back to earth in a package that should have no trouble connecting with kids and adults alike.
First Stage’s Shrek The Musical runs Oct. 11-Nov. 17, at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, 929 N. Water St. For tickets, call 414-267-2961 or visit firststage.org.Theatre Happenings
In Tandem Theatre opens its season with the Wisconsin premier of M.E.H. Lewis’ South African drama Burying the Bones, Oct. 4- 27, at the Tenth Street Theatre, 628 N 10th St. For tickets, call 414-271-1371 or visit intandemtheatre.org.
Storyteller Theater of Milwaukee returns with another program of “spooky, family friendly campfire tales,” Zombie Jamboree: Graveyard Follies, Oct. 10-20, at St. Thomas More High School, 2601 E. Morgan Ave. Tickets are $10 at the door, or $5 for students and seniors.
TAGS: First Stage Children’s Theater, Shrek The Musical, Russ Bickerstaff, William Steig, Shrek!, Todd Wehr Auditorium, Jeff Frank, Marcus Center for the Performing Arts
TAGS Happenings: In Tandem Theatre, M.E.H. Lewis, Burying the Bones, apartheid, Tenth Street Theatre, Storyteller Theater of Milwaukee, Zombie Jamboree: Graveyard Follies, St. Thomas More High School, Russ Bickerstaff