Tuesday, October 19, 2004

'Shrek' will take on Broadway



Shrek, the tale of a lovable green ogre, was one of the biggest movies of the last several years. And its sequel was equally successful.

So what is left to conquer?

Broadway, says Sam Mendes, director of the Academy-Award-winning American Beauty and creative producer of the upcoming stage version of Shrek.

Workshops of the musical will be held sometime in 2005, said Mendes, whose Scamp Film and Theatre Ltd. will co-produce the musical along with DreamWorks, which did the movies. No date has been set for the Broadway opening.

Jason Moore, who directed the Tony-winning musical Avenue Q, is set to direct, while the book will be written by David Lindsay-Abaire, author of such offbeat comedies as Fuddy Meers and Wonder of the World. A composer and lyricist are to been named.

"I know that they (Moore and Lindsay-Abaire) and their chosen collaborators will come up with something that ... retains all the warmth, imagination and invention of the movies," Mendes said.




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