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Shrek the Musical is making its way to Australia in January 2020 and we couldn’t be more excited that this Broadway hit is finally headed our way.
Based on the 2001 DreamWorks film, Shrek tells the story of an unlikely hero, the ogre Shrek who, after finding his beloved swamp overrun by fairy tale characters who have been banished, makes a deal with evil ruler Lord Farquaad to rescue Princess Fiona, who Farquaad intends to marry, in order to get his swamp back. Shrek ends up falling for the princess but Fiona has an ogre-sized secret of her own.
Making its Broadway debut in 2008, the production was nominated for eight Tony awards and ran for over a year. With a new original score by Tony-winning composer Jeanine Tesori and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer David Lindsay-Abaire, this is a brilliant work backed by a beloved story.
The Australian cast will include Ben Mingay as Shrek, known for roles on both stage and screen including the Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera, Tommy DeVito in Jersey Boys and Billy in Dirty Dancing. His screen credits include Packed to the Rafters, Wonderland and of course House of Bond as Alan Bond.
Lucy Durack will play Princess Fiona, perhaps best known for her portrayal as Glinda/Galinda the good in the Australian premiere of Wicked and Elle Woods in Legally Blonde the Musical. Durack has since added multiple screen credits to her name including Sisters, Doctor Doctor, The Letdown, Now Add Honey, and Upper Middle Bogan.
Making a special appearance as the Dragon in Sydney will be the legendary former Queen of Pop, Marcia Hines. An Aria Hall of Famer and popular Australian Idol judge, Hines is no stranger to the stage, performing in the musical Hair at just 16 and most recently slaying it as ‘The Diva’ in Saturday Night Fever.
We can’t wait to fall in love with Shrek and donkey and the whole cast of fairy tale characters when Shrek the Musical arrives in January. If you’re as excited as we are for this Australian premiere tickets are on sale now via Ticketmaster.com.au