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Stage adaptation with its own purpose,
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This review is from: Shrek the Musical [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
You could be forgiven for thinking that there would be little (if any) point to adapting such a well-known and loved film for the stage - but you'd be wrong. When this show opened, one review described it as an adaptation with 'real heart', and that's very true. This show gives back story to Shrek, Fiona, and Farquaad which enhances our understanding of those characters and their actions. The performances of Brian D'arcy James as Shrek, Christopher Sieber as Lord Farquaad, and Sutton Foster as Princess Fiona are outstanding - wonderful singing voices, but all three are excellent comedy actors. The show keeps a few choice lines and gags from the film, but really is its own entity. Certain things you can't imagine being recreated on stage are done cleverly - Fiona's transformations, the shortness of Farquaad - and in Farquaad's case tongue-in-cheek hilariously! Catchy songs, and a show the whole family can enjoy. The weak links for me are Donkey (the character who gets the least development from the film, and who's character here is just a bit TOO camp- more so than Daniel Sieber makes him sound on the CD) and Dragon (the puppet looks a bit ropey to me, and it didn't work for me actually SEEING the (3?!) vocalists on the stage). I understand they invested in a better Dragon puppet after the show ended it's initial Broadway run and went to having one off-stage vocalist, both of which I imagine worked better. But a belter of a show for me overall, and I'd highly recommend it!