Shrek The Musical!
Last week On October 15th, Shrek The Musical came alive on Blu-ray and DVD. Didn’t make it to see the show on Broadway, don’t fret. Now you can watch it from the convenience of your living room. Read on to learn more about how to create a magical Broadway re-creation in your own home with Shrek the Musical.
I recall watching the original Shrek and being unable to help but fall in love with the big Ogre. The storyline was a fairytale come true as Fiona, the princess, fell for the ugly guy. Sort of reminded me of Beauty and the Beast, but far better and funnier. I mean, who doesn’t love Donkey!!! I received a copy of Shrek The Musical, free of charge, for review purposes. Needless to say, movie night came a day early because we simply couldn’t wait to watch it!
Let me introduce you briefly to the cast of Shrek.
Bryan D’arcy James – Bryan plays the role of our beloved ogre Shrek.
Sutton Foster – brings to life the one and only Princess Fiona.
Christopher Sieber – Every story needs a villain and none is more villainous than Lord Farquaad.
Daniel Breaker- The character enjoyed equally by parents and their kids is Shrek’s smart tongued sidekick, Donkey.
John Tartaglia – What do Pinocchio, The Magic Mirror, Dragon Puppeteer all have in common? They are all John Tartaglia.
We really enjoyed watching our favorite animated characters come to life like magic! It was only myself and Em’s at home, so we grabbed some drinks and sippy cups, and had ourselves a girl’s movie night. Em’s is only 19 1/2 months old, so she couldn’t quite pick up on some of dear Donkey’s slick comments (thankfully). I on the other hand had some really good laughs. I was not surprised to see Em so captivated by the musical. She loves music and was dancing in her highchair like it was 1999. The music, costumes, makeup, cast and stage sets were all fantastic.
One of my greatest memories of my mom was her taking myself, and later on my niece, to Broadway shows and musicals. I always encourage my children to attend shows with me. I enjoy watching them grow and become cultured. Living in Miami now, just heading out to a Broadway show isn’t so simple. I am so glad that the musical was captured on DVD prior to the show ending. The actors played their parts to perfection and entertained us through dinner. Yes we had dinner and a show! Re-invent movie night and try something new and different.
What are the critics saying?
The greatest fairy tale never told comes to life as never before in SHREK THE MUSICAL, the highly acclaimed Broadway production based on the smash-hit movie. Called a “triumph of comic imagination” (Elysa Gardner, USA Today) that “never stints on spectacle or laughs” (David Rooney, Variety), SHREK THE MUSICAL received eight 2009 Tony Award nominations including Best Musical. Featuring a fantastic score of 17 all-new songs, along with unforgettable characters and outrageous humor, it’s ogre-sized fun for the whole family!
Here are some tips on how to make watching Shrek The Musical seems like you are on Broadway right from the comfort of your own living room.
Step One – Sight
No digital interpretation of the stage would be complete without a state-of-the-art projector that can produce an image of up to 150 inches. If a projector is too costly, a 40 inch television or larger will suffice to give the home audience the optimum visual experience.
Step Two – Sound
No ultimate living room entertainment set-up would be complete without a crisp surround sound system. With the ear being stimulated from 4 angles, the illusion of being immersed in a theatre can be achieved.
Step Three – Tickets Please
Why not design your own tickets to your show? Guests will have to show their tickets before entering the living room for example. German Shepherds dressed in tuxedos make excellent ushers too.
Step Four – Wow it’s Green in Here
With a simple purchase of green crepe paper attached to a range of living room light sources, a green filtered glow will engulf the room to create a wonderfully Shrek-like ambience.
Step Five – ‘Curtain Call Ladies and Gentlemen!’
The anticipation of waiting for the famous theatrical curtains to trickle away is no doubt one of the fundamental experiences of going to the theatre. With a curtain rail, fabric and some sticky tape, your living room will mirror the Gershwin’s famous curtain call in no time.
Step Five: Intermission:
Why not engage in a 15-minute interval? Prepare a refreshing beverage for the adults and load up on the ice cream for the kids. Don’t forget those little wooden spoons for the upmost authenticity.
Step Six: Applause:
Don’t forget to clap along with the audience when something particularly amusing or impressive arises on screen. Booing and hissing at the respective villains may also prove effective. Please note, please do not throw your shows or any object at the screen for fear of damaging your precious TV set. Although all these tips may make you believe that you are in the theater, it’s not real remember.
I am sure you’ll love watching Shrek, Fiona and Donkey! I know we did!
Do you have a favorite Shrek character? Leave me a comment below letting us know who it is and why!
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