While it may push its kids-friendly premise to the limit, the Theatre Under the Stars production of Shrek: The Musical is still freak flag flying fun for the whole family.
The thing about the Shrek film franchise is they have always known just how far to push things, with even the longest of the four movies only 93 minutes long. In Shrek: The Musical however, David Lindsay-Abaire (lyrics and book) and Jeanine Tesori (music) have extended the story based on the first movie to the point where this production clocks in at a numb-bum three hours with intermission. No doubt its length was an attempt to justify the original $100+ Broadway ticket price tag, but where the films were created with youngsters in mind, this musical version does suffer from about as much bloat as one might expect from eating a couple of s’nothers.
Photo by Milan Radovanovic: members of the Theatre Under the Stars production of Shrek: The Musical.