Shrek The Musical (2013)


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Shrek The Musical tells the story of a swamp-dwelling ogre who goes on a life-changing adventure to reclaim the deed to his land. Joined by a wise-cracking donkey, this unlikely hero fights a fearsome dragon, rescues a feisty princess and learns that real friendship and true love aren't only found in fairy tales.

Rating: PG
Genre: Musical & Performing Arts
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Written By: David Lindsay-Abaire
On DVD: Oct 15, 2013
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment


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All Critics (3)

Musical version is edgier, not as fun as animated movie.

Full Review… | July 8, 2014
Common Sense Media

The good-natured show...has a winningly inclusive spirit, a fantastical appeal, and a Vaudevillian comic showmanship that evoke The Wizard of Oz (surely a conscious inspiration). [Blu-ray]

Full Review… | October 31, 2013
Groucho Reviews

There are a few off-color lines, but those should fly right over the heads of youngsters who will be more intent on the costumes and stage action. In fact, I'd say that this musical will appeal mostly to families with younger children.

Full Review… | October 23, 2013
Movie Metropolis

Audience Reviews for Shrek The Musical


"Shrek the Musical" is awesome and this new DVD release brings Broadway to your living room. While nothing can ever match the original computer animated film, this stage version comes close. It's the same enchanting story (or parody of Disney, depending on how you look at it) with new songs and gags that will keep you rolling on the floor. The movie gives the impression that it would be impossible to translate it to the stage, but that just makes the special effects all the more fantastic. With the original Broadway cast at the helm, the acting and singing is a real treat to watch. Brian d'Arcy James was born to play the role of Shrek and is easily the most lovable ogre you have ever seen. The best part of this film is Sutton Foster as Fiona. I never really developed an attachment to this character in the movie but she is just so cute that you have to love her. Daniel Breaker is great as Donkey but nothing can compare to Eddie Murphy. The costumes are amazing as Christopher Sieber is shrunk down to Farquad size, and I love the way that they did the Gingerbread Man and the magic mirror. If you haven't seen Shrek on stage, you need to see this film even if only to gain an appreciation for such a complex fairy tale can be brought to the live stage.

The idea of this as a stage musical has never sat well with me, because... well, the movie wasn't a musical, mostly. This took 45 minutes or so to get good, but by the end of it I was won over by most of the performances and the absolutely stunning set and effects. It will still never be my favorite musical, but I was definitely pleasantly surprised.

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