SYNOPSIS - Shrek The Musical



SYNOPSIS - Shrek The Musical
Once Upon A Time there was a little ogre named Shrek
whose parents sat him down to tell him what all little ogres
are lovingly told on their seventh birthday – go away, and
don’t come back. That’s right, all ogres are destined to live
lonely, miserable lives being chased by torch-wielding
mobs who want to kill them. So the young Shrek set off,
and eventually found a patch of swampland far away from
the world that despised him. Many years pass, and the
little ogre grows into a very big ogre, who has learned to
love the solitude and privacy of his wonderfully stinky
swamp (Big Bright Beautiful World.) Unfortunately, Shrek’s
quiet little life is turned upside down when a pack of
distraught Fairy Tale Creatures are dumped on his precious
land. Pinocchio and his ragtag crew of pigs, witches and
bears, lament their sorry fate, and explain that they’ve
been banished from the Kingdom of Duloc by the evil Lord
Farquaad for being freakishly different from everyone else
(Story Of My Life.) Left with no choice, the grumpy ogre
sets off to give that egotistical zealot a piece of his mind,
and to hopefully get his swamp back, exactly as it was.
Shrek Meets Donkey
On his way to Duloc, Shrek manages to scare off an army of
Farquaad’s soldiers who are trying to capture a terrified
talking Donkey. Saved, Donkey takes an immediate liking
to our surly hero, and decides it’s his duty to escort Shrek
to Duloc. Shrek does everything in his power to lose the
annoying sidekick, but Donkey is persistent, unshakable,
and in desperate need of a best friend (Don’t Let Me Go.)
Meanwhile, Lord Farquaad discovers that he’ll never be
king unless he marries a princess. Gingy the gingerbread
man is forced to tell him about a beautiful damsel in a
far-off dragon-guarded tower. Farquaad vows to marry this
Princess Fiona…just as soon he can find someone to
rescue her on his behalf.
Princess in a Parapet
Princess Fiona, we find out, has been pacing the parapet of
her tower since she was seven years old, waiting for her
Prince Charming to carry her away. Alas, he’s really late.
With nothing but a stack of storybooks and a few busted
dolls for company, who could blame Fiona for getting
impatient? Twenty years in a tower would make anyone a
little stir-crazy. Still, her hope never wavers. She’s a
princess after all, and this is what princesses do – they grit
their teeth and wait to be rescued by a guy in tights (I
Know It’s Today.) With Donkey as his guide, Shrek makes
his way to Duloc, where he finds Farquaad and his loyal
subjects celebrating their newly sanitized kingdom (What’s
Up Duloc?) Shrek corners the four-foot tall scoundrel in the
sequined doublet, and demands his swamp back.
Farquaad agrees to hand over the deed to the swamp on
one condition – Shrek must rescue Princess Fiona from the
tower, and bring her back to Duloc. And so Shrek and
Donkey set out again, walking many miles (The Travel
Song) and eventually crossing a perilous bridge over a
boiling lake of lava,
where Shrek saves Donkey from a near-death experience.
Once inside the Dragon’s keep, Shrek dons a helmet, and
heads off to find the princess, while Donkey inadvertently
stumbles upon a very hungry Dragon with some ideas of
her own about happily ever after (Forever.) Donkey
somehow manages to charm the plus-size lady-beast, who
wants nothing more than to snuggle the chatty sidekick for
the rest of his days.
A Damsel in Distress
Meanwhile, Shrek climbs into Fiona’s tower and
discovers that the overjoyed princess has been studying
her storybooks and planning every detail of this moment
for the past twenty years (This Is How a Dream Comes
True.) She flits about her knight in shining armor until he
finally gets fed up, tosses her over his shoulder and heads
for the exit. Together they and Donkey flee the enraged
and heart-broken Dragon, and manage to make a
nail-biting, courageous escape. Safe on the other side,
Fiona insists on kissing her rescuer, as it is done in all
fairytales, but her celebration is cut short when Shrek
removes his helmet and reveals his big green face. After all,
she’s supposed to be saved by her one true love, not by
some ogre and his pet. Shrek explains he’s just a delivery
boy, hired to bring her to the guy who REALLY wants to
marry her. Fiona, meanwhile, notices the setting sun,
suddenly demands they make camp for the night, and
dashes into a nearby cave.
Donkey Sets Shrek Straight
Later that night, alone under the stars and emboldened by
their heroic escape from the Dragon, Donkey asks Shrek if
he could choose to be anyone else who it would be. Shrek
tells his friend that it’s impossible to be someone else
when the whole world runs screaming in fear from what
they think is a big stupid ugly ogre. Donkey reminds him
that he never saw him that way, and Shrek finally relents a
little, and agrees to play his game (Who I’d Be.) Little do
they know, however, that just behind them, standing in the
glow of the moon, our beautiful princess Fiona has
transformed into an ogress, as she does every night.
A New Day Dawns
The next day, Fiona is back to her pretty princess self,
skipping through the forest at dawn, singing with
woodland creatures and dancing with the Pied Piper’s
rat-pack (Morning Person.) Sure, she accidentally blows up
a blue bird, and tosses a deer off a cliff, but Fiona is trying
her darndest to be the perfect fairytale princess. On the
road back to Duloc, Fiona apologizes to Shrek for her
behavior the night before. She feels they got off on the
wrong foot, and would like to start again. Some
good-natured bickering over who had the worse childhood
then leads them to realize that they may have a lot more in
common than they first assumed.
They bond in the most unlikely and odorous of ways, and
share what may just be the spark of first love
(I Think I Got You Beat.)
On to Duloc
Back in the kingdom, Lord Farquaad makes plans for his
storybook wedding. The villain’s contempt for Fairy Tale
Creatures, as well as his strikingly short stature, is finally
brought to light when his vassal Thelonius dares to ask
Farquaad whether his father should be on the guest list
(The Ballad of Farquaad.) With Duloc on the horizon, Shrek
and Fiona stall for time, and agree to stop and share one
last campfire together. Donkey, realizing that these two
maybe falling for each other, slips into a flashy fantasy
where he pulls out all the stops - including mood lighting,
some Motown-esque serenading, and three gyrating blind
mice singing back-up to get Shrek to open his heart (Make
a Move.) With the sun going down, however, Donkey’s
dream sequence is cut short when Fiona dashes into a
nearby barn, lest her secret be revealed. Donkey begs
Shrek to tell the princess how he really feels. When Shrek
protests, Donkey decides to talk some sense into the
Princess instead. He sneaks into the barn, and comes face
to face with a terrifying looking ogress! Fiona calms the
scared Donkey and tearfully explains that she’s been
cursed since she was a girl. “By day one way, by night
another – this shall be the norm, until you find true love’s
first kiss and then take love’s true form.” She says she HAS
to marry Farquaad, otherwise she’s destined to be an ugly
ogress every night.
A Misunderstanding
Just outside the barn, our inarticulate hero tries to muster
the courage to tell Fiona how he really feels (When Words
Fail.) He creeps up to the door just in time to hear, “Who
could ever love a beast so hideous? Princess and ugly don’t
go together!” Assuming Fiona is talking about him, Shrek’s
greatest fears are confirmed. He rushes off to Duloc,
determined to end this little adventure once and for all.
After a sleepless night of soul-searching, Fiona considers
what Donkey had to say, and reconciles her feelings for
Shrek (Morning Person Reprise.) She intends to confess
everything once and for all. She doesn’t get a chance,
however, when the fuming ogre storms in and lays into her
about the night before. A series of misunderstandings
leaves them each angry, hurt and determined to never see
each other again. Lord Farquaad shows up right on cue,
and proposes to the confused princess. Fiona accepts his
proposal, bids the ogre farewell, and rides off to her new
life in the castle. Donkey tries to tell Shrek that he’s making
a terrible mistake, but Shrek lashes out at his friend, and
vows to never leave the solitude of his swamp again.
Taking Charge
In another part of the woods, the disgruntled Fairy Tale
Creatures have been sent packing yet again. Fed up with
the injustices heaped upon them because of how they
look, they rally each other, and decide its time to finally
stand up for themselves (Freak Flag.) With the wedding
hour fast-approaching, Donkey muscles his way onto
Shrek’s swamp and gives the stubborn-headed ogre a good
dose of tough-love. When Shrek finds out that Fiona wasn’t
talking about him after all, he realizes the error of his ways,
apologizes to his bestfriend, and wonders how they’re
going to stop that wedding. Luckily, Donkey has a plan.
Back in the Cathedral of Duloc, Fiona and Lord Farquaad
are about to be married when Shrek comes barging in.
With all eyes upon him, he steps forward and finally finds
the courage to open his heart and tell Fiona that he loves
her (Big Bright Beautiful World Reprise.) And if this
heartfelt confession didn’t enrage Farquaad enough, the
Fairy Tale Creatures come barging in with yet another
guest to ruin his perfect wedding - Farquaad’s father! As
the son of a grumpy dwarf, the villain is exposed as being
as much of a “freak” as the rest of them.
Happily Ever After
In this midst of all this chaos, Fiona steps into the light of
the setting sun and transforms into an ogress. Farquaad is
disgusted, and vows to put her back in that tower, toss the
FairyTale Creatures in prison, and send Shrek off to be
executed! Little does Farquaad know, however, that Shrek
and Donkey have a plan. On Shrek’s signal, the Dragon
comes crashing through the stained glass window of the
church and swallows up the villain in one satisfying gulp.
Shrek has shown the world that he truly is the hero that we
always knew he could be. He and Fiona come together at
last, sharing true-love’s first kiss. Magical winds whip up,
Fiona is swept into the air and the curse is finally broken.
The princess has at last taken love’s true form – a
stunningly beautiful…ogress. It’s a happy ending after all,
as the wedding moves back to Shrek’s swamp where he
and Fiona marry…and live happily ever after
(This Is My Story.)
was most recently nominated for two Tony Awards for his
work on Shrek The Musical: Best Book of a Musical and
Best Score (with composer Jeanine Tesori). Prior to that he
was awarded the 2008 Ed Kleban Award as America’s most
promising musical theatre lyricist and the 2007 Pulitzer
Prize for Drama for his play Rabbit Hole, which premiered
on Broadway at MTC’s Biltmore Theatre. Rabbit Hole also
received five Tony Award nominations, including Best Play,
and the Spirit of America Award. His other shows include
Fuddy Meers, Kimberly Akimbo, Wonder of the World, High
Fidelity and A Devil Inside, among others. In addition to his
work in theatre, David’s screen adaptation of Rabbit Hole
stars Nicole Kidman and is directed by John Cameron
Mitchell. David is a proud New Dramatists alum, a graduate
of Sarah Lawrence College and the Juilliard School, as well
as a member of the WGA and the Dramatists Guild Council.
has written four Tony-nominated scores for Broadway:
Twelfth Night (Lincoln Center); Thoroughly Modern Millie
(lyrics, Dick Scanlan); Caroline, or Change (lyrics, Tony
Kushner); and Shrek The Musical (lyrics, David
Lindsay-Abaire). The production of Caroline, or Change at
the National Theater in London received the Olivier Award
for Best New Musical. Her first musical, Violet, written with
Brian Crawley, received the New York Drama Critics Circle
Award in 1997. She has been the recipient of many other
honors including Drama Desk and Obie Awards, and was
cited by ASCAP as the first woman composer to have “two
new musicals running concurrently on Broadway.” She
composed the music for the New York Shakespeare
Festival’s Mother Courage, directed by George C. Wolfe,
starring Meryl Streep and Kevin Kline. She has written
songs for the movie Shrek The Third. Her film scores
include Nights in Rodanthe, Winds of Change, Show
Business and Wrestling With Angels. She composed songs
for the Disney DVD releases Mulan II, Lilo and Stitch II and
The Little Mermaid III. She has produced 60 CDs for
Silver-Burdett Ginn’s Making Music and the original cast
albums for Twelfth Night, Violet and Caroline, or Change.
Ms. Tesori, a Barnard graduate, is on the council of the
Dramatists Guild. Her next project is a new musical with
the playwright Lisa Kron.
JASON MOORE (Original Director)
Broadway: Shrek The Musical, Avenue Q, Steel Magnolias.
Carnegie Hall: Jerry Springer: The Opera. Off-Broadway:
Speech and Debate (Roundabout), Avenue Q (the
Vineyard), Guardians (the Culture Project), The Crumple
Zone. Associate direction: Les Misérables (Broadway,
national tour), Ragtime (Vancouver). Regional: Tales of
the City (American Conservatory Theatre, San Francisco).
TV directing: episodes of “Dawson’s Creek,” “Everwood,”
“One Tree Hill” and “Brothers and Sisters.” Jason has a
B.S. in performance studies from Northwestern University.
ROB ASHFORD (Original Director)
Broadway as Director and Choreographer; How To Succeed
In Business starring Daniel Radcliffe (Tony nominations for
Direction and Choreography), Promises, Promises starring
Sean Hayes and Kristen Chenowith ( Tony nomination for
Choreography).Other Broadway credits as Choreographer
include Thoroughly Modern Millie (2002 Tony Award, Best
Choreography), The Wedding Singer (Tony nomination),
Curtains (Tony nomination), Cry-Baby (Tony nomination).
In London as Director, Anna Christie starring Jude Law, A
Streetcar Names Desire starring Rachel Weisz both at the
Donmar Warehouse (Olivier nomination, Best Revival),
Parade at the Donmar Warehouse (Olivier nominations for
Direction and Choreography). As Choreographer; Evita
(Olivier nomination), Guys and Dolls (Olivier nomination),
Thoroughly Modern Millie (Olivier nomination), A Funny
Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Once in a
Lifetime (National Theatre). Other credits include Parade
(Mark Taper Forum), Candide (English National Opera, La
Scala, Milan, Chatelet, Paris), Tenderloin, Bloomer Girl, A
Connecticut Yankee… and Pardon My English (encores!).
He provided choreography for the film Beyond the Sea
directed by and starring Kevin Spacey. Mr. Ashford won an
Emmy Award for Outstanding Choreography for his work
on the “81st Annual Academy Awards,an and is an
Associate Director at The Donmar Warehouse in London.
is the Associate Director of the current Broadway revival of
How To Succeed In Business starring Daniel Radcliff. Other
credits include: Promises, Promises (Broadway); Shrek The
Musical (Broadway); Leap of Faith (Ahmanson Theatre);
Parade (Mark Taper Forum); Jerry Springer: The Opera
(Carnegie Hall); Speech and Debate (Roundabout Theatre
Company); 81st Annual Academy Awards (Production
Coordinator). Graduate of The University of Michigan.
JOSH PRINCE (Original Choreographer).
Broadway: Shrek The Musical (Outer Critics Circle nom.).
Off-Broadway: The Kid (The New Group). New York City:
The Bridge Project (BAM/The Old Vic ’09/’10); The Jerry
Springer Opera (with Harvey Keitel) at Carnegie Hall;
Camelot (with Gabriel Byrne) with the NY Philharmonic at
Lincoln Center (PBS); and All Singing All Dancing (Town
Hall ’09). Josh also recently had the pleasure of
choreographing the 2010 Kennedy Center Spring Gala.
Additional credits: Tales From The Bad Years (Theater
Works Palo Alto, dir.); Calvin Berger (MTC [email protected] Series, Dir.);
Emerald Man (NYMF, Dir.); Barnum (Dir.); Cabaret (Dir.);
Guys and Dolls; One Way Ticket To Hell (Dir.); The Full
Monty; The Big Funk (Dir.); La Boheme; Anything Goes; and
Singin’ In The Rain.
CHRIS BAILEY (Choreographer).
Seoul Korea: Dancing Shadows (Won National Korean
Theatre Award for Best Choreography 2007.), Pyoor Native
American. Associate Choreography -Broadway: How to
Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,
Promises Promises, Cry Baby. West End: Guys and Dolls,
Evita, Once in a Lifetime, Candide (alsoParis) Tours: The
Wedding Singer (US), Guys and Dolls (UK, Australia),
Thoroughly Modern Millie (UK). Film: Beyond the Sea.
Television: The 2011, 2010 and 2009 Tony Awards, 2010 and
2008 Kennedy Center Honors. Upcoming: Evita (Broadway).
TIM HATLEY (Original Set, Costume and Puppet Design).
Winner of the 2009 Tony Award & Drama Desk Award for
Best Costume & Scenic Design for his work on Shrek The
Musical. Winner of 2002 Tony and Drama Desk Awards
for Private Lives on Broadway. Broadway & West End
credits include: Spamalot, Private Lives, Vincent in
Brixton, The Crucible, Stanley, Betty Blue Eyes & Endgame.
Film credits: Stage Beauty, Closer and Notes on a
Scandal. Previous theatre work includes working with
Complicite, Royal National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare
Company, English National Opera and London’s
West End. Graduated from Central Saint Martins
School of Art, London.
JIM KRONZER (Tour Scenic Designs)
Broadway: Glory Days. Off-Broadway: Primary Stages:
Opus; Zipper Theatre: Under the Bridge. Regional: Arden
Theatre Co, Florida Stage, Pioneer Theatre, Philadelphia
Theatre Co., The Wilma. Cruise Lines: Disney Cruise Line
and Norwegian Cruise Line. Washington, D.C.: Shakespeare
Theatre, Signature Theatre, Woolly Mammoth, The Studio
Theatre, The Kennedy Center. National Tours: Broadway
Across America: Backyardigans, Barbie™ Live! In Fairytopia
™, NeTworks: Seussical the Musical, Show Boat, Big.
Awards: Helen Hayes Award, (8), Barrymore Award (1).
PAUL MILLER (Lighting)
Broadway: Legally Blonde, Freshly Squeezed, Laughing
Room;Lost in the Stars, Where’s Charley, Of Thee I Sing,
Music in the Air (Encores). Off-Broadway: Nunsense,
Vanities - the Musical, Waiting for Godot, Addicted,
Balancing Act. Regional: Cleveland Playhouse, Pasadena
Playhouse, Bay Street, Lookingglass, Chicago Shakespeare,
and Paper Mill. International: West End, China, Asia, La
Scala. Tours: Storytime Live, Wizard of Oz, Sweeney Todd,
Legally Blonde, Nunsense, Scooby Doo. Television:
“Camelot” (Lincoln Center), and the internationally
televised “New Year’s Eve Celebration in Times Square.”
designed the tours for Aeros, Kiss Me Kate, The Full Monty,
The Producers, Contact, Tap Dogs, Hairspray, Sweeney
Todd, The Wedding Singer, The Wizard of Oz, and A Chorus
Line. Broadway mixing includes: A Christmas Carol, Jersey
Boys, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Sweet Charity, The Drowsy
Chaperone, Man of La Mancha, Bombay Dreams, Spring
Awakening, Anything Goes, and Legally Blonde. He was
also the Production Sound for The Phantom of the Opera
on Broadway and the US national tour and the Advance
Contract on Wicked.
TIM WEIL (Incidental Music Arrangements).
Broadway: Rent, Jumpers, Sally Marr… and her escorts
(composer). Off-Broadway: Current revivial of Rent at New
World Stages, 10 Million Miles (ATC, Drama Desk
nomination, Best Orchestrations), The Baker’s Wife (York
Theatre). Film: Camp (IFC), Rent (Sony, Revolution), The
Marc Pease Experience (Paramount). Television: “Sheep in
the Big City,” “Bear in the Big Blue House” (Nickelodeon,
Cartoon Networks), many early-morning and late-night
variety shows. Recordings: Rent (Broadway, film
soundtracks), Camp (producer, arranger), Adam Pascal’s
Model Prisoner and Sherie Rene Scott’s Men I’ve Had
(Sh-K-Boom Records). For the past several years, Tim has
served on the panel for the Jonathan Larson Foundation,
which provides grants to aspiring composers and lyricists.
DANNY TROOB (Orchestrator).
His career as a musician includes composing, orchestrating
and conducting. Some early credits: Pacific Overtures,
The Baker’s Wife (dance music), Big River (music
supervision, Drama Desk Award winner). Orchestrated the
animated features Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and
Pocahontas, where he also conducted the score. Wrote the
underscore to The Little Mermaid II (nominated for Annie
Award – lost to Shrek!), and the TV musical versions of
“Cinderella,” “Annie” and “The Music Man.” He
orchestrated the revival of Pajama Game with Harry
Connick Jr. and the Sydney stage production of Des
McAnuff’s Dr. Zhivago, and Aladdin in Seattle, dir. Casey
Nickelaw, along with the upcoming stage version of
"Newsies" and a European tour of "The Little Mermaid."
AUSTIN SANDERSON (Costume Coordinator)
has designed costumes for Denver Theatre Center, Alliance
Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse, Trinity Rep, The Big Apple
Circus, Ballet Hispanico, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Old
Globe Theatre, San Diego Rep, Alabama Shakespeare
Festival, Manhattan School of Music, Theatre Virginia, New
Jersey Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare Festival of St.
Louis, Primary Stages, The Kirk Theatre, Royal Caribbean
Cruise Lines’, and many other companies. His set designs
include the Reem Acra Bridal Collection, Capital Rep,
Theatre Virginia, Fleetwood Stage, and numerous
television commercials and industrials. He is represented
by Barbara Hogenson, The Barbara Hogenson Agency.
DAVID BRIAN BROWN (Wig/Hair Design).
Broadway: A Steady Rain, The Country Girl, Little Mermaid,
Legally Blonde, Tarzan, Butley, The Wedding Singer;
Chita…, The Woman In White, The Odd Couple, Spamalot,
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Fiddler on the Roof, Nine, Gypsy,
Flower Drum Song, Sweet Smell of Success, The Invention
of Love, Aida, The Rainmaker, The Iceman Cometh, Annie
Get Your Gun, Little Me, Chicago, Sideshow, 1776, Steel
Pier, Big, Sunset Boulevard. Film credits include: It’s
Complicated, Angels In America (Emmy nomination),
Too Wong Foo….
NAOMI DONNE (Makeup Design).
Film: James Bond—The Living Daylights, License to Kill and
The Quantum of Solace; Six Degrees of Separation; The
Crucible; The Object of My Affection; A Perfect Murder;
Chocolat (BAFTA nomination); Random Hearts; Practical
Magic; Little Women; Zoolander; The Royal Tenenbaums
(Hollywood Make Up Guild Award); Meet the Fockers; The
Producers; Synecdoche, New York; Salmon Fishing in the
Yemen. Theatre N.Y.: Twelfth Night (LCT), Electra, Betrayal,
Aida, The Graduate, Nine, Sweet Smell of Success, Tarzan,
Mary Poppins, The Year of Magical Thinking, Shrek The
Musical (New York Theater Wing design nomination).
Theatre West End: Starlight Express, Song and Dance,
Children of a Lesser God, Time, MaryPoppins,
Love Never Dies.
BOB CLINE (Casting Director)
Besides Shrek, Bob has most recently cast the national
tours of Young Frankenstein, Hairspray, Beauty and the
Beast, The Drowsy Chaperone, Annie, Full Monty, Rent,
Ragtime, Seussical, Bye Bye Birdie, Music Man, Little
Women, 39 Steps + over 30 others. He has also helped to
populate nearly 1000 regional theatre productions across
the country + tv, film, and commercials. Bob is also a
proud professor at Pace University in their BFA Musical
Theatre program.
MATTHEW SKLAR (Dance Music Arrangements)
composed the music for the Broadway musicals Elf and
The Wedding Singer (Tony and Drama Desk Award
nominations). He is a recipient of the ASCAP Richard
Rodgers New Horizons Award, the Gilman & Gonzalez-Falla
Musical Theatre Award, and the Jonathan Larson
Performing Arts Foundation Award. In addition to his work
as a composer/arranger, Matthew has been a pianist
and/or conductor for more than a dozen Broadway
musicals including Caroline, or Change; Nine; 42nd Street;
Titanic; Miss Saigon; and Les Miserables. He has also
contributed original music to the hit Nickelodeon
television series "Wonder Pets".
MARSHALL MAGOON (Illusions Consultant)
has created illusions for Monty Python’s Spamalot, the
revival of Damn Yankees and The Shaw Festival’s Invisible
Man. Marshall was featured on NBC television’s “Days of
Our Lives” and has created presentations for many Fortune
500 companies. Find out more about him at
DreamWorks Theatricals was established in 2007 by
DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc (NASDAQ: DWA) to
produce stage productions adapted works. Bill Damaschke
serves as Chief Creative Officer of DWA. DWA is devoted to
producing high-quality family entertainment through the
use of computer-generated (CG) animation.
DWA’s 2011 film slate features Kung Fu Panda 2 and Puss In
Boots. The Company has theatrically released a total of 22
animated feature films, including the franchise properties
of Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda and How to Train
Your Dragon. Shrek was the winner of the first ever
Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. Jeffrey
Katzenberg serves as DWA’s CEO and was a co-founder of
DreamWorks Studios in 1994. The Broadway production
was nominated for eight Tony Awards, including Best
Costume Design awarded to Tim Hatley. The production is
currently playing in London’s West End.
DANI DAVIS (Executive Producer)
is a Broadway producer, director, and lyricist. On
Broadway, she produced Little Women – the musical (Tony,
Drama Desk nominations) and The Lonesome West (Tony,
Drama Desk noms/awards). She won a 2010 Emmy Award
for writing Handel’s Messiah Rocks (Sony Classical, PBS),
which she also directed. For NETworks, she was Executive
Producer for Little Women and The Wedding Singer. She is
on the board of Duke University’s Women’s Forum and The
American Songbook Project. Her songs are published by
Cherry Lane Music/ BMG. Member: SDC, BMI.
Since 1995, NETworks has produced and managed over 45
touring productions in the US., U.K. and internationally .
Current productions include Disney’s Beauty and the
Beast, Young Frankenstein, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s
South Pacific, Blue Man Group National Tour, La Cage,
Shrek The Musical and The New 25th Anniversary
Production of Les Misérables. Future productions include
Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins,
Flashdance the Musical and National Theatre of Great
Britain’s production of War Horse touring the U.S.
WILLIAM STEIG (Author of the Book Shrek!).
Named the “King of Cartoons” by Newsweek,
William Steig remains The New Yorker’s longest-running
contributor, with more than 1,600 drawings and 117 covers
to his name. He began writing and illustrating books for
children at the age of 60. His work Sylvester and the Magic
Pebble earned him the Caldecott Medal, the highest honor
bestowed on children’s picture books, but it was the 1990
fairy tale Shrek! That ultimately brought him his largest
audience by inspiring one of the most successful film
franchises in motion picture history. William Steig wrote
and illustrated children’s books up until the last year of his
life and died in 2003 at the age of 96.
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