Musicals with origins in prior incarnations think "American Idiot," a full-length rock album by band Green Day before it became a full-cast musical worthy of Broadway can be strange creatures.
So there's a certain method in the madness of turning DreamWorks' "Shrek" film series franchise into a musical. After all, the main character himself is something of a strange character, not by virtue of his green skin and horns, but because he prizes the solitude of his swamp above all until fate intervenes. The third incarnation of the national tour of this Broadway show plays Capitol Theatre through March 3. Here's all you need to know in an opening-night review:
Plot summary • A classic story of ogre meets princess, ogre bonds with princess, but both narrowly escape the crossed wires of misunderstanding and a catty, bratty Lord Farquaad to find true love. "Shrek: The Musical" inverts and even subverts the fairy-tale paradigm not just with a flurry of contemporary cultural references, but with an allegory about inner-beauty. A sub-plot about a band of story-book characters evicted from their proper habitat is fine, but ultimately forgettable. However, there's no arguing that without them, the musical would lose more than a little luster in its ensemble cast.