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‘Shrek the Musical’ coming to Luhrs Center Dec. 18

4 December 2012 No Comment

SHIPPENSBURG — The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University will present “Shrek the Musical,” at 7″30 p.m. Dec. 18. Reserved tickets are $52, $45 and $35 and are now on sale. A group discount is available for groups of 20 or more. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW (7469) or online at luhrscenter.com.

DreamWorks Theatricals and NETworks Presentations, LLC. are pleased to announce that “Shrek the Musical,” with book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire and music by Jeanine Tesori, will play the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University for one performance only.

An entirely new musical which opened on Broadway December, 2009, “Shrek the Musical” is based on the story and characters from William Steig’s book Shrek!, as well as the DreamWorks Animation film Shrek, the first chapter of the Shrek movie series.

“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.

The role of everyone’s favorite swamp-dwelling ogre, Shrek will be played by Perry Sook. Whitney Winfield will play the feisty Princess Fiona. Jeremy Gaston is Shrek’s lovably annoying best friend Donkey and Christian Marriner plays the vertically challenged villain Lord Farquaad.

Rounding out the cast of misfit fairy tale characters, the peoples of Duloc and Far, Far Away are: Matty Burns, Micah Cowher, Courtney Daniels, Megan Elyse Fulmer, Susan Leilani Gearou, Francesca Granell, Tony Johnson, Brody Karn, Jennifer Margulis, Alison McCartan, Michael McCrary, Schuyler Midgett, Tiffani Robbins, Robert Teasdale, Katie Tompkins, Maggie Tompkins, Kristopher Stanley Ward, Andy White and Jeffrey Zicker.

“We are thrilled to send ‘Shrek the Musical’ to theatres across the country,” said Bill Damaschke, President of DreamWorks Theatricals, “and for American families to experience their favorite ogre and fairy tale creatures live on stage.”

The musical features a book and lyrics by Pulitzer Prize® winner David Lindsay-Abaire (Rabbit Hole, Good People), music by Olivier Award-winner Jeanine Tesori (Thoroughly Modern Millie, Caroline, or Change). “Shrek the Musical” is directed by Stephen Sposito who recently served as Associated Director of the current Broadway revival How To Succeed In Business starring Daniel Radcliff. Sets and costumes are based on the Tony Award® winner designs by Tim Hatley (Private Lives, Spamalot) and Chris Bailey will recreate the original choreography by Josh Prince (The Bridge Project, The Jerry Springer Opera).

“Shrek the Musical” was initiated when Sam Mendes, a big fan of the first Shrek film, suggested the idea of creating a musical to DreamWorks Animation’s Jeffrey Katzenberg around the time the second film was in production. The musical is produced by NETworks Presentations, LLC.

NETworks Presentations, LLC (Producer) was founded in 1995 by Kenneth Gentry, Seth Wenig and Scott Jackson. NETworks has produced and managed over 80 national and international touring productions. Previous productions: Little Women starring Maureen McGovern; Cinderella starring Eartha Kitt and Deborah Gibson; Fosse starring Ben Vereen and Ruthie Henshall; The Light in the Piazza; My Fair Lady co-produced with Cameron Mackintosh; Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!; Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake; Annie; Hairspray; The Wizard of Oz, Handel’s Messiah Rocks, Spring Awakening, A Chorus Line and many others. Current productions include Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Billy Elliot The Musical, Blue Man Group National Tour, Elf The Musical, Flashdance the Musical, La Cage Aux Folles, The New 25th Anniversary Production of Les Misérables, Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins, Shrek The Musical and National Theatre of Great Britain’s production of War Horse touring the U.S.

The chart-topping original Broadway cast album for SHREK THE MUSICAL is available on Decca Broadway.

Find more information about Shrek The Musical at www.shrekthemusicalontour.com.

For additional information about the Shrek The Musical performance, or other performances within the 2012-2013 Luhrs Center series, please call the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW (7469) or visit the Luhrs Center website at luhrscenter.com.

CREATIVE BIOGRAPHIES:
DAVID LINDSAY-ABAIRE (Book & Lyrics) 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.

JEANINE TESORI (Music) 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
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music for the New York Shakespeare Festival’s Mother Courage, as translated by Tony Kushner, 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 movie Disney DVD releases Mulan II, Lilo and Stitch II and The Little Mermaid III. She has produced 60 CD’s 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.

STEPHEN SPOSITO (Director) 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.

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.

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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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