Onstage: Shrek The Musical

Much to my surprise, I had a great time at 'Shrek The Musical.' I went expecting a silly cartoon and that's exactly what it is — but it's a really well-done silly cartoon, perfect fare for an audience full of kids and parents. Of course, 'Shrek' capitali

Much to my surprise, I had a great time at Shrek The Musical. I went expecting a silly cartoon and that’s exactly what it is — but it’s a really well-done silly cartoon, perfect fare for an audience full of kids and parents. (At two-and-a-half hours long, I thought it might be too much for little ones, but many stuck it out on opening night.)

Of course, Shrek capitalizes on the popularity of several kid-oriented animated films about a goofy green ogre, a sort of comic, feel-good Frankenstein. (Nobody wants to give ugly a chance, it seems.) But Shrek offers plenty of humor for grown-up theater fans, poking fun at Wicked, The Lion King, Les Mis and more. This high-class touring production features an eye-popping array of colorful costumes for an army of fairytale characters, constantly changing scenery (several backdrops have moving projections of clouds and weather) and crazy choreography (including a number with tap-dancing rats).

Shrek The Musical, presented by Broadway Across America, continues at the Aronoff through April 24. Go here to read Rick Pender's full review.

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