RALEIGH, NC, November 23, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/ -- North Carolina Theatre (http://www.nctheatre.com), celebrating 30 seasons as the region's premier nonprofit, professional regional theatre, and Broadway Series South, the anchor presenter of First National Touring shows, have announced they are proud to launch the holiday season with the presentation of a family favorite, Shrek The Musical, at the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts from Tuesday, Nov. 27 through Sunday, Dec. 2.
With book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire and music by Jeanine Tesori, Shrek The Musical is an entirely new musical which opened on Broadway in December 2009. The show is based on the story and characters from William Steig's book Shrek!, as well as the DreamWorks Animation film of the same name.
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 wisecracking donkey, this unlikely hero fights a fearsome dragon, rescues a feisty princess, and learns that real friendship and true love are not only found in fairy tales.
The role of 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 will be: 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.
Shrek The Musical features a book and lyrics by Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire (Rabbit Hole, Good People) and music by Olivier Award-winner Jeanine Tesori (Thoroughly Modern Millie, Caroline, or Change). The director is Stephen Sposito, who recently served as associated director of the Broadway revival of How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying starring Daniel Radcliffe. Sets and costumes are based on the Tony Award -winning 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).
Performances will start at 7:30 p.m. from Nov. 27 through Dec. 2, as well as 2 p.m. matinees Dec. 1 and 2. To purchase tickets to Shrek The Musical, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 or visit http://www.progressenergycenter.com or http://www.nctheatre.com. For season tickets to North Carolina Theatre/Broadway Series South's 2013 Broadway lineup, please visit http://www.nctheatre.com.
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"We are so excited to bring this family favorite to the stage in Raleigh," said Casey Hushion, North Carolina Theatre's artistic director. "Shrek The Musical is a magical adventure for people of all ages which proves that true love and friendship are real for anyone. We invite everyone to come enjoy this fun and tuneful presentation."
ABOUT NORTH CAROLINA THEATRE:
North Carolina Theatre is Raleigh's premiere nonprofit regional theatre. NC Theatre was created to strengthen the cultural vitality of the region and cultivate musical theatre appreciation by producing outstanding professional Broadway musicals and developing the next generation of artists through youth training, performance and outreach programs. By preserving the unique American art form of musical theatre, NC Theatre is able to provide broad access to the arts and to entertain and engage diverse audiences. For more information about the theatre, upcoming performance and tickets, please visit http://www.nctheatre.com.
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