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Review | Shrek the Musical

 

I won a four-pack of tickets to see Shrek the Musical at the Fisher Theater in Detroit, and I was excited to see it because Shrek and its sequels are some of my favorite movies. Luckily, the show did not disappoint. The musical takes classic scenes from the first Shrek movie but also combines it with its own new songs and some up-to-date references; in one scene, for example, Lord Farquaad rides a horse, whose name is Beyonce.

I could have done without some of the bodily function jokes, but they were a big part of Shrek the movie, so I guess you could say they were being true to the film by adding them into the musical.

I would have liked to have seen the show be a little shorter–it’s 2 hours and 30 minutes long, not counting a standard 15 minute intermission, at the Detroit performance–but at the same time, I can’t think of any scenes that could have been cut, either.

Overall, I had a fun time at the show, and I’m glad I went. The show will be making its way around the country (Detroit was one of, if not the first, stops) and its tour will end on April 29. (For full schedule, click here.)

Grade: B+

Appropriate for young children: Yes, but keep in mind the 2 hour 30 minute runtime.

Liz is our regular movie reviewer and writes for her film blog (Yes/No Films) and book blog (Books I Think You Should Read), as well as Examiner.com and CBS Detroit. You can follow her on Facebook and on Twitter.