Shrek The Musical cancels 2 Dec performance to allow creative team to make final changes

The 2 Dec preview performance of Shrek: The Musical at the Broadway Theatre has been taken off sale and cancelled. Currently in previews, the official opening remains set for 14 Dec 2008. No other performances will be affected.

The reason for the cancellation is to allow the Shrek: The Musical creative team to complete some final changes before the opening. There is not enough stage time during the current preview schedule to implement and rehearse the changes planned.

Patrons who have purchased tickets for the canceled 2Dec 2008 performance should contact point of purchase: (212-239-6200) or the Broadway Theatre Box Office at 1681 Broadway at 53rd St.

The musical stars Tony Award nominee Brian d'Arcy James as 'Shrek,' Tony Award winner Sutton Foster as 'Princess Fiona,' Tony Award nominee Christopher Sieber as 'Lord Farquaad,' Tony Award nominee Daniel Breaker as Donkey and Tony Award nominee John Tartaglia as 'Pinocchio.'

Joining these actors onstage will be Haven Burton, Jennifer Cody, Ben Crawford, Bobby Daye, Ryan Duncan, Sarah Jane Everman, Aymee Garcia, Leah Greenhaus, Justin Greer, Lisa Ho, Chris Hoch, Danette Holden, Jacob Ming-Trent, Carolyn Ockert-Haythe, Marissa O�Donnell, Denny Paschall, Greg Reuter, Adam Riegler, Noah Rivera, Heather Jane Rolff, Jennifer Simard, Rachel Stern, Dennis Stowe, David F.M. Vaughn and Keaton Whittaker.

Shrek: The Musical is an entirely new musical 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 features a book and lyrics by Pulitzer Prize winner, David Lindsay-Abaire (Rabbit Hole), music by Jeanine Tesori (Olivier Award-winner for Caroline, or Change and three-time Tony Award nominee).

Shrek: The Musical is directed by Jason Moore, who staged the Tony Award-winning Best Musical, Avenue Q, and choreographed by newcomer Josh Prince.

Set and costume design by Tim Hatley, lighting by Hugh Vanstone, with sound by Peter Hylenski.

Dreamwork Animations have released three box-office hit animation movies based on William Steig children's book written in 1990, about a young ogre who finds the ogre of his dreams when he leaves home to see the world. The name 'Shrek' is taken from the German and Yiddish word "Schreck"/"Shreck", meaning "fear, terror".

Shrek: The Musical is Dreamwork Animations's first theatrical production. The production was initiated by Jeffrey Katzenberg, Chief Executive Officer of DreamWorks Animation, and Sam Mendes, who has a long-term relationship with DreamWorks. Mendes, a big fan of the first Shrek film, suggested the idea of creating a musical to DreamWorks� Jeffrey Katzenberg around the time the second film was in production.

The musical is produced by DreamWorks Theatricals (Bill Damaschke, President) and Neal Street Productions, Ltd (principals Sam Mendes and Caro Newling).

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