Dad of Divas' Reviews: Blu-ray Review - Shrek The Musical

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Blu-ray Review - Shrek The Musical

Shrek The Musical
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About the Book
The greatest fairy tale never told comes to life as never before in DreamWorks’ Shrek the Musical , the highly acclaimed Broadway production based on the smash-hit movie. Called a “triumph of comic imagination” (Elysa Gardner, USA Today) that “never stints on spectacle or laughs” (David Rooney, Variety), Shrek The Musical received eight 2009 Tony Award® nominations including Best Musical, winning Best Costume Design of a Musical (Tim Hatley) and received a Grammy Award® nomination for Best Musical Show Album.

Featuring a fantasic score of 17 all-new songs, Shrek The Musical was filmed on stage to capture the magic of a Broadway performance and stars an amazing celebrated cast including Brian d’Arcy James (Shrek), Sutton Foster (Fiona), Daniel Breaker (Donkey), Christopher Sieber (Lord Farquaad), and John Tartaglia (Pinocchio). The film was shot live on Broadway with 10 cameras and directed by Michael Warren. Now you can bring the magic of Broadway to your home and get the best seat in the house when the Deluxe Edition Blu-ray™ and DVD arrives on October 15th! Fans can join in on the performance with sing along Shrek-tastic songs on the Deluxe Edition Blu-ray™ + DVD + Digital HD™ or single-disc DVD. And the Deluxe Edition Blu-ray™ goes even deeper into the fairytale’s journey, taking viewers behind-the-scenes to see how the show became a smash hit that “will make your heart dance.” (Cindy Adams, The New York Post).

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 musical is based on the story and characters from William Steig's book Shrek!, as well as the DreamWorks Animation film and features a book and lyrics by Pulitzer Prize® winner, David Lindsay-Abaire, music by Olivier Award-winner Jeanine Tesori, and is directed by Tony Award® nominee Jason Moore. Shrek The Musical is produced by DreamWorks Theatricals and Neal Street Productions, Ltd.

DreamWorks Animation’s Shrek The Musical Deluxe Edition Blu-ray™

Disc 1 (Blu-ray™):
Feature film in high definition

Blu-ray Exclusive Bonus Features:

  • From Swamp To Stage: The Making of Shrek the Musical—Follow the cast and crew of Shrek the Musical as they take you behind the scenes and show you what it really takes to make a Broadway show come to life!

Additional Bonus Features:

  • Shrek The Musical Songbook with Sing-Along—Kids and adults alike can pick their favorite song and sing along, as seven songs from the musical will have their lyrics appear on the bottom of the screen as you watch the actual musical performance on screen. You can play all of the tunes uninterrupted or choose to randomize the musical experience with the “shuffle mode.”

Disc 2 (DVD):
Feature film in high definition

Additional Bonus Features:
  • Shrek The Musical Songbook with Sing-Along

My Take on the Book
I am a huge fan of musicals and I try my best to get my kids to enjoy them too. While not every musical has turned out, and I have seen my share of flops too, this was not one of them. I was a bit skeptical at first, not knowing what to expect, and wondering whether the musical would be lacking in regards to story line, or whether it would simply be a retelling of the movie itself, it wasn't. Filled with amazing acting, great songs, and tons of humor, this was a great musical that kept my family and I laughing and loving every minute of it from beginning to end.

I was so glad that this was the original cast as I am a huge fan of Sutton Foster and Brian d'Arcy and knew that they had done an amazing job in this too, but alas I was not able to see it while they were in it (in it's NYC run). Beyond these two actors though I have to say that the whole cast just worked. They acted as a team, which you don't always see on stage.

This was a fun musical for the whole family! Whether you are a fan of the Shrek movies or not, you will love this musical. The music alone is worth the time, but add onto that great acting and plot and you get a fun family night!

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