Theatre Review: Shrek The Musical @ Birmingham Hippodrome
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★★★★★ If you were to spend two and a half hours watching tap dancing mice, exploding birds and a singing ogre, you would, of course, be witnessing the masterpiece that is Shrek The Musical. Fresh from London, 2015 sees the show tour the UK with a cast almost so perfect, it was like watching the film itself. Now, how do you write a review when a show is so good that it leaves you with no words? It’s a disturbing thought thinking that the Dreamworks movie the play originated from is over ten years old now. Watching the musical come to life on stage caused currents of relived childhoods, and, for the children in the audience, a childhood worthwhile. The show tells the story of Shrek, an ogre (Dean Chisnall), budding along with a talking donkey (Idriss Kargbo) to rescue Princess Fiona (Faye Brookes) from a dragon guarded tower, to wed the vertically challenged, narcissistic Lord Farquaad (Gerard Carey). It’s a story known and loved by millions that rewrites what’s accepted within a fairy tale. Musical numbers where the lyrics consisted of toilette humour, saturated in belches and burps, kept kids entertained, while the most risqué humour indefinitely kept the budding parents on their toes. It was hard to tell what age bracket enjoyed the show more.
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