In an upside down kingdom, an ogre named Shrek (Martino Gabriel-Mayotte) is hired to rescue the spirited Princess Fiona (Anna Larranaga) and bring her to DuLoc to marry Lord Farquaad (Kyler Chase), a man short in stature but big in ambition. But, when you have a donkey who talks non-stop and a dozen fairy tale misfits it won’t take long before things get out of hand. In Shrek The Musical, now playing at Lyric Arts Main Street Stage in Anoka, the 2001 Oscar-winning DreamWorks movie is brought to life on stage in a hilarious singing and dancing filled musical. With music by Jeanine Tesori and a book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire this show is fun for the whole family.
Resident Director Matt McNabb is at the helm of this charmingly directed upside down fairy tale which beams from the first note of the overture all the way to the last bow of the encore. Martino Gabriel-Mayotte and Ricky Morisseau’s pairing as Shrek and Donkey, respectfully, is excellent. The actors play off each other perfectly and breathe life in to the characters we know and love. As Lord Farquaad, Kyler Chase has a physically demanding role. To play the want-to-be King of short stature requires spending the entire production on his knees. I can’t image how his knees feel at the end of a performance, especially after doing a few back to back, but his performance is killer. These comedy roles are really where he shines. He was a brilliant Dr. Frankenstein in Young Frankenstein at Lyric Arts in 2014.
If you loved the Shrek movies and are looking for a great escape to laugh and forget the world for a few hours, I highly recommend a trip to Anoka to see Shrek the Musical. The show plays through April 10. For more information on the show and to purchase tickets, visit Lyric Art’s website.