Moments of inspired whimsy, such as a stageful of tap-dancing rats (don’t ask, just see), prove genuinely transporting, Hatley’s wildly inventive creations are a must-see, and the cheeky actors are having so much fun, you will too.
F. Kathleen Foley – LA Times
Indeed, the most appealing quality of this alternately endearing and irreverent entertainment is the deft way that it combines a fantasy to beguile youngsters with a satire driven by cheeky wit for more mature sensibilities. Add in a scarcely new but still heartwarming message about inner beauty, and the result is a crowd pleaser.
Les Spindle – Backstage
There is so much entertainment in this production for adults and children alike. It is like seeing a fairy tale come true on stage, thanks to the wonderful staging by directors Jason Moore and Rob Ashford, and the fantastic sets, costumes and puppets by Tim Hatley.
Carol Kaufman Segal – Reviewplays
Shrek is the perfect summer musical. It’s sunny, bright, and the whole family can partake.
Robert Machray – BlogCritics
But “Shrek” works first and foremost for the same reasons that all good stories work: we can relate to the characters and their challenges and insecurities. The talent behind this musical never forgets that, nor should they. For DreamWorks, “Shrek” is the big green gift that keeps on giving.
Paul Hodgins – OC Register
The national tour now at the Pantages has only excesses of length and a few performances standing in the way of unalloyed family delight.
Bob Verini – Variety
Now at the Pantages through July 31, Shrek is a fun, inspirational and imaginative romp for children young and old.
Don Grigware – BroadwayWorld
Speaking of plays with fairy tale themes, the touring version of Shrek at the Pantages is a glossy but warm-hearted and witty surprise, amounting to much more than one usually expects out of big musicals transferred from big movies.
Don Shirley – LA Stage Watch
Truth is, whether you loved the film or whether you have emerged from your remote ice cave home of 10 years and wandered into the Pantages Theatre, you should be delighted. “Shrek’s” a ribald, mugging hot fudge sundae of an experience, and I do not even have the affirmation of any animation-loving kid – though by god there were a ton of them there on opening night – to back me up on this.
Evan Henerson – LA Examiner
It doesn’t take a Bruno Bettelheim to psychoanalyze this over-calculated and under-inspired musical adaptation of DreamWork’s 2001 animated blockbuster. Only a corporate boardroom — and the bottom line — could have cooked up a Broadway-scale fairy tale so spectacularly lacking in heart or soul or stage magic.
Bill Raden – LA Weekly
SHREK is a big, splashy, colorful feast for the eyes and ears that carries with it lovely lessons about truth, acceptance, and the value of having friends. It is the perfect choice for a summer musical for the whole family.
Ellen Dostal – Musicals in LA
With book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire (the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Rabbit Hole) and music by multiple award-winning Jeanine Tesori (Caroline, or Change, Thoroughly Modern Millie), Shrek The Musical is a smart, funny, tuneful musical treat whose fresh new non-Equity tour, now playing at Costa Mesa’s Segerstrom Center For The Arts, puts it at the top of my list of favorite recent Broadway hits.
Steven Stanley – StageSceneLA
Like a warm Snuggie on a cold winter night or a decadent dessert to a calorie counter, sometimes we all just want to cater to our own basest pleasure centers that simply crave comforting, entertaining shows full of good ol’ plain, silly fun. This same idea explains why macaroni and cheese makes for a great combo… why the excitingly mindless “Summer Movie” was invented… and why SHREK THE MUSICAL made me laugh for most of its two-and-a-half-hour running time.
Michael L. Quintos – BroadwayWorld
SHREK: THE MUSICAL
National Tour recently at the Pantages Theatre
Now at Segerstrom Center for the Arts
600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa
Through October 16, 2011
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 7:30. Saturdays at 2:00 and 7:30. Sundays at 1:00 and 6:30
Tickets: starting at $20; (714) 556-2787
Running Time: 2 hours, 35 minutes
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