Shrek the Musical


Writers: David Lindsay-Abaire Jeanine Tesori


Show Information

Based on the Play/Book/Film
Shrek (2001 DreamWorks animated film)
Number of Acts
First Produced
Comedy, Romance, Fairy Tale/Fantasy
Fantasy/Imaginary, Multiple Settings
Time & Place
the fairy tale land of duloc. time unspecified.
Cast Size
Orchestra Size
Some Dance
Ideal for
College/University, Community Theatre, Ensemble Cast, High School, Large Cast, Middle School, Mostly Male Cast, Professional Theatre, Regional Theatre, Star Vehicle Female, Star Vehicle Male, Theatre For Young Audiences (TYA)
Casting Notes
Mostly female cast
Includes adult, early teen, late teen, young adult, child, mature adult, elderly characters


Shrek the Musical is a one-of-a-kind, hilarious fairy tale in which curses are reversed, monsters get the girls, donkeys and dragons find love, and princesses are beautiful in all shapes and sizes. Grumpy, gruff, green ogre Shrek lives alone in his swamp. The world is fearful and mocking of him, and he is more than happy to leave the world to itself, in turn. Suddenly, his hermit existence is thrown open, when a group of homeless fairy tale characters — Pinocchio, the Gingerbread Man, the Three Little Pigs, and more — burst upon his swamp, seeking refuge from the persecution of the cruel, vertically-challenged Lord Farquaad. Shrek seeks out Farquaad, who offers him a deal: if Shrek rescues the Princess Fiona (whom Farquaad wishes to marry for her crown), then Farquaad will ensure the return of Shrek’s swamp by returning the fairy tale creatures to their homes. In a desperate attempt to regain his swamp’s hermetic piece, Shrek enters the world for the first time in his life. He travels to Princess Fiona’s prison, rescues her from a fire-breathing dragon, and then – scariest of all – is forced to get to know the princess as he tries to bring her back to evil Farquaad To the determinedly unsocial ogre’s dismay, Fiona is very different from what he expected a princess to be. She may even provoke Shrek’s most novel experience yet: Love. With dazzling sets, whimsical puppetry, high energy dance numbers, and laughs by the minute, Shrek the Musical transforms the contemporary children’s book and popular animated feature film into a stage musical that is sure to entertain and make audiences believers in happy endings for all.

Note: A filmed version of the original Broadway production is currently available for viewing on Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, and iTunes.

Lead Characters

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