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Shrek The Musical
Advantages: Lord Farquhar and the Dragon were very good
Disadvantages: Poor adaption
I went to see Shrek the Musical at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane just last week, and must admit I was disappointed. The musical had hardly been adapted for stage at all, and was really just a copy of the film. It had the same jokes and pretty much the same script. The songs were repetitive and in my opinion, quite boring.
There were a few scenes that were actually very good - Lord Farquar was nothing short of hilarious, though this was due to the actor playing the part rather than anything amazing going on with the script. The dragon was also something spectacular to behold and the voice behind it was excellent! Unfortunately though scenes with these two characters were minimal and the three main characters weren't up to scratch.
Kimberley Walsh was good, and much better than I expected. I was disappointed though that she was actually the best of the three main characters! Shrek and Donkey were OK but they didn't really make the part their own, and they just weren't funny. Donkey in particular was very quiet despite having a microphone - it was as if he was acting for screen rather than the stage!
Overall I thought the musical was nothing special and merely ok - for the soundtrack I believe there's only a couple of songs worth having, and those would be the ones sung by the dragon. However this is still only because the actress had a fantastic voice rather than that the songs were any good.
It will definitely be a good show for young children who like shrek but, for £55 a ticket, I don't think it's worth it. You'd be better to take them to something like the Lion King, a truly spectacular show that they'll always remember.
Summary: Nothing special
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