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I've watched some songs online, and I gotta say a good amount of the songs are much better than I thought they would be (specifically "Who I'd Be," great way to close Act 1). The writing isn't too great, but it's pretty hard to beat the movie. Overall, I definitely say it's on the same level as some of the better movie musicals.

On the topic of the horse name, I heard that on the night of the Inauguration, he called it "Obama."

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This musical is my secret obsession, to be honest. I listened to the CD not expecting to like it at ALL and came out loving it.

Is it cheesey? Yes
Are the songs rather cliche? Yes.
Does it tend to copy other styles. Yes.

But if you have a problem with this, you've obviously never seen the Shrek movies because . . .it's kinda along the same line. I like that it has little nods to other really popular shows, such as Wicked, A Chorus Line, Lion King - it does for musicals what Shrek did to other movies.

In all honesty, I love this musical. I can't wait until it starts touring so that I can actually see it live. Excitement!

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On this website : http://www.nick.com/ads/dreamworks/noty ... tid=248928

They have a pro-shot multiple angle video of the song "I know it's today" I understand that they probably just shot this for the promotion of the contest, but do you think there is any hope that they pro-shot the whole show for a TV release?? (ala Legally Blonde)

Also, is there any word on when they might release a vocal book for the show? They have the sheet music for "I know it's Today" on that website....but I would die for "Who I'd Be" "I think I've got you Beat" and "When Words Fail"


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Post An addition to the score...
Here's the news folks:

Shrek the Musical Adds "I'm a Believer" to Broadway Score

I guess commercialism knows no bounds in musical theatre these days.

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Here's the news folks:

Shrek the Musical Adds "I'm a Believer" to Broadway Score

I guess commercialism knows no bounds in musical theatre these days.

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No, I think it is within bounds. The show's integrity is preserved. It's when they start doing product placements on stage that we know Broadway has no shame in over commercializing.

Donkey: "Hey Shrek, Princess Fiona uses Colgate toothpaste with Advanced Whitening and 12-Hour Germ Protection."

Shrek: "We all do Donkey. And so should everyone!"

Donkey: "Hey Shrek, can we have some waffles?"

Shrek: "Certainly Donkey"

Donkey: "Wow, delicious Eggo Waffles"

Shrek: "Yes, Donkey, Eggo Waffles from our good friends at Kelloggs".

Although true product placement would place the box on a table in view of the audience and an actor mentioning the brand as a sort of throw away line.
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RainbowJude wrote:
Here's the news folks:

Shrek the Musical Adds "I'm a Believer" to Broadway Score

I guess commercialism knows no bounds in musical theatre these days.

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No, I think it is within bounds. The show's integrity is preserved. It's when they start doing product placements on stage that we know Broadway has no shame in over commercializing.

Donkey: "Hey Shrek, Princess Fiona uses Colgate toothpaste with Advanced Whitening and 12-Hour Germ Protection."

Shrek: "We all do Donkey. And so should everyone!"

Donkey: "Hey Shrek, can we have some waffles?"

Shrek: "Certainly Donkey"

Donkey: "Wow, delicious Eggo Waffles"

Shrek: "Yes, Donkey, Eggo Waffles from our good friends at Kelloggs".

Although true product placement would place the box on a table in view of the audience and an actor mentioning the brand as a sort of throw away line.
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Commercialism, or Sister Act Syndrome?

I defined this term on Broadway World thus- Sister Act is a movie best known for its musical numbers. They were what made the movie. When the movie transitioned to the stage, all musical numbers were thrown out in favor of an original score. I figured one of the original numbers would appear as a curtain call encore, but it didn't- there was an original encore song, if I remember correctly.

The "I'm A Believer" song in Shrek has not replaced any element of Tesori's original score at all- in fact, it has replaced an instrumental version of "I'm A Believer" that played at the end of curtain calls since the show's opening in Seattle. They just sing it now. Most people ignore the song's presence in the show already, and think this is some incredibly crass move on the part of the producers. In reality, it's just a clever, fun encore moment, and it's not removing any of the show's integrity, since, and I repeat, THE SONG WAS ALREADY IN THE SHOW ANYWAY.

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The "I'm A Believer" song in Shrek has not replaced any element of Tesori's original score at all - in fact, it has replaced an instrumental version of "I'm A Believer" that played at the end of curtain calls since the show's opening in Seattle....it's not removing any of the show's integrity, since, and I repeat, THE SONG WAS ALREADY IN THE SHOW ANYWAY.

There is a huge difference between exit music and a performed number. This is obviously a bow to something the audience expects because of the film; it's clearly a commercial move and not an artistic one. And Shrek had so little creative integrity to begin with, so who cares if this compromises it or not?

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But these shows are themselves commercial products, not art meant to challenge its audience. Couldn't we justify the inclusion of "I'm a Believer" for the same reason as the film's? There are bills to pay and the show's investors would like a return.

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I think that if they sing this fun, catchy song that everyone relates to Shrek, the audience will be furious. Some reactions may include instant vomiting, and definitely include a demand for refunds.

Either that, or it's just a fun way to end the show. I'm not losing sleep.


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The only thing this changes is that the finale number, once a fairly obvious nod to gay pride and equality, is now "I'm A Believer," muting the show's only truly political point.

Fair enough, I suspect, since the film had no such political message, and just lampooned Disney.

As far as the remark about "Shrek has no creative integrity," I suppose you could say that with some honesty, since it's basically a musical-parodying musical of a movie-parodying movie. However, if Jeanine Tesori had wanted to write a musical with more "integrity," she could have just turned her talents to writing a musical about gay rights and equality, since it's a subtext she has attached to a movie that had no such subtext.

But what would really fill the pockets? "Shrek- The Musical," or "Jeanine Tesori's FREAK FLAG: A Musical for All Colors" ?

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It's when they start doing product placements on stage that we know Broadway has no shame in over commercializing.


Lol, this already happened in LEGALLY BLONDE.

Product placement to JetBlue, MTV and Red Bull and some chocolate IIRC.

I don't think it mattered though.


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Monsieur D'Arque wrote:
The only thing this changes is that the finale number, once a fairly obvious nod to gay pride and equality, is now "I'm A Believer," muting the show's only truly political point.


Wait, they replaced "This Is Our Story?"


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