Australian theatre producer John Frost has announced that Todd McKenney will play Lord Farquaad in the multi-million dollar musical comedy Shrek the Musical in the Brisbane season up until 24 May. The Broadway hit will play at the Lyric Theatre, QPAC from 9 May, following the Sydney season which closes today and the Melbourne season at Her Majesty’s Theatre from 16 February.
“I’m thrilled that Todd was able to move some of his Channel 7 commitments to remain performing with the brilliant cast of Shrek the Musical in Brisbane,” said John Frost. “Todd has received amazing reviews for his scene-stealing role in Sydney, and I’m so glad Brisbane audiences will be able to see him as the vertically challenged Lord Farquaad.
“I fell in love with the show when I saw it on Broadway and was bowled over by the way audiences responded to the social issues it covers, themes like friendship, acceptance, discrimination, inclusiveness and ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’. It’s a genuine Broadway smash hit and so funny as well as touching, appealing to everyone from 5 to 105,” added Frost. “The overwhelmingly positive audience and critical response in Sydney is testament to this.”
Todd McKenney plays Lord Farquaad opposite Ben Mingay as Shrek, Lucy Durack as Princess Fiona, Nat Jobe as Donkey and Marcia Hines as the Dragon. Taking on a multitude of roles within the fairy-tale realm are Ross Chisari (as Little Pig), Annie Chiswell (Ugly Duckling), Benjamin Colley (Pied Piper), Andy Conaghan (Wolf), Denise Devlin (Mama Bear), Mackenzie Dunn (Swing), Blake Erickson (Papa Bear), Manon Gunderson-Briggs (Gingy), Hollie James (Swing), Rubin Matters (Peter Pan), Sarah Murr (Fairy Godmother), Joshua Robson (Little Pig), Monique Sallé (Red Riding Hood), Tom Sharah (Little Pig), Leigh Sleightholme (Swing), Suzanne Steele (Wicked Witch), Rhys Velasquez (Swing), Caleb Vines (Pinocchio) and Sascha Wykes (Baby Bear).
With music by Jeanine Tesori and book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire, Shrek the Musical is based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks film Shrek and William Steig's 1990 book Shrek!
Shrek the Musical brings the story of everyone’s favourite ogre to life on the stage. In a faraway kingdom turned upside down, things get ugly when an unseemly ogre – not a handsome prince – shows up to rescue a feisty princess. Throw in a donkey who won’t shut up, a bad guy with a SHORT temper, a cookie with attitude, and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you’ve got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there’s one on hand … and his name is Shrek.
Melbourne season: Her Majesty’s Theatre, from 16 February. Performance Times: Wed-Sat 7.30pm, Matinees Wed 1pm, Sat 2pm, Sun 1pm and 6pm. From $49.90 (Transaction fees apply). Bookings: ticketek.com.au or 132 849. Groups 12+ call 1300 364 001
Brisbane season: Lyric Theatre, QPAC from 9 May. Performance Times: Wed-Sat 7.30pm, Matinees Wed 1pm, Sat 2pm, Sun 1pm and 6pm. Prices rom $49.90 (Transaction fees apply). Bookings: qpac.com.au or phone 136 246. Groups 12+ call (07) 3840 7466