Have you had the chance to go and watch Shrek the Musical? Did you love it that much that you want to watch it again and again? Or maybe you just haven’t had the time to go and watch it in the theatre
Well, Now you can have the best seat in the house and bring the magic home with you on a Deluxe Edition Blu-ray and DVD, Shrek the musical was filmed live on stage with 10 cameras, flawlessly capturing the magic of the performance making it available to everyone to watch.
Shrek the Musical tells the story of a swamp-dwelling ogre who goes on a life changing adventure to reclaim the deed to his land. The ogre who loves the solitude in his swamp, finds his life interrupted when many fairytale characters are exiled into his swamp by order of the fairytale-hating Lord Farquaad. When they tell him they have no where else to go Shrek tells them that he will go ask Farquaad to send them back.
Shrek and the wise cracking Donkey travel to Farquaad’s palace. In order to become a king, Lord Farquaad enlists the help of the green ogre Shrek to go rescue the Princess Fiona from a tower fortress being guarded by a fire-breathing dragon so he can marry her. Though Shrek isn’t looking for any friends, he and Donkey do develop a bond on their quest, and once he meets Fiona, the nasty Ogre begins to develop tender, romantic feelings for the first time even though he knows she’s promised to another, Shrek learns that friendship and true love aren’t only found in fairytales.
“The musical is based on the story and characters from William Steig’s book Shrek!, as well as the DreamWorks Animation film and features a book and lyrics by Pulitzer Prize winner, David Lindsay-Abaire, music by Olivier Award winner Jeanine Tesori, and is directed by Tony Award Nominee Jason Moore. Shrek the Musical is produced by DreamWorks Theatricals and Neal Street Production ltd.”
I knew from the start that this DVD would be a huge hit with my boys, Jak has performed a number of the hits from the show in his Theatre productions with theatre school, So I knew for sure that he would enjoy watching it, as well as the other two boys who love to sing. The boys sat down to watch the Musical DVD, with popcorn in hand and a blanket wrapped round them on the living room floor (they couldn’t get near enough to the screen!)
And this is where they stayed until the Musical had finished!
The boys were mesmerised! They sang along with the songs that they knew and laughed at the parts that were funny.
I asked the boys a few questions on the DVD;
Who is your favourite character and why?
Joseph: Donkey because he made me laugh
Jak: Pinocchio because he was extremely funny and I liked how his nose grew as he lied
What was your favourite part of the musical?
Joseph: It was the part when Donkey tried to become friends with Shrek and he sang ’Dont let me go’
Jak: It was the part when Shrek sang to Princess Fiona in the wedding scene and she turned into an Ogre
What is your favourite song from the Musical?
Joseph: Dont let me go
Jak: ‘I know it’s today’ as this is the song i sang in my theatre show
What is your overall opinion of the Musical?
Joseph: I would give it 10/10
Jak: I really enjoyed the DVD and would love to see it live as i think it is a five star musical.
Shrek the Musical on DVD is enchanting, magical, witty and very enjoyable for the whole family. The Songbook is an extra on the DVD where the show comes to life and you can sing a long to your favourite songs from the show.
The DVD is available from 2nd December ’13 on Blu-ray priced at £24.99, £19.99 DVD and £9.99 Digital
We was sent a copy of the DVD for the purposes of this review