[Review] Shrek The Musical

Ermaly Aminah Erwinputri

Director: Jason Moore & Rob Ashford

Tour Director: Nigel Harman

Music: Jeanine Tesori

Book & Lyrics: David Lindsay-Abaire

Choreography: Josh Prince

Set & Costume Design: Tim Hatley

Lighting Designer: Hugh Vanstone

Producer: Dreamworks Theatrical & Neal Street Productions

Producer and General Manager: Playful Productions

Author of The Book “Shrek”: William Steig

Last Tuesday I went back home to Jakarta to watch a musical and it is about Shrek. The musical was a Broadway original and fortunately my family got free platinum tickets to watch it. Many people already know the story of Shrek from watching the movies. I personally have not seen the first Shrek movie, but generally know how the story goes.


Shrek is a big green ogre. In the beginning of the musical, Shrek told a story that when he was just a little 7-year-old boy, his parents kicks him out from the house and told Shrek that he must live on his own and get his own life, so he ends up living alone in the swamps. Then Princess Fiona took Shrek’s storybook, throw it away and read her own storybook. She told that when she was 7 years old, her parents locked her on a tower guarded by a fire-breathing dragon and has to wait for someone to rescue her. Years later, Shrek found out that a ruler named Lord Farquaad has declared that all fairytale creatures is banish from the land and the fairytale creatures end up in Shrek’s swamp. Shrek march up and went to see Lord Farquaad to ask for his swamp back. On the way, he met a talking and very loud donkey that was chased by a group of armored men. Shrek scares the armored men and donkey decided to accompany him on his journey as a thank you for saving his life. Lord Farquaad wants to be King of Duloc and made Shrek a deal that if he rescues Princess Fiona for him, he will give Shrek his swamp back. Shrek and Donkey went to rescue the princess and on their way back, Shrek began to fall in love with her, but she is hiding a huge secret. When the sunsets the lovely Princess Fiona turn into an ogre all through the night and turn back into a human in the morning. When Princess Fiona was about to marry Lord Farquaad, Shrek came and tell her how he feels. But when Lord Farquaad’s men try to arrest Shrek, Fiona confess that he has feelings for Shrek and when Farquaad find out about Fiona’s secret he was disgusted. In the end, Shrek and Fiona live happily together in the swamps along with their new friends the other fairytale creatures.

Overall, the musical was amazing. When I watch it, I feel like I am in a part of the world being played on stage. Like, some girl has a dream of being a Broadway star and she always watch them since she was a little girl until now. A little girl that always took drama class and dreaming of going to Julliard’s the best school for the performing arts. I feel like I was in Manhattan, New York, watching an actual Broadway show.

They can sing, act and dance; they’re the whole package.

Their voices are amazingly high and melodious. Their mimics are spot on. And they can do any dance; ballet, tap, you name it, they can do it. Their costumes and makeup are beautiful and flawless. The stage, all off the lightings and property, were put together properly perfect. The dancers were beautiful. The orchestra assembly was beautifully rhythmical, following and accompanying the play. The energy, the atmosphere, and everything was spot on perfect.

The actress playing Fiona, Bronté Barbé, has a great voice and dances beautifully. She portrayed her character very well. She can both play the nice innocent beautiful princess and also the whining, constantly mood changing, annoying spoiled brat.

The actor playing Donkey, Idriss Kargbo, was seriously funny. He was very energetic. I wonder if he is ever tired, because by the look of his face, he was always happy, smiling and very talkative. And his actions, even just walking, he does it in a ridiculous way and he doesn’t look exhausted at all.

And Lord Farquaad, Gerard Carey, had to walk on his knees because he is playing a half man. I’m guessing he has strong knees, cause he have to do it for the entire show and it’s about 2 and a half hour long. But his acting, mimic, voice and dancing (even though he is walking on his knees) were amazing. He even spoke some Indonesian words, like “satu, dua, enam ratus”. He, same as the donkey, was hilarious. I literally laugh out loud.


You might notice that I constantly use the word “amazing”. This is because for me, the show was absolutely amazing, fantastic, shrektacular, and I am giving them my standing applause. The musical is a totally new experience for me. I don’t usually like plays, especially musicals, but for me, this show is too amazing not to be liked.



Pictures: self-captured

Word Count: 799

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