- $10 for one ticket to see Shrek the Musical (up to $20 value)
- When: July 31–August 9
- Where: Levoy Theatre
- Seating: reserved
- Door time: 30 minutes prior to performance time
Shrek the Musical
Transporting its fairy-tale world from the screen to the stage, Shrek the Musical plops a lovable ogre’s swamp and a beautiful princess’s castle beneath the spotlights, populating both with a cast of familiar fairy-tale creatures. Amid tumult in the magical kingdom, Shrek and his sidekick Donkey agree to rescue the feisty Princess Fiona from her tower prison, where she is surrounded by lava and dutifully guarded by a dragon. On their way back to the kingdom, where Shrek is to deliver Fiona to the irksome Lord Farquaad, the ogre proves his lovability by winning the heart of the fair princess. Yet Fiona isn’t quite what she seems, for when night comes, she takes on a less princess-like form.
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Lindsay-Abaire and renowned composer Jeanine Tesori teamed up to adapt Shrek’s story of self-acceptance to the stage, creating 19 all-new songs that highlight the tale’s hilarity, drama, and instructions for achieving a lime-green complexion. Pinocchio and a team of other disgruntled fairy-tale characters belt out an anthem for originality with “Freak Flag,” and in a final showdown at the Cathedral of Duloc, Shrek airs his true feelings in a reprise of “Big Bright Beautiful World.” There’s one old stand-by, however—audiences can look forward to a rousing rendition of “I’m a Believer,” carried over from one of the film’s most memorable scenes. Hearts will cheer for Fiona to find her true love’s first kiss, as the irreverent cast of characters escorts her and her charming ogre to a happily-ever-after finale that, for once, does not involve catapulting the villain off into the sunset.
There was no joy—or Puccini—in Millville when the Wilson Opera House burned to rubble in 1898. Thankfully for entertainment seekers, the Levoy Theatre rose from those ashes just 10 years later, starting out as a silent movie hall and vaudeville house in 1908. As with many theaters in the National Register of Historic Places, the Levoy witnessed vaudeville's demise when Warner Brothers turned it into a movie house in 1930. It saw great success throughout the '40s, but then suffered 36 years of vacancy during the age of the multiplexes. Then, in 1998, the Levoy Theater Preservation Society formed to save the landmark from extinction and restore its luster. Today, the marquee, facade, and interiors mirror the Levoy of the 1920s, and brand-new seats and a souped-up sound system help audiences forget about the world outside. The theater's diverse array of programming includes music concerts, dance productions, movies, and comedies, as well as dramas and musicals by The Off Broad Street Players, its resident theater company. But despite the times, the Levoy hasn't forgotten its roots, and at its 2013 reopening the silent films of Charles Chaplin and Buster Keaton graced the screen, accompanied by a ragtime orchestra.