'Shrek' Broadway musical in the works

Oct. 15, 2004 at 3:39 PM

NEW YORK, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- DreamWorks is turning its successful film "Shrek" into a Broadway musical, the New York Times reported Friday.

Studio officials announced Thursday it had signed "Avenue Q" director Jason Moore and relatively new playwright David Lindsay-Abaire to the project.

Sam Mendes, veteran film and theater producer who is heading up the musical for DreamWorks, said he will name a composer soon.

Although Moore received a Tony nomination for "Avenue Q," "Shrek" will be the director's biggest undertaking to date.

"There's a supreme challenge in bringing an animated world to the stage and making it theatrical. But what's so wonderful about 'Shrek' is that anarchic attitude placed in a fairy tale world that I think will thrive onstage," he said.

"Shrek" is Lindsay-Abaire's first Broadway play after success on off-Broadway productions of "Kimberly Akimbo" and "Fuddy Meers."

The musical tentatively is scheduled to debut in 2006 for an out-of-town showing followed by a move to Broadway, the Times said.

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