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'Shrek the Musical' making debut appearance at IU Auditorium

Shrek the Musical, a family-friendly musical featuring comedic dialogue and catchy tunes, will perform its final show today, Nov. 17, at 7:30 p.m. at IU Auditorium.


An entirely new musical that opened on Broadway in December 2009, Shrek the Musical is based on the story and characters from William Steig's book Shrek!, as well as the DreamWorks Animation film Shrek, the first chapter of the Shrek movie series.

Shrek the Musical tells the story of Shrek, an ogre whose top priority is to maintain isolation in his swamp. After Lord Farquaad banishes fairy tale characters to Shrek's swamp, Shrek must travel great lengths and overcome many obstacles to regain his privacy. The plot takes a twist when he rescues the feisty Princess Fiona, who eventually reveals an astonishing secret that brings the pair closer together.

Shrek the Musical was initiated when Sam Mendes, a big fan of the first Shrek film, suggested the idea of creating a musical to DreamWorks Animation's Jeffrey Katzenberg around the time the second film was in production. Since that time, the musical has been nominated for a Grammy for Best Musical Show Album, has performed across the globe, and is currently touring through the United States and London. Shrek the Musical has also won a Tony Award for Best Costume Design of a Musical and four Outer Critics Circle Awards.

Shrek the Musical at IU Auditorium is sponsored by IU Credit Union and Southern Indiana Pediatrics. IU Auditorium's 2011-12 season is presented by Curry Auto Center, B97, The Herald-Times, IU Document Service Center and IU Residential Programs and Services.

If you go
Tickets are $20 to $41 for IU Bloomington students with a valid ID and for children and $38 to $60 for the general public, on sale now. Individual tickets may be purchased online at, in person at the IU Auditorium Box Office, as well as through, all Ticketmaster outlets or charge by phone at 800-745-3000. The IU Auditorium Box Office is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.