Shrek the Musical arrives in Romania. Horia Brenciu and Dan Helciug in the role of the sympathetic trapper

From Broadway in Bucharest, the famous musical Shrek premieres on June 8 and 9 at Sala Palatului. Horia Brenciu and Dan Helciug in the role of the sympathetic trapper

The Oscar-winning story of Shrek will be performed on the Palace Hall stage

One of the most famous and moving stories of all time, which became the best animated film and staged for the first time on Broadway, premieres in Romania.

Horia Brenciu in Shrek jpg

The musical Shrek, directed by Răzvan Ioan Dincă, will take place on the stage of the Palace Hall on June 8 and 9, and the role of the famous and likeable ogre will have a double cast: Horia Brenciu and Dan Helciug.

Dan Helciug in Shrek jpg

Along with them, Oana Laura Gabriela and Bianca Purcărea played the role of Fiona, Adrian Nour (Donkey), Julie Mayaya (Dragonita), Andrei Petre and Ernest Fazekaș (Lord Farquuad).

The show is produced by the Bucharest National Opera and, the same team behind other successful productions such as “Phantom of the Opera”, “Mamma Mia” and “My Fair Lady”.

Shrek the Musical, dynamic scenography, elaborate costumes, choreography with personality

“Shrek the Musical will have dynamic sets, elaborate costumes, choreography with personality, stage effects, lights and video that will give the show a current air, but also an aesthetic relevant to the digital world of our century. Shrek is a show for the whole family that will amuse you, surprise you, but at the same time invite introspection and exploration of your own emotions. It's a show about friendship and the difference between appearance and essence, a metaphor for the transformations humanity goes through, basically a re-affirmation of the stories of our childhood.” transmit the representatives of the production.

Shrek will be three hours long, with an intermission, based on the animated film of the same name produced by DreamWorks Animation and the book by William Steig. Shrek the Musical was originally produced on Broadway by DreamWorks Theatricals and Neal Stree Productions. The minimum recommended age is eight years. Tickets for the show are on sale in the network, and the Bucharest National Opera website, and start at 260 lei.

Shrek the Musical, a timeless story about friendship and love, for the whole family

Set in a mythical world long ago, Shrek the Musical tells the story of a giant, green ogre who, after being taunted and feared his entire life by everything and everyone in his path, retreats to a swamp to live their lives finding joy in isolation. His destiny changes as external factors cause him to step out of his comfort zone, evolve, and ultimately begin to better understand the value of friendship and love.

“What would the world be like if we were all identical, like mass-produced products? How would it be if we all sought the same ideal of beauty, if only the “perfect” ones were life models? Shrek the Musical is an adventure seasoned with story characters, with heroic scenes of rescuing the princess, with dynamic moments of escape from the dragon's claws, all in a utopian world, with fresh and humorous lines. You will discover or rediscover Shrek, an ogre who is not as scary as he seems, a princess capable of being the master of her own destiny, but also a donkey who is more empathetic than a human being.” the organizers say.

The Shrek movie, grossed over $492 million worldwide and won an Oscar

The film Shrek starred the famous American actors Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz and John Lithgow, the film was presented at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival, where it competed for the Palme d'Or, making it the first film of animation, after Peter Pan from 1953, selected in the cinematographic competition. The film was released by DreamWorks Pictures in theaters in the United States on May 18, 2001 and grossed over $492 million worldwide, becoming the fourth highest-grossing film of 2001.

The film was widely praised by critics for its animation, voice acting, soundtrack, screenplay and humor. Shrek was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay and won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. It also earned six more nominations at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), winning for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Three more films were subsequently released: Shrek 2 (2004), Shrek the Third (2007) and Shrek Forever After (2010), along with two spin-off films: Puss in Boots (2011) and Puss in Boots: The Last Wish (2022). Shrek is also considered one of the most influential animated films of the 2000s and one of the most important animated films ever made. The US Library of Congress selected Shrek for inclusion in the National Film Registry in 2020, making it the first 21st century animated film to be included on this list. In addition to being an incredible box office success, Shrek also received critical acclaim, with 88% of the film's 211 reviews on the famed Rotten Tomatoes being positive.

Director: Răzvan Ioan Dincă Music: Jeanine Tesori Libretto: David Lindsay-Abaire Conductor: Daniel Jinga Set and costume designer: Gary McCann Choreographer: Violeta Dincă Second director: Raluca Popa Second choreographer: Florin Tănase Translation and adaptation: Ernest Fazekas Lighting designer: Daniel Klinger Video designer: Vali Chincișan