SHREK, the new Broadway-bound musical, with music by Jeanine Tesori, book and lyrics by Pulitzer Prize-winner David Lindsay-Abaire, and directed by Jason Moore, is looking for a Shrek and a Donkey to star on Broadway!
Produced by DreamWorks Animation and Neal Street Productions, Ltd. (principals Sam Mendes and Caro Newling), the SHREK creative team is planning a two-week reading this summer (July 23- August 3rd) in New York which will be followed by a Broadway opening in 2008!
The creative team is male seeking performers of all cultural backgrounds for these roles.
SHREK: 20s - 30s. An ogre. His imposing physical appearance disguises a warm heart. A lonely outsider with soul, strength, and wit. Values his peaceful solitary life in the swamp. Seeking actors with a powerful presence and strength with true Rock or R&B voices. Preferably a baritone.
DONKEY: 20s - 30s. A performer with a contemporary, urban edge and great humor. Joins Shrek on his journey to capture Princess Fiona. Seeking unique performers especially from slam poetry, comedy, Hip Hop worlds or clever actors with great comic skill.
Anyone, no matter how Far Far Away, can try and audition for these roles! If you or a friend think you have what it takes to play Shrek or Donkey, follow the directions below:
1. Make a video recording of yourself singing one song and copy it on to a DVD. (No lip-syncing please -- must be live!) Please clearly label the DVD with your name and contact information.
2. Take a photograph of yourself and print it out, or if you have one, send a copy of your headshot.
3. Put together a resume or list of background experience and, VERY IMPORTANT, your contact information -- including address, phone and e-mail.
4. BY SNAIL MAIL send items 1, 2 and 3 to:
I Want To Be Shrek
PO Box 2693
New York, NY 10108
YOU MUST SUBMIT THIS MATERIAL BY FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2007
KEEP COPIES OF ANYTHING YOU SEND. The DVD and any other materials you send in will be retained by and will become the sole property of the Producers, and will not be returned to you whether or not you are considered for a role. The Producers are not responsible for lost, stolen, or incorrectly mailed materials. The Producers will not be able to answer questions about the receipt or status of any materials.
For updated information please go to: iwanttobeshrek.com/
For those living under a rock in a swamp: Based on a children's book by William Steig, the character of Shrek has been featured in two major animated films to date. The first Shrek feature film hit theaters in the Summer of 2001, and went on to win the first-ever Academy Award® for Best Animated Feature. In 2004, DreamWorks released a sequel, Shrek 2, which went on to become the highest-grossing animated film of all time. The next chapter of the Shrek story, Shrek the Third, hits theaters this May 18, 2007.