Shrek, the monsterous musical adaptation of the DreamWorks film franchise, with music by Jeanine Tesori and book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire, has its sights set on London. This would be the next step in “montetizing” – the fancy term DreamWorks is using that basically means that they intend to milk the Shrek franchise for every cent it can, whether it’s worth it or not – the property and Baz Bamigboye is reporting in The Daily Mail that the show plans to open at the London Palladium in October 2010. One wrinkle that has yet to be ironed out is that Sister Act, the current tenant of that theatre, has already extended their run until December 2010 – so it seems that Sister Act will either have to close or move by then.
It’s like Shrek wants to become the Lord Farquaad of musical theatre productions. It’s uncanny – ironic, even – that Shrek has become the very thing it was satirizing in the first place.