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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | March 25, 2011
Before the hapless "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" started doing its accident-prone thing in an endless run of preview performances, the record-holder for costliest Broadway show was "Shrek the Musical. " The latter's $25 million price tag in 2008 seems downright puny compared to the $65 million already caught in the web of that other thing, but at least "Shrek" doesn't seem to present any dangers to cast or audience — not even the danger of being bored. To be sure, this venture from DreamWorks Theatricals and Neal Street Productions doesn't pack quite the visual or comic punch of the 2001 DreamWorks animated movie that inspired it. Still, as the national touring production of "Shrek" currently at the Hippodrome makes plain, the musical provides a lot of good old-fashioned family entertainment, with cute (and crude)
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By Mike Giuliano | April 25, 2014
The moral lesson in "Shrek the Musical" is that it's important to accept people who are different; and the title character, who is a green-hued ogre, definitely qualifies as different. It's easy to learn this lesson in the festive production running at Toby's Dinner Theatre of Columbia. Derived from the 2001 animated movie, this 2008 Broadway show makes sure the moral of the story is not overwhelmed by all of the colorful costumes, fairy tale complications and playground-level jokes.
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By Mike Giuliano | April 25, 2014
The moral lesson in "Shrek the Musical" is that it's important to accept people who are different; and the title character, who is a green-hued ogre, definitely qualifies as different. It's easy to learn this lesson in the festive production running at Toby's Dinner Theatre of Columbia. Derived from the 2001 animated movie, this 2008 Broadway show makes sure the moral of the story is not overwhelmed by all of the colorful costumes, fairy tale complications and playground-level jokes.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | March 31, 2011
First Danielle Soibelman handed out green toy ears similar to those of the animated character Shrek, saying that she wanted each of the assembled students at the Glen Burnie Children's Guild looking "Shrekdafied. " Then the 11-year-old actress from Los Angeles, who plays young Fiona in "Shrek the Musical," offered a behind-the-scenes look at the production being performed at the Hippodrome through Sunday, April 3. She even showed the students a few choreographed moves from the musical about an ogre and his friends.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,Sun reporter | June 6, 2008
Baltimore's outdoor movie season kicks off tomorrow with an 8:30 p.m. screening of Shrek the Third in Dundalk, at the Patapsco Masonic Lodge, 2 Trading Place (next to Heritage Park) and behind the old Strand Theatre. The movie is free, and vendors will sell food. Pre-show entertainment begins at 7:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Dundalk Renaissance Corp. Information: 410-2982-0261. 'Screen Painters' The Screen Painters, a 1988 documentary on the Baltimore folk art of screen painting, will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave. in the Patterson Theatre (where the film had its premiere 20 years ago)
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By Molly Dunham and Molly Dunham,Evening Sun Staff | December 26, 1990
INTO THE sweet, pastel world of fairy princesses and handsome knights trudges the ugliest, nastiest storybook star ever imagined. His name is Shrek, and he's sure to please."
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,Sun Movie Critic | May 18, 2007
Eddie Murphy's lovable, febrile Donkey hasn't lost his kick, and Antonio Banderas' debonair Puss in Boots overflows with a ticklish feline unpredictability. But Mike Myers' Shrek and Cameron Diaz's Fiona supply the comic heart that turns Shrek the Third into a genuine slapstick fairy tale. With an original story by Andrew Adamson (who went from directing two Shreks to The Chronicles of Narnia), Shrek the Third puts a satisfying spin on the concept of Happily Ever After. It's about loosening the shackles of old scores and fears and taking your destiny into your own hands, paws or claws.
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By Jesse McKinley and Jesse McKinley,NEW YORK TIMES | October 15, 2004
NEW YORK - Placing its most successful franchise in the hands of two young theater talents with relatively short track records, the DreamWorks studio announced yesterday that a musical version of the animated film Shrek would come to Broadway under the direction of Jason Moore, best known for Avenue Q, and with a script by the playwright David Lindsay-Abaire (Fuddy Meers). An exact timetable isn't set, but Sam Mendes, the acclaimed theater and film director who is producing the project with DreamWorks, said Shrek was expected to have an out-of-town tryout in 2006, followed by a move to Broadway.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | May 19, 2004
Apart from Antonio Banderas' sizzling bout of self-parody as Puss in Boots, who boasts a slashing trademark and Latin bravado akin to Zorro's, Shrek 2 is mostly just dreck squared. With that green-skinned ogre Shrek (Mike Myers) now married to his fetching ogress Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz), the filmmakers touch on a central idea that should carry a primal kick: What happens when Shrek meets the in-laws - the King and Queen of "the Land of Far Far Away"? But co-writer/co-director Andrew Adamson and his collaborators bury that notion in a slew of sour gags depicting Far Far Away as a combination of Hollywood and Beverly Hills, complete with franchises like Pewtery Barn and upper-crust boutiques like Versarchery.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,Sun Movie Critic | May 18, 2007
When the Gingerbread Man's life flashes before his eyes in Shrek the Third, and icing covers the scars where Lord Farquaad tortured him in Shrek, you're savoring the craft of Larry Cutler, a former Marylander. When thousands of baby Shreks invade the ogre's hovel and somehow look right at home there - that's partly due to the eye of another former Marylander, Jimmy Maidens. Cutler and Maidens belong to the PDI/DreamWorks Animation empire, based in Redwood City, Calif.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | March 25, 2011
Before the hapless "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" started doing its accident-prone thing in an endless run of preview performances, the record-holder for costliest Broadway show was "Shrek the Musical. " The latter's $25 million price tag in 2008 seems downright puny compared to the $65 million already caught in the web of that other thing, but at least "Shrek" doesn't seem to present any dangers to cast or audience — not even the danger of being bored. To be sure, this venture from DreamWorks Theatricals and Neal Street Productions doesn't pack quite the visual or comic punch of the 2001 DreamWorks animated movie that inspired it. Still, as the national touring production of "Shrek" currently at the Hippodrome makes plain, the musical provides a lot of good old-fashioned family entertainment, with cute (and crude)
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | March 19, 2011
Eight times a week, Alan Mingo Jr. can't wait to make an ass of himself. The actor and singer, who spent his high school and college years in Maryland, landed the plum role of the wisecracking, hyperactive donkey in the national tour of "Shrek The Musical. " The show about a grumpy green ogre and the feisty princess he sets out to rescue arrives at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center for two weeks starting Tuesday. After graduating from Magruder High School in Rockville, Mingo received a free ride to the University of Maryland, College Park in the 1990s.
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By Matt Vensel | February 15, 2011
Occasional photo caption challenges were a staple at my old blog, and I plan on keeping the contest going here at The Baltimore Sun . The premise is simple: Come up with a clever, comical and clean caption for the picture above and you'll win a prize. With the Orioles taking the field in Sarasota today for the start of spring training, I decided I would find a fun photo of O's manager Buck Showalter. Mission accomplished (thanks to Getty Images). Whoever comes up with the best caption will get their choice of tickets to the Ringling Bros.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,Sun reporter | June 29, 2008
For years, 3-D movies have been the Rodney Dangerfields of cinema: amusing, intriguing but certainly not to be taken seriously. They were OK for 1950s-film revivals, or as amusement-park attractions, or for big-screen IMAX presentations where audiences could oooh and ahhh over whales presented life-size and the water from their blowholes practically spraying you in the face. But now the cheap thrills of 3-D are evolving into something smarter and maybe even a little more subtle. Increasingly movies - including two out next month - are banking on a level of 3-D depth that promises to go beyond gimmicky and become a new way of storytelling.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,Sun reporter | June 6, 2008
Baltimore's outdoor movie season kicks off tomorrow with an 8:30 p.m. screening of Shrek the Third in Dundalk, at the Patapsco Masonic Lodge, 2 Trading Place (next to Heritage Park) and behind the old Strand Theatre. The movie is free, and vendors will sell food. Pre-show entertainment begins at 7:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Dundalk Renaissance Corp. Information: 410-2982-0261. 'Screen Painters' The Screen Painters, a 1988 documentary on the Baltimore folk art of screen painting, will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave. in the Patterson Theatre (where the film had its premiere 20 years ago)
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June 3, 2008
Critic's Pick // Shrek (voice of Mike Myers) tries to find a new king for the Land of Far Far Away in Shrek the Third (8 p.m., HBO).
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By Athima Chansanchai and Athima Chansanchai,SUN STAFF | May 23, 2001
Although special effects and celebrity voices steal the show in the movie "Shrek," the green ogre's approach to fine dining stands out as the best example of what-you-see is not necessarily what-you-get, and that's a good thing. This is gourmet fare on a whole different level - nearly subterranean. Slugs, ants, snakes and other critters that send chills up our spines make his stomach growl with hunger. While we'd lunge for a can of Raid, he'd ask you to please pass the salt and pepper.
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By Andy Knobel and Andy Knobel,SUN STAFF | November 25, 2001
Kermit the Frog complained for years that it wasn't easy bein' green. The New York Jets can relate. They haven't been to the Super Bowl since 1969, have just one playoff victory since 1986 and have taken the AFC East just once in their history. All that - and their fans keep booing them every April at the NFL draft. Plus people keep referring to them by the repulsive nickname of "Gang Green." Such futility and abuse can make a team jittery about its image, even when things seem to be going well.
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By Michael Sragow | November 11, 2007
KILLER OF SHEEP The Charles Burnett Collection SHREK THE THIRD Paramount Home Video, Dreamworks / 29.99 Next to The Bourne Ultimatum, this summer's most satisfying three-peat, Shrek the Third, comes to DVD in all its slapstick glory. The best special feature is film of animators pitching sequences like a cross between silent clowns and standup comedians.michael.sragow@baltsun.com
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By LIZ SMITH and LIZ SMITH,TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES | November 5, 2007
IF EVER I should leave you, it wouldn't be in autumn," the really nice guy Robert Goulet used to sing. But he did. We're going to miss him. Baby boomlet Juju Chang of ABC News and Neal Shapiro, prexy of New York's PBS, welcomed a third son Nov. 1 at New York Presbyterian. He is named Mason Blake and weighed 7 pounds, 2 ounces. So maybe you already heard that the horseback riding, book-writing beauty Kelly Klein, once wed to designer Calvin Klein, is the new mom of a baby born to a surrogate mother last Thursday.
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