|(Dragon and Donkey [Alan Mingo, Jr.] in the touring production of "Shrek: The Musical." Photo by Joan Marcus.)|
For those interested in such trivialities as the score, do not worry. There's not an iota of Hasbro elevator music. Composer Jeanine Tesori, who wrote the wonderful "Caroline, or Change," has once again displayed her limitless imagination, giving us music full of unexpected tunefulness skillfully blended with lyricist David Lindsay-Abaire's PG wit and innuendo. They have given us a work as saucy as any British panto and as infectious as any musical of the Golden Age of television, i.e. Jule Styne's "The Dangerous Christmas of Red Riding Hood."
It's hard to conceive of any living human unable to experience joy from the evening's proceedings. However, it occurs to this scribe that there are a few fictitious and deceased curmudgeons who may raise objections. For instance...
|(Senator Joseph McCarthy: "That dragon looked pretty RED to me.")|
|(Mary Martin: "Leading ladies may fly or do cartwheels, but they may not pass gas.")|
|(Popeye: "It may be green, but it ain't got any spinach.")|
|(Walt Disney: "Don't fuck with fantasy.")|
|(Jack Benny: "Well!")|
|(Mao Zedong: "Imperalist stooge ogre!")|
|(Ethel Merman: "Honey, in my day, a real star would never wear a mask or paint her kisser green.")|
"Shrek: The Musical" runs at PlayhouseSquare through Sunday, March 13. For tickets, call 216-241-6000.