The mayor was there. So were Shrek, Fiona and Donkey. Well, actually it was Brian D’Arcy James, Sutton Foster and Chester Gregory II, the actors who play the three characters from “Shrek the Musical.”
They showed today at Downstairs at the 5th, the underground concourse beneath the 5th Avenue Theatre, along with Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels, to tout the upcoming run of the new multimillon-dollar stage production.
As TV and newspaper photographers recorded the event, the mayor spoke of the Emerald City’s growing prominence as an out-of-town launching pad for Broadway musicals based on movies. “Hairspray” got its start in Seattle. So did “Young Frankenstein.” And now “Shrek.”
James and Foster spoke in support of the Seattle’s Climate Action Now summer transportation initiative that is intended to make people forsake their cars and use public transportation to get to the performances. It’s a green initiative, you see, and the ogre is green, and so that sort of makes sense, I guess.
Gregory wrapped things up by singing one of the original tunes from the show. And then he and the other cast members went back into rehearsals, which are now in progress.
The production will be onstage at the 5th Avenue from Aug. 14 to Sept. 21. It’s scheduled to open in New York City in November.