Shrek: Ugly, crude, and proud of it
Autumn Ness and Reed Sigmund.
Photo by Dan Norman
The musical version of Shrek has always been a "meh" proposition for me. Sure, there are laughs, a few good songs, and a solid message about being true to yourself. Then again, you can find those in the original book and film, and neither of those require a special night out to enjoy.
Best of all, we get Reed Sigmund and Autumn Ness as Shrek and Princess Fiona. As individuals, they bring out not just the comedy of the roles, but also all of their flaws and foibles. The pair, who are a couple off the stage as well, have tons of chemistry together, which makes you really root for them to get together (even though we all know they will in the end).
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