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Broadway finally finds its Shrek

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March 22, 2008|From the Associated Press

"Shrek the Musical" has found its Shrek.

Brian d'Arcy James will portray the green ogre in the stage adaptation of the popular DreamWorks film and the book by William Steig. The show opens Dec. 14 on Broadway.

The actor was most recently seen this season in the off-Broadway musical "Next to Normal," playing a husband confronting his wife's mental illness. He has also been on Broadway in such musicals as the 2006 revival of "The Apple Tree," "Sweet Smell of Success" and "Titanic."

The musical will also feature Chester Gregory II as the wisecracking Donkey and John Tartaglia as Pinocchio. Sutton Foster was previously announced as Princess Fiona.

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