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'Shrek' musical gets new Donkey

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October 01, 2008|From the Associated Press

There's been a shake-up at "Shrek the Musical" as it prepares for its Broadway opening.

The mammoth DreamWorks musical based on the Oscar-winning animated film and the characters in William Steig's book will have a new Donkey when it begins preview performances Nov. 8 at the Broadway Theatre.

Daniel Breaker, a Tony nominee for his performance last season in "Passing Strange," will take over the role played by Chester Gregory during the show's recent Seattle tryout. Gregory has been seen most recently on Broadway in "Cry-Baby" and has appeared in "Tarzan" and "Hairspray" as well.

"Shrek" opens officially Dec. 14. It features Brian d'Arcy James as the green ogre, Sutton Foster as Princess Fiona, Christopher Sieber as the evil Lord Farquaad and John Tartaglia as Pinocchio.

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