It’s almost impossible to bring a grand musical production to a minute stage, but the Alhambra Theater & Dining has done it again with “Shrek the Musical”. This is Broadway with a Jacksonville flare – and it ain’t country. Even if you’ve seen it before in JAX or elsewhere, this musical is best served with a tantalizing dinner and fairytale characters that get up-close-&-personal with the audience at the end.
So many fairytale creatures are represented at the Alhambra’s “Shrek the Musical” including Pinocchio (Ryan Fitzgerald), the Fairy Godmother (Jocelyn Geronimo), Peter Pan (Cory Escobar), Mad Hatter (Nick Jones), the Pied Piper (Jereme Raickett) and many others. Will you be able to name each character as they come onstage?
David Raimo portrays Shrek with a marvelous Scottish accent as he banters back and forth with Donkey (Cornelius Davis) who is a very fine steed indeed. You may remember Cornelius, who played Harpo in the Alhambra’s “The Color Purple”. As Donkey, he is hilarious and is ‘the bomb’ with the 3 Blind Mice singing “Make A Move”.
Jessica Booth (Fiona) sings and dances her way across the stage in fine form. You may also recall Jessica as the Narrator in “Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat”. Get ready to applaud the harmony of Shrek, Donkey and Friona when they sing “Who I’d Be”; then prepare yourself for some tap-dancing-mice in the second act that will encourage your little tappers to keep up their lessons.
Seasoned actor Jason Nettle (Lord Farquaad) is also not a stranger to the Alhambra stage. The man is on his knees now, but he stood tall in Phantom and other Alhambra productions.
If Dragon’s alter ego (Tarra Conner Jones) looks and sounds familiar, it’s because she blew the roof off a juke-joint and a church in the Alhambra presentation of “The Color Purple”. And this time she is also Shrek’s Mama.
The stage sets, props and costumes are ‘off-the-chain’ and there is color everywhere. Compliments to the Production Staff (choreography, lights, set design, direction, sound, costumes and others found in the program) who make the difference in what you’ll see and hear.
Unlike other venues, all the seats in the Alhambra are the same price and the stage can pleasantly be viewed from all angles. This promises to be a ‘sell-out’ show, so you may want to take advantage of the special family pricing and take your family, visiting relatives and guests to see “Shrek the Musical” while they’re here in JAX.
“Shrek the Musical” is presented by Dr.O ® Pediatric Associates of Jacksonville, who is underwriting part of the program to help support the arts and promote live theater to children & families. Take a look at the savings and call the Alhambra today!
Show Times: 8:00 p.m. for evening shows Tuesday through Sunday. Doors open at 5:45 p.m., and dinner will be served until 7:30 p.m. Matinees on Saturday are at 1:15 p.m. Doors open at 11:00 a.m. and the brunch starts at 11:15 a.m. Sunday matinee is at 2:00 p.m. Doors open at noon and the meal starts at 12:15 p.m.
Tickets: Regular pricing for tickets start at $47.00. Preview night pricing for the first two nights (June 11 & 12, 2014) are available for $38.00. Ticket price includes dinner, show and parking. Group sales are available. Price does not include gratuity or orders from the bar.
Summer Show Special Package: “Family Adventure Pack $148.00, (see Slide Show).