NEW YORK (AP) – The Broadway adaptation of the popular “Shrek” movies will open in December, and casting will be held over the summer to fill the lead role of the lovable ogre.

“Shrek the Musical” will open Dec. 14 at the Broadway Theatre, with preview performances beginning Nov. 8, Bill Damaschke, president of DreamWorks Theatricals, announced Monday. An out-of-town tryout will be held at Seattle’s Fifth Avenue Theatre in August and September.

There is no word on who will play Shrek or his friend Donkey, but Princess Fiona will be Sutton Foster, currently starring as Inga in “Young Frankenstein.” Foster has appeared in such Broadway musicals as “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” “Little Women” and “The Drowsy Chaperone.”

Christopher Sieber, a member of the original cast of “Monty Python’s Spamalot,” will play the evil Lord Farquaad while Kecia Lewis-Evans will be the Dragon.

“Shrek,” which will be directed by Jason Moore, has book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire and music by Jeanine Tesori. It is based on the book by William Steig as well as the movies.


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