Dreamworks Shrek

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David Lindsay-Abaire
Buch, Liedtexte
Kevin Schroeder Kevin Schroeder
Deutsche Fassung
Jeanine Tesori Jeanine Tesori
Heiko Wohlgemuth Heiko Wohlgemuth
Deutsche Fassung


Ort & Zeit der Handlung: Märchenwelt / Duloc, zu einer unbekannten Zeit

Akt 1

The story begins with an ogre named Shrek telling the audience of his childhood, and how, on his seventh birthday, his parents send him out of their house and into the world to make his living. They warn him that because of his looks, everyone will hate him, and he will not have a happy ending.

A few years later, an embittered, grown up Shrek is living contentedly alone in a swamp ("Big Bright Beautiful World"). However, his solitude is disrupted when a band of fairytale creatures show up on his property, including Pinocchio, The Three Bears, The Three Little Pigs, a Wicked Witch, The Big Bad Wolf, Peter Pan, Ugly Duckling, Fairy Godmother, The White Rabbit, Mad Hatter, Sugar Plum Fairy, Humpty Dumpty, and the Shoemaker's Elf. They explain of their banishment from the Kingdom of Duloc, by order of the diminutive Lord Farquaad, who exiled them for being freaks and will have them put to death if ever they return ("Story of My Life").

Even so, Shrek decides to travel to see Farquaad and try to regain his privacy, along with getting the Fairytale Creatures their homes back (but mostly to get his privacy back), with much encouragement from Pinocchio and the gang ("The Goodbye Song").

Along the way, Shrek rescues a talkative donkey from some of Farquaad's guards. In return for rescuing him, and in return offers his friendship, Donkey insists on tagging along to show him the way to Duloc ("Don't Let Me Go"), to which Shrek reluctantly agrees to, due to him being lost.

Meanwhile, in Castle Duloc, Farquaad is torturing Gingy the Gingerbread Man into revealing the whereabouts of other Fairytale Creatures that are still hiding in the Kingdom so he can have them arrested as well. They are interrupted by one of his henchman, Thelonious, who reveals that Farquaad's guards have acquired the Magic Mirror. Farquaad then sends Gingy to the swamp where he meets the Fairytale Creatures. The Mirror reveals that Princess Fiona is currently trapped in a castle surrounded by lava and guarded by a fire-breathing dragon. Farquaad decides to marry her to become king, and rushes out to prepare for the wedding before the Mirror can tell him what happens to Fiona at night. The Mirror then shows the audience the story of Fiona's childhood.

A seven-year-old Fiona dreams of the brave knight who, as her storybooks tell her, will one day rescue her from her tower and end her mysterious curse with "True Love's First Kiss". As she grows into a teenager, and then a headstrong woman, she becomes a little bit stir-crazy and bi-polar, but she never loses her faith in her fairytales ("I Know It's Today").

Shrek and Donkey arrive in Duloc where Farquaad expresses his love for his kingdom, accompanied by his cheerful cookie-cut army of Duloc Dancers ("Welcome to Duloc" / "What's Up, Duloc?"). They approach Farquaad, with him being impressed by Shrek's size and appearance. Farquaad demands that Shrek rescue Fiona, and in return, he will give Shrek the deed to his swamp ("What's Up, Duloc? (Reprise)").

The two unlikely friends set off to find Fiona, with Shrek becoming increasingly annoyed with Donkey as time progresses ("Travel Song"). After crossing the rickety old bridge and arriving at the castle, Shrek sets off alone to rescue Fiona while Donkey encounters a ferocious female dragon who initially wants to eat him, but then wants to keep him for her own after Donkey manages to charm her ("Donkey Pot Pie"/"Forever"). When Shrek finds Fiona, his lack of interest in playing out her desired, romantic rescue scene annoys her, and drags her off by force. The two of them reunite with Donkey and all three attempt to escape while being chased by the angry Dragon. Shrek traps Dragon and they get to a safe point ("This Is How A Dream Comes True").

Fiona then insists that Shrek reveal his identity and is shocked that her rescuer is an Ogre and not the Prince Charming her stories indicated. Shrek explains that he is merely her champion; instead, she is to marry Farquaad. The trio begin their journey back to Duloc, but Fiona becomes apprehensive as the sun begins to set. She insists that they rest for the night and that she spends the night, alone, in a nearby cave. Donkey and Shrek remain awake, with Donkey asking Shrek who he would be, if he did not have to be an ogre anymore. As Shrek opens up to Donkey on who he would wish to be, Fiona transforms into an Ogress as part of her curse that happens during sunset, stands apart, alone, and listens ("Who I'd Be").

Akt 2

The next day, Princess Fiona rises early and sings with a bluebird and dances with a deer (before making the bird explode and throwing the deer off a cliff) and assists the Pied Piper in his rat-charming duties ("Morning Person"). Shrek brings down her mood by attempting to give subtle hints about her groom-to-be ("Men of Farquaad's stature are in short supply", "He's very good at small talk", etc.) and mocking her tragic childhood circumstances. The two begin a contest of trying to one-up each other to outdo the others' backstory, but end up revealing their respective pasts ("I Think I Got You Beat"). Both admit to being thrown out by their parents; this connection, as well as bonding over a love of disgusting bodily noises, kindles friendship.

Back in Duloc, Lord Farquaad plans his wedding, and he reveals his own sordid heritage after The Magic Mirror insists that Farquaad should invite his father, but Farquaad refuses, explaining how he abandoned him as a child ("The Ballad of Farquaad").

As Shrek and Fiona's newfound camaraderie grows into love, Donkey insists, with the help of the Three Blind Mice, that Shrek should gather his courage and romantically engage Fiona ("Make a Move"). Shrek, finally beginning to come out of his caustic, protective shell, tries to find the words to explain his feelings to Fiona ("When Words Fail").

While Shrek is out finding a flower for Fiona, Donkey discovers that Fiona turns into an ogress at night, and she confesses that she was cursed as a child, which is why she was locked away in the tower. Only a kiss from her true love will return her to her proper form, and she asks Donkey to promise never to tell. Shrek arrives near the end of the conversation and misunderstands Fiona's description of herself as an ugly beast, to which he thinks she is talking about him. Hurt by her presumed opinion, Shrek storms off.

The next day, transformed back to her human form, Fiona decides to tell Shrek about her curse ("Morning Person (Reprise)"). When Fiona tries to explain, Shrek rebuffs her with his "ugly beast" overhearing, causing Fiona in turn to misunderstand. During the night, Shrek goes and tells Lord Farquaad where he, and the Princess are. Farquaad then arrives to claim Fiona and tells Shrek he has cleared the swamp of the Fairytale Creatures, and now belongs to Shrek again.

And while not very impressed with Farquaad, Fiona agrees to marry him and insists that they have the wedding before sunset. As Farquaad and Fiona ride back to Duloc, Donkey tries to explain the misunderstanding to Shrek (who is too angry to listen), and Shrek rejects him as well, declaring that he will return to his swamp alone and build a wall to shield himself from the world ("Build a Wall").

Meanwhile, the Fairytale Creatures now head for a landfill which is to be their new home, since they have been evicted from the swamp. After dealing with the fact that Shrek broke his promise to them, they start agreeing that Farquaad's treatment of them is intolerable; Just because they are freaks does not mean they deserve to be hated, and start deciding on doing something about it. But a bitter Pinocchio (remembering they are not allowed back in the Kingdom, or they will be executed), not wanting his friends to get hurt, suggests they should just keep going, and wait until everything blows over; all the while, wishing to be a real boy. The gang convince Pinocchio that they need to stand up to Farquaad, while also inspiring him to accept who he is, as all of them have accepted who they are. They gather new confidence and strength in themselves, as they declare that they'll raise their "Freak Flag" high against their tormentors ("Freak Flag"). Now realizing that they have become something more than friends; but have become a family, Pinocchio and the gang, prepare to go to Duloc and stand up to Farquaad, once and for all.

Shrek has returned to his once again, private swamp, but he misses Fiona. Donkey shows up attempting to seal off his half of the swamp with stone boulders, which Shrek rebuffs. In turn, Donkey angrily berates Shrek for his reclusive and stubborn habits, even to the point of driving off Fiona. An angered Shrek reveals he heard her talking about a hideous creature the night before, and Donkey retorts that they were not talking about him, but of 'someone else'. When a confused Shrek inquires who it was, Donkey, wanting to keep his promise, and still cross with Shrek, refuses to talk. When Shrek apologizes, and extends his friendship, Donkey forgives him. The two then go back to Duloc, to which Shrek interrupts the wedding before Farquaad can kiss Fiona, and Fiona convinces him to let Shrek speak with her. Shrek finally finds the words to express his feelings for Fiona, and he declares his love for her ("Big Bright Beautiful World (Reprise)"). However, his declaration of love is mocked by Lord Farquaad. Caught between love and her desire to break the curse, Fiona tries to escape the event.

Just then, the Fairytale Creatures storm into the wedding and protest their banishment. They are accompanied by Grumpy, one of the Seven Dwarfs, who reveals that he is Farquaad's father and he kicked Farquaad out at the age of 28 when he wouldn't move out of the basement, revealing Farquaad is a freak, as well. During the argument, the sun sets, causing Fiona to turn into an ogress in front of everyone. Farquaad, furious and disgusted over the change, orders that Shrek be killed and Fiona banished back to her tower. As Farquaad proclaims himself the new King, Shrek whistles for the Dragon, who has now escaped the castle (and is the reason Shrek and Donkey got to the wedding in time). Dragon then crashes through the window with Donkey and incinerates Farquaad with her fire breath.

With Farquaad dead, Shrek and Fiona admit their love for each other, and share true love's first kiss. Fiona's curse is broken and she takes her true form: an Ogress. At first, she is ashamed of her looks, but Shrek declares that she is still beautiful. The two ogres begin a new life together (along with Donkey, and the Fairytale Creatures), as everyone celebrates what makes them special ("This Is Our Story") and all live happily ever after ("I'm A Believer").


Akt 1

1 Ouvertüre
2 Schöne, strahlende Welt
Big Bright Beautiful World
3 Was für'n Märchen ist das?
Story Of My Life
4 Abschiedslied
The Goodbye Song
Shrek, sowie das Ensemble
5 Lass mich nicht geh'n
Don't Let Me Go
6 Ferien für Duloc / Wie geht's Duloc?
Welcome to Duloc / What's Up, Duloc
Lord Farquaad
7 Heut' ist der Tag
I Know It's Today
kleine Fiona, Teen Fiona, und Prinzessin Fiona
8 Wanderlied
Travel Song
Esel, und Shrek
9 Für immer
Stimme des Drachen, und Esel
10 So werden Träume wahr
This Is How A Dream Comes True
Prinzessin Fiona, Shrek, Esel, und Stimme des Drachen
11 So möcht' ich sein
Who I'd Be
Shrek, Prinzessin Fiona, und Esel

Akt 2

1 Entr'Acte Intrumental
2 Der frühe Vogel
Morning Person
Prinzessin Fiona, sowie das Ensemble
3 Ich glaub', das schlägst du nie
I Think I Got You Beat
Prinzessin Fiona, und Shrek
4 Farquaads Ballade
The Ballad Of Farquaad
Lord Farquaad, sowie das Ensemble
5 Du musst dich einfach trau'n
Make A Move
6 Nur ein Wort
When Words Fail
7 Der frühe Vogel (Reprise)
Morning Person (Reprise)
Prinzessin Fiona
8 Ich mauer mich ein
Build A Wall
9 Freie Fahrt für Freaks
Freak Flag
10 Eine schöne, strahlende Welt (Reprise)
Big Bright Beautiful World (Reprise)
11 Was für ein Märchen
This Is Our Story
Prinzessin Fiona, Shrek, und Esel
12 I'm A Believer Shrek, Prinzessin Fiona, und Esel, sowie das Ensemble


Laurence Olivier Award

1 Gewinn3 Nominierungen

Jahr Kategorie Künstler*innen Status
2012 Best Costume Design Tim Hatley nominiert
2012 Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical Nigel Harman gewonnen
2012 Best Actor in a Musical Nigel Lindsay nominiert
2012 Best New Musical nominiert

Grammy Award

1 Nominierung

Jahr Kategorie Künstler*innen Status
2009 Best Musical Show Album nominiert

Drama Desk Award

3 Gewinne9 Nominierungen

Jahr Kategorie Künstler*innen Status
2009 Outstanding Costume Design Tim Hatley gewonnen
2009 Outstanding Set Design Tim Hatley gewonnen
2009 Outstanding Orchestrations Danny Troob nominiert
2009 Outstanding Lyrics David Lindsay-Abaire nominiert
2009 Outstanding Music Jeanine Tesori nominiert
2009 Outstanding Director of a Musical Jason Moore nominiert
2009 Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical Christopher Sieber nominiert
2009 Outstanding Actress in a Musical Sutton Foster nominiert
2009 Outstanding Actor in a Musical Daniel Breaker nominiert
2009 Outstanding Actor in a Musical Brian d'Arcy James gewonnen
2009 Outstanding Book of a Musical David Lindsay-Abaire nominiert
2009 Outstanding Musical nominiert

Tony Award

1 Gewinn7 Nominierungen

Jahr Kategorie Künstler*innen Status
2009 Best Costume Design Tim Hatley gewonnen
2009 Best Orchestrations Danny Troob und John Clancy nominiert
2009 Best Featured Actor in a Musical Christopher Sieber nominiert
2009 Best Actress in a Musical Sutton Foster nominiert
2009 Best Actor in a Musical Brian d'Arcy James nominiert
2009 Best Original Score Jeanine Tesori und David Lindsay-Abaire nominiert
2009 Best Book of a Musical David Lindsay-Abaire nominiert
2009 Best Musical nominiert

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