The Oscar-winning film about a goofy green ogre roars onto the stage as \"Shrek the Musical\" 

"Shrek the Musical"
Civic Center Music Hall, 201 N. Walker
Wednesday-Sunday
$20-$65
297-2264, www.okcciviccenter.com.

Almost one decade ago, movie audiences met and fell in love with an unconventional Prince Charming known as Shrek.

In 2001, the ugly, green ogre found his princess with the help of his faithful sidekick, Donkey. Taking home the first Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, "Shrek" paved the way for a series of sequels, video games and other merchandise.

While millions are familiar with Shrek from the silver screen (and William Steig's 1990 children's book), the characters now make their way to the stage in "Shrek the Musical." The touring production chronicles the journey from the swamp to happily ever after.

"When I saw it on Broadway, I knew our audiences would enjoy it," said Larry Payton, president of Celebrity Attractions. Since 1983, the production company has been bringing live performances to Oklahoma. Founded by Payton, Celebrity Attractions has brought the state shows such as "The Will Rogers Follies," "Hairspray" and "Gypsy."

Running now through Sunday, "Shrek the Musical" features 19 new songs, plus characters from classic bedtime stories, such as the Gingerbread Man, the Three Little Pigs and Robin Hood, making the production one for the entire family to enjoy, Payton said.

"Families will really love the show," he said. "There are a lot of surprises and fun dancing that will tickle their innards."

"Shrek the Musical" rears its head at the Civic Center Music Hall, 201 N. Walker. Tickets are $20-$65. For more information, call 297-2264 or visit www.okcciviccenter.com. "Ta'Chelle Jones

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