The greening of Shrek’s Eric Petersen

Nov 29

The greening of <i>Shrek’s</i> Eric Petersen

Kermit the Frog said it best: it’s not easy being green. It wasn’t easy for Elphaba the witch of Wicked. It wasn’t easy for the Grinch (of stealing Christmas fame). And it certainly isn’t easy for Shrek, the good-hearted ogre from the swamp.

As difficult as it is for Shrek, that’s nothing compared to the challenges facing Eric Petersen (above), the actor playing him on tour in Shrek The Musical, which opens this week at the Orpheum Theatre as part of the SHN/Best of Broadway season.

The method of converting the amiable Petersen, who was the standby for Shrek on Broadway, into a singing ogre takes about 90 minutes. It takes a village, as they say, and the finished Shrek is the work of Tim Hatley (Tony Award-winning costume and set designer), Naomi Donne (make-up design) and Michael Marino (prosthetic make-up design).

“It’s not so bad,” Petersen says on the phone from Denver. “I can go to a Zen place while it’s being done. Sometimes I can even sleep through half of the process.”

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Shop Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS this World AIDS Day

Dec 01

Today is the 20th anniversary of World AIDS Day, a sad anniversary but an important one. Would that we were celebrating the end of AIDS in the world, but we’re a long way away from that particular party. There are many ways to give to AIDS research and AIDS prevention programs (especially in Africa). For a complete list of giving opportunities, visit...

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Carols for a Cure

Dec 04

During the recent Broadway strike, the AIDS fundraising charity Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS lost an estimated $40,000 a day without its holiday fund appeal, which usually happens during shows’ curtain calls. That makes the group’s annual holiday CD, “Broadway’s Greatest Gifts: Carols for a Cure 9” (Rock-It Science), all the more...

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I (heart) BC/EFA

Jun 12

Now that the Tony Awards are behind us, you don’t need to go through withdrawal. You can order your very own Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS official Tony T-shirt, which features the signatures (silk-screened) of all Tony Award nominees. See for yourself. It’s a gorgeous shirt. Order the shirt here. It’s only $20 ($25 if you want the...

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Seasonal sounds

Nov 15

Listening to some of this year’s holiday CD offerings, I can heartily recommend two so far. “Cool Yule,” Bette Midler (Columbia)Divinity and Christmas are, of course, related, so it’s no wonder that the Divine Miss M. finally checks in with a Christmas album. The results are so good you have wonder, what took so long? Nevermind that this nice...

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