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Todd McKenney to Portray Lord Farquaad in Brisbane Season of Shrek the Musical


Todd McKenney to Portray Lord Farquaad in Brisbane Season of Shrek the Musical 1

Following his work in the role of Lord Farquaad in the Sydney and Melbourne seasons of Shrek the Musical, producer the Gordon Frost Organisation have this morning confirmed that star of stage-and-screen Todd McKenney would continue in his role part-way through the show’s Brisbane season. Mr McKenney is well versed and very versatile in the theatrical arts, with previous characters over the last few years including P. T. Barnum in the Melbourne-exclusive Barnum the Circus Musical, Frank ‘n’ Furter in the most recent Australian tour of The Rocky Horror Show and Lord Evelyn Oakleigh in Anything Goes.

Todd McKenney will be joined on-stage by Ben Mingay as Shrek, Lucy Durack as Princess Fiona, Nat Jobe as Donkey and Marcia Hines guest-starring as the Dragon. Also joining them on-stage are a wealth of fairy tale creatures including Ross Chisari (Little Pig), Annie Chiswell (Ugly Duckling), Benjamin Colley (Pied Piper), Andy Conaghan (Wolf), Denise Devlin (Mama Bear), Mackenzie Dunn (Swing), Blake Erickson (Papa Bear), Manon Gunderson-Briggs (Gingy), Hollie James (Swing), Rubin Matters (Peter Pan), Sarah Murr (Fairy Godmother), Joshua Robson (Little Pig), Monique Sallé (Red Riding Hood), Tom Sharah (Little Pig), Leigh Sleightholme (Swing), Suzanne Steele (Wicked Witch), Rhys Velasquez (Swing), Caleb Vines (Pinocchio) and Sascha Wykes (Baby Bear).

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I’m thrilled that Todd was able to move some of his Channel 7 commitments to remain performing with the brilliant cast of SHREK THE MUSICAL in Brisbane. Todd has received amazing reviews for his scene-stealing role in Sydney, and I’m so glad Brisbane audiences will be able to see him as the vertically challenged Lord Farquaad.

I fell in love with the show when I saw it on Broadway and was bowled over by the way audiences responded to the social issues it covers, themes like friendship, acceptance, discrimination, inclusiveness and ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’. It’s a genuine Broadway smash hit and so funny as well as touching, appealing to everyone from 5 to 105. The overwhelmingly positive audience and critical response in Sydney is testament to this.

John Frost – Producer of Shrek the Musical’s Australian Tour
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Shrek the Musical is concluding its Sydney season at the Sydney Lyric Theatre today, before moving to its Melbourne season at Her Majesty’s Theatre from 16 February 2020. The Brisbane season will commence from 9 May 2020 at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre’s (QPAC) Lyric Theatre, running until at least Sunday 7 June 2020 pending the release of additional sessions. It is unconfirmed who will be performing the role of Lord Farquaad once he leaves the show on 24 May 2020. Ticketing information for the Melbourne and Brisbane sessions can be found on the official Shrek the Musical website.

Overview of Shrek the Musical (For those who have somehow never seen the film)

In a faraway kingdom turned upside down, things get ugly when an unseemly ogre – not a handsome prince – shows up to rescue a feisty princess. Throw in a donkey who won’t shut up, a bad guy with a SHORT temper, a cookie with an attitude, and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you’ve got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there’s one on hand … and his name is Shrek.

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