Shrek, Fiona and Donkey will come to Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) for the first major musical to open to a 100 per cent capacity audience in the country since the onset of COVID-19.
This news comes after the musical was forced to postpone due to the pandemic in early 2020.
"There was lots of disappointment after its postponement earlier this year, so it’s great to be able to welcome 'Shrek The Musical'," Minister For The Arts Leeanne Enoch says.
"It is because of the great work of Queenslanders in responding to COVID-19 that we’ve been able to open up our borders and now Queensland is good to go.
"This is an acclaimed blockbuster Broadway musical which will provide more jobs for artists, arts workers and venue workers while providing an economic boost to Queensland."
“'Shrek The Musical'’s season at QPAC will deliver 38 performances, and an estimated 3,000 shifts for artists and arts workers, it will also mean that audiences of around 50,000 can once again enjoy musical theatre in a full house."
John Kotzas and Leeanne Enoch (with Shrek!) at the announcement for 'Shrek' in Brisbane
QPAC CEO John Kotzas says the Centre is delighted to be presenting the musical in Queensland for the first time, particularly after such a rough year.
"As soon as 100 per cent audience capacity was announced, QPAC was determined to revisit the possibility of staging the much-anticipated 'Shrek The Musical', as our first large scale musical in 2021," Mr Kotzas said.
"The production was set to come to QPAC in May this year and we know how disappointed fans were when the season was cancelled, so we pulled out all stops to bring this much-loved story to our audiences."
Tickets for 'Shrek The Musical' go on sale 3 December.
'Shrek The Musical' plays Queensland Performing Centre from 9 January 2021.