The Broadway Theatre. December 14, 2008. By Diana Scholl
Is all that Shrek makeup bad for your skin?
“I have more skin-care products than my wife. My skin will be in better shape after this is over. The people that are applying it are very, very diligent.”
—Brian d’Arcy James
People are saying you guys are the new Oprah and Gayle.
“We love that. They wish.”
—Kathie Lee Gifford with Hoda Kotb
—Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor
The tagline for this show is "Bringing ugly back." Didn't Ugly Betty already do that?
“Shrek is a whole different kind of ugly than Ugly Betty. When Ugly Betty meant ugly, they meant not literally.”
Did you have a moment where love wasn’t what you thought it would be?
“Yeah, my twenties.”
You play the donkey. Was it hard not to do Eddie Murphy?
“A lot of people were telling me, ‘You were doing a really good Eddie Murphy from Shrek’ and I'm like, ‘No, I was doing Eddie Murphy from Trading Places.’”
You’re in The Little Mermaid. Is there a DreamWorks-Disney rivalry?
“I’m here as a Disney princess to see another princess.”
You haven’t done a musical in a while.
“Everything Shrek touches turns to green, so we have our fingers crossed.”
You’re politically active. Have you ever thought about seeking office?
“I've been offered, and I decided that I'm a bit too honest and a bit too expressive.”
What would be a better musical, Ugly Betty or Who's the Boss?
“Ugly Betty because you have so many more characters and potential for stories. But if they want to turn Who's the Boss? into a musical, we'll talk.”
Did anything fun happen before the opening tonight?
“Everyone in the company got green iPods.”
Who do you relate to the most in Shrek?
“The donkey. I talk too much.”
—Stephanie J. Block