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'Shrek the Musical' sends message that different is OK

'Shrek the Musical' sends message that different is OK

The moral lesson in "Shrek the Musical" is that it's important to accept people who are different; and the title character, who is a green-hued ogre, definitely qualifies as different. It's easy to learn this lesson in the festive production running at Toby's Dinner Theatre of Columbia.

Derived from the 2001 animated movie, this 2008 Broadway show makes sure the moral of the story is not overwhelmed by all of the colorful costumes, fairy tale complications and playground-level jokes.

The cheerful music by Jeanine Tesori thematically underscores the book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire. Indeed, the opening number, "Big, Bright, Beautiful World,"...