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'Shrek the Musical' shines at the Hippodrome

'Shrek the Musical' shines at the Hippodrome

Before the hapless "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" started doing its accident-prone thing in an endless run of preview performances, the record-holder for costliest Broadway show was "Shrek the Musical."

The latter's $25 million price tag in 2008 seems downright puny compared to the $65 million already caught in the web of that other thing, but at least "Shrek" doesn't seem to present any dangers to cast or audience — not even the danger of being bored.

To be sure, this venture from DreamWorks Theatricals and Neal Street Productions doesn't pack quite the...