'Shrek' to close on Broadway in 2010

Musical based on DreamWorks films, characters

NEW YORK -- Say goodbye, New York, to that smelly green ogre.

DreamWorks Theatricals producer Bill Damaschke says "Shrek the Musical" will close Jan. 3, 2010, on Broadway after a yearlong, 441-performance run.

The expensive musical has seen its grosses dwindle since the end of summer. Last week, the show grossed about $580,000, filling less than 60% of the seats at the Broadway Theatre, one of New York's largest playhouses.

"Shrek" is based on the company's successful animated film and the characters in William Steig's book. The show opened last December to mostly mixed reviews.

A national tour is to begin in July at the Cadillac Palace Theatre in Chicago.
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