14 Jun - Shrek The Musical : Media Night

June 14th, 2011.

It's Shrek : The Musical, and it's opening in London. What does that mean? Well.. for the media night, rumours were this one had a stellar guest lineup. Cameron Diaz was in town.... Mike Myers may also have been.... it's a big budget production..... Dreamworks have heaps of cash to splash...

Of course, there is one way to test those rumours empirically, and that's to go there and see if The Autograph Dealers are in place- they know more than anyone. And where were they? Nowhere to be seen merely two hours beforehand. Damn. Because they're NEVER WRONG. (or ARE they?)

No. They're not. Still, here's how it went down...

It's a giant "S". Worth photographing, I suppose, if there's nothing else.

It's a giant "S". Worth photographing, I suppose, if there's nothing else.

A specially laid green carpet says some kind of SOMETHING is going to go down tonight. But what? With a crowd this small, I'm prepared for disappointment.

A specially laid green carpet says some kind of SOMETHING is going to go down tonight. But what? With a crowd this small, I'm prepared for disappointment.

That said, on the "EXCITEMENT" front, the building nearby appears to have caught on fire. Whether musicals would go THAT far to publicise a media event is another matter...

That said, on the "EXCITEMENT" front, the building nearby appears to have caught on fire. Whether musicals would go THAT far to publicise a media event is another matter...

If this is wikileaks founder Julian Assange, I'm willing to retract a lot of my skepticism about this event...  and replace it with confusion.

If this is wikileaks founder Julian Assange, I'm willing to retract a lot of my skepticism about this event...  and replace it with confusion.

Excitingly, we do have a Celeb walking the green carpet to get us underway. It's Chipmonk!! (Who's Chipmonk? I'm so glad you asked...)

Excitingly, we do have a Celeb walking the green carpet to get us underway. It's Chipmonk!! (Who's Chipmonk? I'm so glad you asked...)

Comedian Michael McIntyre. So close to Mike Myers, name-wise, but not close enough. I don't believe he has any connection to the production.

Comedian Michael McIntyre. So close to Mike Myers, name-wise, but not close enough. I don't believe he has any connection to the production.

It's not a gear set-up I've considered, to be honest... probably requires Level 15 Lego Skillz.

It's not a gear set-up I've considered, to be honest... probably requires Level 15 Lego Skillz.

Wikipedia informs me that Alexis Jordan was on (but did not win) the first season of American Idol. Still, one of her recent songs went to Number one in Norway. (fine... I do know who she is)

Wikipedia informs me that Alexis Jordan was on (but did not win) the first season of American Idol. Still, one of her recent songs went to Number one in Norway. (fine... I do know who she is)

People around me were quite excited at the prospect of seeing Michael Winner. I've since found out he's best known for the "Death Wish" series of films starring Charles Bronson. Nowadays... he has hair, and he's now a food critic for a newspaper. Connection with Shrek the Musical, though??

People around me were quite excited at the prospect of seeing Michael Winner. I've since found out he's best known for the "Death Wish" series of films starring Charles Bronson. Nowadays... he has hair, and he's now a food critic for a newspaper. Connection with Shrek the Musical, though??

I haven't watched Pineapple Dance Studios, but I have heard of Louie Spence. He's pretty funny in a random way.

I haven't watched Pineapple Dance Studios, but I have heard of Louie Spence. He's pretty funny in a random way.

Well, it's not Dame Judi Dench and I don't think Cameron Diaz has aged THAT badly....?

Well, it's not Dame Judi Dench and I don't think Cameron Diaz has aged THAT badly....?

I have no idea who this is, but you gotta admit the face is awesome. He looks familiar... but I can't place the movie/TV show/dark alleyway

I have no idea who this is, but you gotta admit the face is awesome. He looks familiar... but I can't place the movie/TV show/dark alleyway

Most people were suggesting that Cameron Diaz was unlikely to show because she was doing an interview with Graham Norton. Well.... sure. And that would make sense, except this IS Graham Norton!

Most people were suggesting that Cameron Diaz was unlikely to show because she was doing an interview with Graham Norton. Well.... sure. And that would make sense, except this IS Graham Norton!

Worst ninja camouflage ever. (I think she might have been Ronnie Wood's +1 at the "Larry Crowne" premiere.)

Worst ninja camouflage ever. (I think she might have been Ronnie Wood's +1 at the "Larry Crowne" premiere.)

This may come as a shock, but this movie did have one attendee I was genuinely pleased to see (ie. photograph). He's legitimately famous - director Sam Mendes, who directed and won an Oscar for "American Beauty" and is apparently directing the next James Bond film. Though, again, it needs to be asked : what's his connection to Shrek : The Musical. I probably have more of a connection, having watched all four films (the last two were rubbish...)

This may come as a shock, but this movie did have one attendee I was genuinely pleased to see (ie. photograph). He's legitimately famous - director Sam Mendes, who directed and won an Oscar for "American Beauty" and is apparently directing the next James Bond film. Though, again, it needs to be asked : what's his connection to Shrek : The Musical. I probably have more of a connection, having watched all four films (the last two were rubbish...)

This is Harry Hill. That's who Harry Hill is.

This is Harry Hill. That's who Harry Hill is.

... and that's the end of that!

... and that's the end of that!

I'll be honest, given what this *could* have been (and arguably should have been), it was a bit disappointing. I'm not sure I'll add it to "The Archive of Movie Premieres", even. Still... it was diverting, and I guess I can always use the practice for the next REAL premiere (which I'll be out of the country for), or the next REAL premiere after that (which I won't get a good spot for), or the next REAL premiere after that (which is over a month away).

Until next time!!

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