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Madagascar The Musical
April 2nd - April 6th
Join Alex the Lion (X-Factor 2016 winner Matt Terry), Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the hip hip Hippo and, of course, those hilarious, plotting penguins as they bound onto your stage in the musical adventure of a lifetime.
Based on the smash DreamWorks animated motion picture, Madagascar – A Musical Adventure follows all of your favourite crack-a-lackin’ friends as they escape from their home in New York’s Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien’s Madagascar.
Alex the lion is the king of the urban jungle, the main attraction at New York’s Central Park Zoo. He and his best friends – Marty the zebra, Melman the giraffe and Gloria the hippo – have spent their whole lives in blissful captivity before an admiring public and with regular meals provided for them. Not content to leave well enough alone, Marty lets his curiosity get the better of him and makes his escape – with the help of some prodigious penguins – to explore the world.
Filled with outlandish characters, adventure galore and an upbeat score, Madagascar will leave audiences with no choice but to “Move It, Move It!”
Running time: 1 hour 45 minutes (including 20 minute interval)
Production photographs of the original cast
Photo credit Scott Rylander
Choice Radio, Worcester
From a parallel universe where a zebra is a lion's best friend comes Alex, Marty, Melman and Gloria (lion, zebra, giraffe and hippo) and an assortment of other creatures in the crowd-pleasing Madagascar The Musical. The first creature to appear is a monkey who threatens to throw poo at anyone in the audience using a mobile phone - you have been warned!
Based on the popular film from 2005, Matt Terry (winner of X-Factor in 2016) is scheduled to play the reluctantly-located lion as the animals from the Central Park Zoo (first half of the show) find themselves "going wild" on the island of Madagascar (second half) where they meet a pack of lemurs, led by King Julien XIII along with his adviser, Maurice the aye-aye. Add a bunch of pesky penguins into the mix and you have a cast of creatures guaranteed to amuse and entertain both kids and adults alike.
Starting in the zoo to the theme of Born Free (something for the older members of the audience there!), these are animals who do not want to be where they are and it is Marty's 10th birthday wish to be freed. He gets his wish and the whole troupe find themselves boxed in on a boat going who knows where. San Diego Zoo is one suggested destination, but when Alex the meat-eater finds to his disgust that the food on offer consists of seaweed, things are not what he was hoping for…
Using a combination of full-suited characters and puppetry, the audience soon warmed to the characters on stage, clapping along to the music and forgetting the humans which are working the characters. One song in particular had them up and dancing - I Like To Move It, initiated by King Julien (brilliantly played by Jo Parsons) who himself had the audience in stitches when he spoke to the other animals and especially the lemurs, and a song which was equally as popular in the rousing finale.
The film (along with its sequels) is recent enough to still be in the memory of most people and this lively and colourful production brings it alive on stage.
Unfortunately anyone wanting to see Matt Terry as Alex the lion or indeed Antoine Murray-Straughan as Marty the zebra was going to be disappointed on this first night as both were ably replaced - no reason given - by Brendon Gale and Darren John (both of whom are usually "off-stage swing" so well done to them)
One for the kids? Definitely!
One for the adults? Definitely!