Last night I had the pleasure of attending Madagascar The Musical at the Grand Opera House on its UK Tour.
The musical is based on the 2005 DreamWorks film about a group of animals who live at Central Park Zoo in New York. After ten years, Marty the zebra is growing bored of his daily routine and longs to see the outside world, or “the wild”.
What follows is mayhem as energetic Marty, followed unwillingly by “the King of New York City” Alex the Lion, confident Gloria the Hippo and hypochondriac Melman the Giraffe, escape the zoo.
Soon, they find themselves washed up on the shores of Madagascar, after four conniving penguins take over the ship destined for a wildlife preserve. In Madagscar they come across a community of lemurs, led by the wacky King Julien, who loves a dance and a party. But, in the end, is “the wild” all it seems?
Alex the Lion is played by X-Factor winner Matt Terry who captures the role perfectly – a seemingly confident lion who loves to perform for the daily visitors, but is vulnerable and a loyal friend to his fellow zoo-mates.
The film translates well on stage, with catchy tunes, puppet penguins, toilet humour and more adult-friendly one-liners, including a birthday present consisting of a rectal thermometer.
For me the star of the show was King Julien, played by Jo Parsons, who won the most laughs of the night. (I think the audience was more engaged in the second half when the animals arrived in Madagascar). I loved seeing King Julien sing “I like to move it, move it”, synonymous with the film, which got the audience clapping and dancing in their seats.
The show is shorter than other productions I have been to (about 1 hour 45 minutes, including the break) so it’s perfect for little ones. The production is funny, cheesy and family-friendly. You’ll love it!
Madasgcar The Musical is running at the Grand Opera House until Saturday 27th April.
Disclaimer: These tickets were #gifted in exchange for a review.