Based on the smash-hit DreamWorks animated motion picture, Madagascar – The Musical follows all your favourite 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 penguins – to explore the world.
The innovative and brightly decorated set was welcoming and the music struck up with a fast and catchy opening. The four main characters are Matt Terry as Alex the lion, Posi Morakinyo as Marty the zebra, Connor Dyer as Melman the giraffe, and Hannah Victoria as Gloria the hippopotamus . The big bright costumes depict their species. a well devised giraffe puppet and easily recognised lion and zebra costumes though I was a tad surprised with the blue hippopotamus .The enthusiastic puppeteers for the penguins were great too.
The songs and dance numbers in the first half were well executed. 2016 X-Factor winner Terry certainly has a great voice. In the second half King Julian brought the show alive . From the moment he set foot or kneed his way on stage, until he took his final bow at the end, he stole the show . His comic timing, endless energy, brilliant movement and overall characterisation were all great, and he had everyone laughing. “I Like To Move It”, had everyone standing and joining in.
In conclusion Madagascar is a bit of a mix. The second half is way better than the first. The show has something for everyone.
Madagascar The Musical
Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent
Wed 25 – Sun 29 September 2019
Wed & Sat: 2.30pm & 7.30pm
Thu & Fri: 7.30pm
Ticket prices start from £13