Three Madagascar movies have been made to date in 2005, 2008 and 2012 and have grossed around £2 Billion for the Studios. The original movies featured Chris Rock, Ben Stiller, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith and Sacha Baron Cohen.
Madagascar The Musical is based on the Dreamworks Animation Motion Picture of the same name and the book by Kevin Del Aguila.
The Musical tells the tale of Marty, Melman and Gloria as they escape from New York’s Central Park Zoo and find themselves on the most unexpected journeys across the globe to the wild and wonderful world of King Julien’s Madagascar.
Principal songs from the production include I Like to Move it and Best Friends.
The cast is headed by 2016 X-Factor Winner Matt Terry who plays the loveable Lion Alex. Posi Morakinyo plays the Zebra Marty in his debut theatrical role. Connor Dyer plays Melman the larger than life Giraffe after appearing in various BBC Radio Three adaptations as well as the Olivier Awards 40th Anniversary Concert.
Hannah Victoria – a member of the Little Mix Tribute show Black Magic – plays Gloria the hugely popular Hippo and Kieran Mortell plays King Julian. There are also a number of Puppeteers who operate the Monkey, Penguins and Lemurs on the Island of Madagascar.
At the start of the show and second half a huge three-dimensional ‘Madagascar – The Musical’ sign illuminated by the wonderful stage lighting is raised and lowered from the stage to add a thrilling theatrical touch to the production. The set is quite ingenious. As well as ancient monuments, tropical island shrubbery including palm trees glides onto the stage.
The costumes in this production have been very cleverly designed to provide the audience with opportunities to smile, laugh and even cry. I must say that the costumes of the Lion, Zebra and Hippo are particularly impressive and the way King Julian’s costume has been created had me laughing along with my nephew.
You can clearly tell from watching this production just why Matt Terry won the X-Factor in 2016. His vocal range is outstanding and singing was flawless. Particularly impressive were the octave jumps that brought this musical to its rousing conclusion.
The puppetry done by some of the minor cast is also worth a mention with some excellent choreography making the puppets appear to be dancing independently.
My stand out performance along with Matt Terry is of course Kieran Mortell. His performance as King Julien is camped up to the maximum but is hilarious. It had my 12-year-old nephew and the audience in stitches.
As a whole ‘Madagascar – The Musical’ delivers, it’s a real family fun musical with some great toe tapping tunes as well as heartfelt moments too. It starts at 7:30 pm and finishes at 9.25 with a 20-minute interval.
If you Like to Move it, move on down to Madagascar – The Musical at the Regent Theatre – Stoke-on-Trent from Wednesday the 25 th of September to Sunday the 29 th of September 2019. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday are at 2.30pm…………. So Move it!!!!