Madagascar The Musical Review

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It's hard to believe that Madagascar the movie took the world by storm 19 years ago. We all fell in love with Alex, Marty, Melman and Gloria as they escaped from New York Zoo and ended up in Madagascar where they had to brave the wild so far away from home. Big J was only 3 when the movie came out but he absolutely loved it and I think we used to play "I Like To Move It" on repeat. Since then it's become a family favourite and we were so excited to see Madagascar The Musical on it's UK and Ireland Tour. 

Madagascar The Musical

Madagascar The Musical 
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.

Madagascar The Musical cast on stage

Our Thoughts
Madagascar The Musical was better than I expected. It was bright, colourful with a great script and even better music. I fell in love with all the characters again and I now have a new favourite - King Julien. 

The first half of the show lasted about 40 minutes and was based around New York's Central Park zoo and Marty's birthday wish to 'visit the wild'. When Marty escapes the zoo he is soon joined by his three friends as they try to ride the subway but are soon caught by animal control. The whole first half was so enjoyable with great songs and really showcasing the friendship between the four main characters especially Alex the Lion and Marty the Zebra. 

Alex (played by Joseph Hewlett) and Marty (played by Francisco Gomes) dominated the first half of the show with their great chemistry and catchy duets. I would have loved to see more of Gloria (played by Jarnéia Richard - Noel) and Melman (played by Joshua Oakes Rogers).

cast of madagascar the musical

The second half started after a 20 minute interval and began in Madagascar. The animals have washed up on the beach and are ready to explore the island when they meet King Julien, Maurice and Mort who are hiding from the Fossa, the largest carnivore on Madagascar. We see how Alex struggles to think of anything other than steak, Gloria and Melman begin a romance and Marty loves being in the wild and feels right at home. However Alex overcomes his desire to eat steak and helps his new friends be free of the threat of the Fossa. 

The highlight of the second half was King Julien (played by Karim Zeroual). He was absolutely brilliant as King Julien. He really made us all laugh out loud and dance in our seats to 'I like To Move It'. 

With a running time of 1 hour and 45 minutes approx including the interval it's perfect for all ages. 

Madagascar The Musical program

Where Can I See Madagascar The Musical?
The Uk and Ireland tour is on now starting in Manchester and ending in Southampton.

08 - 11 Feb 2024 - Manchester Opera House

14 - 18 Feb 2024 - Alhambra Theatre Bradford

21 – 24 Feb 2024 - Blackpool Winter Gardens

28 Feb – 02 Mar 2024 - Swansea Grand Theatre

06 – 09 Mar 2024 - Grand Opera House Belfast

14 – 17 Mar 2024 - The Alexandra Birmingham

21 – 24 Mar 2024 - Grimsby Auditorium
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29 – 31 Mar 2024 - Liverpool Empire

11 – 14 Apr 2024 - Dublin Gaiety Theatre

18 – 21 Apr 2024 - Oxford New Theatre

25 - 27 Apr 2024 - Edinburgh Playhouse

2 - 5 May - Inverness Eden Court
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09 – 11 May 2024 - Wimbledon New Theatre

16 – 19 May 2024 - Regent Theatre Stoke on Trent

22 – 25 May 2024 - Sheffield Lyceum
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27 May – 01 Jun 2024 - Wolverhampton Grand Theatre

06 – 09 Jun 2024 - Dartford Orchard Theatre

13 – 16 Jun 2024 - Eastbourne Congress Theatre

19 - 23 Jun 2024 - Queen’s Theatre Barnstaple
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27 – 30 Jun 2024 - Wales Millennium Centre Cardiff

10 – 13 Jul 2024 - Newcastle Theatre Royal

18 – 21 Jul 2024 - Northampton Royal & Derngate

24 – 27 Jul 2024 - Nottingham Theatre Royal

01 - 04 Aug 2024 - Southend Cliffs Pavilion

7 – 10 Aug 2024 - Glasgow King's Theatre

14 – 17 Aug 2024 - His Majesty's Theatre Aberdeen

Wed 21 – Sat 24 Aug 2024 - Southampton Mayflower Theatre

Have you seen Madagascar The Musical yet? if not have you booked your tickets? You definitely won't be disappointed. 


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