*Ad- I was invited to watch the production of Madagascar The Musical in exchange for an honest review.
Madagascar The Musical is a great fun, fast paced, colourful show, with plenty of laugh out loud moments.
The smash-hit musical Madagascar is in to Darlington for a limited run from Wednesday 9th to
Sunday 13th October.
Toe tapping will inevitably occur and you really can’t help but ‘move it, move it’ as King Julian has you up on your feet dancing.
The evening is short with two acts at around 40 minutes and a 20 minute interval, but that’s perfect for the youngest members of the audience. The stage backgrounds are well thought out for each scene, bringing to life the show, detailed, bold and changing throughout, helping the story flow from NYC to Africa. With enthusiastic well choreographed dance routines and impressive vocals from the cast too.
Some of the costumes and the puppeteers at first (this is partially from watching the film), took a little time to get used too, but you soon adjust and almost forget the puppeteer is even there. The cast are all fabulous on stage making sure they take time to engage in eye contact with some of the little ones at the front every so often, you could see the faces of the children light up. The monkey was a favourite for Willow and who doesn’t love those penguins, those one liners are always a hit!
We even spotted a young boy dressed up as a penguin, he looked adorable, reminding me of just how important shows like this are to bring in all ages, the theatre experience is wonderful. I can still recall coming to watch a show at the Hippodrome as a child (The Civic Theatre back then) with my grandparents.
For us the show really came to life and had us all smiling the most, in the second act, once King Julian arrived, it was hard for the adults to compose themselves with his perfect timing. All of the cast did an amazing job, bringing to life this story of hope, friendship and teamwork.
My two are aged 11 and 8 now and whilst they did enjoy the show they said how they enjoyed the panto more, this may have had something to do with spotting Wishee Washee – Liam Mellor, in the audience watching the show too though. He was Willows favourite from the Christmas panto after all, but I can see where they are coming from whilst it had the feel good factor it just didn’t quite get the 5 stars from me either.
The girls just didn’t share the same enthusiasm as the 3/4 year old’s around us bouncing around with delight, so I think under 8’s will love it, older may need a bit of encouragement to -move it, move it! Or maybe that’s just my two. Definitely a fun, family friendly show that is sure the entertain both the young and old on some level. Before you ask of course I went to work this morning with ‘I like to move it, move it’ stuck in my head!
Based on the smash Dream Works animated motion picture, Madagascar – The Musical 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.
Madagascar is at Darlington Hippodrome from Wednesday 9 to Sunday 13 October.
For more information or to book call 01325 405405 or visit www.darlingtonhippodrome.co.uk
Thank you to Darlington Hippodrome for inviting us.