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REVIEW: Madagascar the Musical


Venue: Everyman Theatre

On Tuesday night my mini reviewer companion and I visited the Everyman theatre in Cheltenham for a night of fun, music and dancing as Madagascar the Musical came into town!

And what a night it was…


We were immediately transported into Central Park to meet all our familiar friends from the famous DreamWorks animated motion picture. We quickly warmed to Alex the Lion – the King of Central Park Zoo, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe and Gloria the Hippo! Much like in the movie, the group escape from the zoo that they’ve called home for their whole lives and set off on an unexpected adventure!



My mini reviewer was immediately enthralled and grinning from ear to ear at the family friendly spectacle. This is a family friendly production, suitable for all ages. Bright colours meet amazing costumes and very clever set design that quickly transforms from one place to another. The supporting cast moved between animals, accents, and songs with wonderful ease, helping us to forget that they were controlling puppets and really got us to focus on the characters. They were also in charge of controlling the interconnecting set design and creating new worlds with simple movements, very impressive!



But the highlight of the show for myself and the whole theatre, was the introduction of King Julien, played by Karim Zeroual. He led an energetic rendition of the fan favourite “I like to move it” and the whole theatre was grinning from ear to ear and singing along. His boundless energy, even while within a costume that looked quite restrictive, really brought the second half of the show to life, and added some welcome humour to the cast that was enjoyed by both children and adults.

We really enjoyed the show, it was a special half term treat. I thoroughly recommend taking your children or grandchildren along and I can assure you that they will leave laughing and singing, just like we did!

Review by Sam



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