Madagascar the Musical blew our socks off and is sure to thrill the whole family.
For those introducing their kids to musicals or those whose kids are well-versed in theatre, Madagascar the Musical is a must see for all families.
My family and I attended Madagascar the Musical today and it had us all on the edge of our seats, bopping along and laughing with (and at) King Julian. The lovable nature of each character within the original Dreamworks film lived on in the performance, with a unique charm from the life on stage.
With a combination of exquisite costumes and expert puppetry, it was mind-blowing to see how Madagascar came to life on stage and as a musical.
Melman’s goofish, hypochondriac antics made him just as endearing as his cartoon counterpart. Jack Shatford nailed his performance of Melman, and had the audience enthralled.
Gloria had all the vibes of the lovable hippo we’ve all come to love from the original films. Moniquewa Williams brought moves that stole the show.
Andrew Papas as Alex the Lion delivered a rather salacious song about his craving for a steak. To be honest, I’d be surprised by anyone in attendance that didn’t hit up a steak restaurant after the show.
Joe Kalou’s performance of Marty the big-dreaming zebra was stunning. Whenever he broke into song, he had the audience yearning for his freedom and his friendship with Alex as much as he did.
King Julian’s dabbing honestly made me laugh more than it should have. The show had an abundance of fine details that had us all in hysterics.
The penguins, led by Skipper, were absolute gold. The actors behind each penguin were basically magicians, wowing us all with their ability to act and control their penguins.
A perfect recipe for family fun
The show was incredible, that goes without saying. The music was engaging and I’m pretty sure every parent was equally as excited as I was that they included “I like to move it, move it” (as if they wouldn’t).
The sounds and music weren’t too overwhelming, definitely inclusive of a diverse audience.
The biggest selling point, though? The show was the absolute perfect running time. I cannot stress this enough. In fact, my husband and I continued to rave about this for hours after the show. Madagascar the Musical consisted of two 40-minute acts. The kids literally only started to get fidgety in the last 5 minutes of the show.
For parents who know all too well the dramas of having to leave events early, because the running time is far too demanding of children, you’d also the bliss of perfectly-timed events.
And on that note, if your kids are young, do yourself a favour, and attend the matinee.