Madagascar at Malvern theatres King Julien and his tribe

Review of Madagascar the Musical at Malvern Theatres

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How could a theatre show possibly live up to the iconic reputation of the Madagascar films? Fun, friendship, comedy and music packaged up with a side helping of cute, talking animals. What a weight of expectation to live up to. But Madagascar the Musical at Malvern Theatres delivered all that and more.

Madagascar at Malvern theatres Alex the Lion dancing

About Madagascar the Musical

Following the story of the film quite closely, Madagascar the Musical introduces us to an unusual group of friends. Alex the lion, Marty the zebra, Melman the giraffe and Gloria the hippo all live at the New York Zoo. They’re all relatively content there, except for Marty who feels the call of the wild. On his birthday, he blows out the candle and wishes to be in the wild. Sure enough, his wish is granted.

What follows is a hilarious adventure. The audience is treated to the ninja granny of the New York subway, rogue penguins commandeering a boat and a dramatic shipwreck. By the end of the first half, the friends are all back together again, but they’re stranded and nobody is quite sure where they are.

Madagascar at Malvern theatres animals in boxes

The second half gets off to a lively start when we are introduced to the hilarious King Julien. Immediately stealing the show, he and his tribe quickly launch into a rendition of “I like to move it, move it” that has everyone bopping away in their seats. Mildly dark characters are introduced, with King Julien hoping Alex will stay with his tribe to protect them. Soon though, Alex’s natural hunter instinct kicks in and he struggles to see Marty as friend rather than food. Luckily, the rogue penguins turn up in their stolen boat and old friends and new all pile aboard.

Madagascar at Malvern theatres penguins taking over the ship

Opening night of Madagasgar the Musical at Malvern Theatres

Last night was opening night for Madagascar the Musical at Malvern Theatres. At the beginning of the performance, they announced that Alex and Marty would be played by understudies that day. There was some disappointment among the audience because Alex was due to be played by Matt Terry, who won X-Factor in 2016. However, it’s live theatre. The star won’t always be well or able to go on stage. As they say though, the show must go on. And on this occasion, the understudies were absolutely outstanding.

Madagascar at Malvern theatres Alex the lion and penguins

The show wasn’t about one star character. The whole story is about the power of friendship and pulling together in adverse circumstances. The cast certainly did that on opening night. Strong vocals, upbeat songs and endearing characters make Madagascar the Musical a must-see performance. In fact, it would make an ideal first theatre trip for little ones. There are no really scary or desperately sad scenes, just plenty of family friendly fun. When the performance finished, my six year old turned to me and said, “That was amazing!”. Which I think sums it up quite nicely.

If you’d like to go and see Madagascar the Musical at Malvern Theatres, head to their website for tickets. It’s showing until Saturday 6th April. After that, it continues to tour around the country. You can find tour dates here

Madagascar at Malvern theatres King Julien and his tribe

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  1. It does sound amazing! The costumes look fantastic too. The Madagascar films are so entertaining and it looks like the musical is every bit as good. We really ought to make the effort to go to the theatre more often. We only really go to see my daughter in panto!

    1. Oh it really was good. It sounds like you have lots to do already! Malvern Theatre does have some incredible performances on though so well worth a look at their website to see if there’s something you’d enjoy if you do decide to go.

  2. This sounds amazing – and it’s nice to have a show that doesn’t involve peril. Exciting as that might be, it’s only very recently that my daughter’s been able to take anything that has even a hint of scariness!

    1. Yes, you’re right! Lia is always a little bit worried when there’s something scary happening on stage and it’s lovely to see something that manages to be exciting without being scary!