Reviewed by Jan Mellor
My 14-year-old son adores Madagascar – and we must have watched the film of the four zoo animals who are stranded on the remote island off Africa a dozen times, so he was very excited and intrigued as to how the animated film was going to come to come ‘alive’ on stage.
The theatre was about ¾ full and 80% of the audience were children excited to see their favourite (either Alex the famous lion, Marti the wonder-lust zebra, Gloria the ‘hip’ hippo and Melman the hypochondriac Giraffe. The stage was set well when both moving from the Central Park Zoo to the ‘wild of Madagascar’ and the characters were excellently depicted in innovative costumes (Alex could have benefitted from his ruff being across his throat to be more authentic).
The show was filled with songs and all the cast have great voices with Gloria’s (Timmika Ramsay) standing out from the rest for me. The only song anyone knew was ‘you got to move it’ and everyone sang along to it. King Julien XIII was very funny and a real character (a he is played by Sacha Baron Cohen in the film). Marti (Antoine Murray-Straughan) sounding very authentically like Chris Rock, which really made it feel real. The audience enjoyed it and as it started at 7.30pm and finished for 9.15pm it wasn’t too long/late for the little ones on a school night.
For me, it was a show for children and had a panto feel to it that I feel disappointed the adults who had come without children (I witnessed some leaving after the first act). If you have children, they will enjoy it immensely – if you don’t, I am not sure it’s for you.
A good show that children will adore.
Tickets cost from £13 (transaction/booking fee may apply).
Madagascar The Musical is at the Liverpool Empire from 5-9 February 2019, for more information or to book tickets visit www.atgtickets.com/liverpool or call the box office on 0844 8713017.
Liverpool Empire Theatre, Lime Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 1JE | 0844 8713017