Madagascar The Musical UK Tour: Churchill Theatre, Bromley
Reviewed 25th September 2018
Madagascar The Musical is the brand new toe-tapping musical from Dreamworks based on the hit 2005 film, Madagascar. It follows Alex (X-Factor 2016 winner Matt Terry), Marty, Melman and Gloria as they escape from New York’s Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien’s Madagascar.
Aimed at the younger audience this bright, bold and larger than life musical will certainly entertain. ‘I Like To Move It‘ is a highlight of the night with most children getting up and dancing along to this energetic song. Unfortunately, whilst the other songs are fun they are not memorable. However, what this musical lacks in character, emotion and plot it makes up for in energy, colour and fun. This is definitely a good show to take younger children to, especially those who are fans of the Dreamworks film or who are too young to sit through a longer production. At just 1 hour 40 minutes, the show does feel slightly lacking as the plot is quickly rushed through, particularly in the second act, but this length is probably just about right for its family targeted audience.
The bright set, designed by Tom Rogers, is complimented by the ‘disco’ style colourful lighting by Howard Hudson. The snappy choreography by Fabian Aloise is fun and children in the audience will love the modern floss and dab references. An element of the production that really works well is the clever puppetry. Designed by Max Humphries, the puppets are detailed and handled fantastically by the cast. In addition, the costumes by Robert Allsopp are very reminicisent of the original characters in the 2005 film and help to bring the characters to life.
Madagascar the Musical is an upbeat family show. Whilst this show often forgets the adults that are in the audience, it ultimately is a fun show aimed at younger children. The production will not, perhaps, win as many fans as other shows such as Shrek, also by Dreamworks, but it will no doubt be a hit with the younger members of the audience. Very ‘Disney on Ice‘, this bright, cheerful show is a great start to introduce children to the theatre.
Madagascar The Musical is playing at the Churchill Theatre, Bromley until Saturday 29th September. For tickets click here. It then continues on its UK tour until June 2019. For information about future venues and tickets click here.
Photo Credit: Scott Rylander