Reviewed by Leigh Jackman
From the opening scene where the monkey threatens to throw poo at you if you don’t turn off your phone, Madagascar The Musical is whirlwind of fast-moving musical entertainment. Based on the smash hit film from Dreamworks, the show does not disappoint, all your favourite characters dazzle in this fast-moving production.
X factor winner Matt Terry certainly shone in his debut leading role of Alex The Lion. Antione Murray-Straughan busted some very energetic and impressive moves and tunes as Marty and Jessica Niles had a phenomenal voice in the role of the very sassy Gloria and managed some extraordinary dance moves in the hippo costume.
My favourite had to be Jamie-Lee Morgan as the hypochondriac Melman, he was hilarious and his puppetry really captured Melman’s sickly and nervy dissipation. The whole show really was so funny. Jo Parsons as King Julien was amazing really capturing the role and filling the stage.
The costumes where perfect although the costumes of Alex and Marty did have you wondering which muscles were costume and which were theirs. You really did feel like the animation had come to life.
The scenery was affective in its simplicity transporting you from New York to Madagascar via the cargo ship with some very remarkable set engineering. The cargo ship containers were beautifully done, and the boat really felt like it pitched side to side.
The puppetry throughout the show is breathtaking, I could have watched the penguins all night and loved the way the puppeteers changed costume throughout the show, it was a loving touch for building the setting.
The dream sequences in the were a great touch and laugh out loud funny at times. A piece of genius in staging and production, I will never forget the singing steaks.
The whole cast put such an impressive high energy performance with an incredible musicality it really should be on everyone’s to see list.
Tickets cost from £17.50 to £36.50 (booking fees may apply).
Madagascar The Musical is at the Kings Theatre in Portsmouth from 5-9 June 2019, for more information or to book tickets click visit kingsportsmouth.co.uk or call the box office on 023 9282 8282.
The Kings Theatre, Albert Road, Southsea, Portsmouth, Hants, PO5 2QJ | 023 9282 8282