Madagascar – The Musical Review (Darlington Hippodrome)

Madagascar – The Musical Review (Darlington Hippodrome)

Madagascar The Musical

Darlington Hippodrome was transformed into a jungle, as Madagascar – The Musical moved it, moved its way to town.

Based on the Dreamworks animated motion picture, the musical follows a group of animals who escape from their home in New York’s Central Park Zoo to find themselves on an unexpected journey to the eccentric world of King Julien’s Madagascar.

Stepping into the paws of Alex the Lion is Joseph Connor, who was making his Madagascar debut in Darlington. The musical theatre star, whose previous musical credits include “Wicked”, “Lord of the Rings” and “We Will Rock You”, displays sharp vocals and a solid stage presence throughout.

Joseph Connor is joined by a talented ensemble, consisting of Posi Morakinyo (as Marty the Zebra), Connor Dyer (Melman the Giraffe) and Hannah Victoria (Gloria the Hippo). All of the cast are extremely likeable, although it’s Kieran Mortell as King Julien who steals the show with his energy and charisma shining through from the second he makes his entrance.

Where Madagascar – The Musical truly excels is in capturing the magic of the 2005 film on the stage. Visually, the production is spectacular and each scene certainly looks the part thanks to the extravagant costumes, colourful backdrops and high quality puppetry. Likewise, the musical features the tongue-in-cheek humour which the movie is well-known for, with slapstick moments and toilet humour aplenty.

Yet, for all its strong points, Madagascar – The Musical’s biggest setback is its soundtrack. Whilst the majority of the tracks are upbeat with vibrant choreography to match, they aren’t particularly memorable. The only exception is “I Like To Move It”, which has audience members, young and old, dancing in the aisles.

3.5

Summary

When it comes to musicals, Madagascar may not be the king of the jungle, but it’s certainly fun for all the family.

“Madagascar: The Musical” is at Darlington Hippodrome from Wednesday, October 9th, 2019 to Sunday, October 13th, 2019.

Tickets can be purchased from the box office on 01325 405405 or through the website.