Madagascar The Musical at The Bristol Hippodrome Review

Madagascar The Musical
The Bristol Hippodrome
Tuesday 09 October 2018

I honestly didn’t think this show would be more than mildly entertaining at best, with some weak jokes and cheap movie to stage production. I couldn’t have been more wrong and it shows how dangerous preconceived ideas about theatre shows can be.

It doesn’t take the classic approach that The Lion King did, but this show was upbeat, entertaining and at times, hysterically funny. I really enjoyed it.

It’s a small cast of ten that brings the much-loved Dreamworks Animation Studios film to life. Much of it features puppetry and the costume retains the design of the original animated characters.

Brandan Gale was announced as Alex the lion, who finds himself washed onto the shores of Madagascar with best friend Marty, performed by fabulous dancer Antoine Murray-Straughan.

With her rich vocals and sassy attitude, Timmika Ramsay brought Hippo Gloria to life. And, puppeteer Jamie Lee-Morgan gave us the woeful hypochondriac Melman.

Act II was definitely where the show found its pace. Everyone in the audience was so ready for I like to Move it and we weren’t let down. Typical theatre etiquette was out the window. We all joined in.

Jo Parsons’ King Julien was hysterical, I laughed until I cried. The highlight of the show doesn’t sound all that funny written down, but when he stands downwind of Alex it brought the house down.

This is the perfect family show. It’s happy, upbeat and will have you clapping along and dancing at the end. It had us roaring with laughter. We all need more shows like this in our lives.

Madagascar The Musical is at The Bristol Hippodrome until Saturday 13 October 2018.

Perfect for children aged three years upwards.

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