Review: Wild for Madagascar?
I like to move it move it! Muddy gives you a sneak peak review ahead of Madagascar The Musical coming to Kent! Read on to see if Matt 'The X Factor' Terry has animal attraction. Go see!
Although the plot feels a bit threadbare, it’s an uncomplicated, easy-breezy night of theatre that is perfect for a family outing. My fidget midget four-year-old was utterly transfixed and howling with laughter at the jokes, loved the puppetry, busting out a few moves for ‘I Like To Move It, Move It’. Even the teenager, managed more than a few chuckles.
Matt Terry, as the mane star, has a strong voice and for his first musical theatre role, is made for this kinda work, impressively hitting some high notes in couple of early numbers, he’s also a great dancer leaping round the stage like a gazelle while wearing a padded suit that covers his head in faux fur. Timmika Ramsay also delivers a solid performance as Gloria, while Antoine Murray-Straughan’s rapping, freedom-craving zebra is a perfect pal for Terry’s pampered puss. But Jo Parsons’ King Julien steals the show in the second act, playing his surreal, party-loving Lemur monarch like a character who got left behind at an Ibizan beach party in 1992.
It’s important to note there are plenty of grown up gags about a rectol thermometer, but King Julien’s hilarious skit about Adam’s stinky bowels had all ages crying. I mean who doesn’t love parp joke? This, and the bizzare yet brilliant number with three singing steaks (trust me, you’ll love it), goes to show this is a production that embraces the eccentric and runs with it.
Personally, I would’ve loved to have heard more of the original music from the movie, but the puppetry, humour, faultless performances, and dazzling stage design will lure you into the Madagascar jungle for a roarsome night out.
Madagascar The Musical will be at The Marlowe Theatre, Weds 24 – Sun 28 July 2019