Madagascar JR | Young Australian Broadway Chorus

Madagascar JR | Young Australian Broadway ChorusWho knows what Stage School are feeding their students in rehearsals, but once again they have turned out a bright-eyed, bushy-tailed cast who don't put a foot out of place, with voices ringing as clear as bells.

When the adventurous zebra (Aidan Khan) decides there must be more to life than the Central Park Zoo – which is actually pretty depressing IRL – he uses the power of his birthday wish to break out into the big bad world. At the same time a concurrent mission is happening with the zoo’s band of covert penguins, headed up by the most excellent and perky Rebecca Katz as Skipper.

Marty the Zebra is followed in close pursuit by his mates: the sassy hippo Gloria (Kristen Robertson), the hilariously hypochondriac giraffe Melman (Declan Ahern), and the loyal, handsome lion Alex (Jackson Hurwood).

The escapees are gassed out of the subway – in a glorious psychedelic, Beatles-style sequence – stuffed into crates on a boat, then end up in the fabled Madagascar, where they encounter gangs of ferocious fossa and they’re nerdy prey the lemurs. Adam Forgione boasts great comic chops and kookiness as the eccentric head lemur, King Julien. Alex the lion realises how good he had it in captivity with daily food delivery, and starts seeing steaks dancing in front of his eyes, literally.

This is a gorgeous production by the Young Australian Broadway Chorus, with bright, brilliant costumes, awesome energy and fun choreography – a great experience for both cast and their audience, with my little theatre-goers belting out “I Like to Move it Move it” and dancing down the street afterwards.

 

Young Australian Broadway Chorus presents
Madagascar JR – A Musical Adventure
book Kevin Del Aguila | original music and lyrics George Noriega & Joel Someillan

Venue: Union Theatre | University of Melbourne, Parkville, VIC
Dates: 11 – 14 July 2018
Tickets: $22.50 – $27.50
Bookings: www.madagascar-jr.com

 

 

Related Articles

What Am I Supposed To Do? (WAISTD) What Am I Supposed To Do? (WAISTD)
Being both participant and audience forces a level of engagement that is physical and immediate, enjoyable and challenging. However it does feel that the nature of the "theatre of performance" is more...
Society | After Dark Theatre Society | After Dark Theatre
If you like flips, tricks, circus routines, song and dance then this is the party to attend. Photo – Jacinta Oaten A Lavish Party set in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Rocking a full...

Most read Melbourne reviews

Sunday in the Park with George | Watch This

While at surface Sunday in the Park with George is a story about the creation of art and the...


The Rapture Chapter II: Art vs Extinction | Finucane & Smith

The name Moira Finucane comes labelled with many superlatives – world renowned, multi award...


Quite Drunk, Very Jesus-y

Theology is a sensitive topic, it can both bring people together and completely polarise them.


The Beautiful Game | Manilla Street Productions

Producer and Director Karen Jemison has assembled an incredibly present, intelligent and...


Happy-Go-Wrong | Andi Snelling

Searing words, focused choreography, bin liners and the struggle of living with lymes disease.


Sign up for our newsletter

* indicates required