Today my family & I got a chance to go see Madagascar Live! - A live musical version of the Dreamworks hit movie, Madagascar! I have to say I was a tad scared to hoof it downtown Pittsburgh this weekend of all weekends. There is a TON of activity surrounding the downtown (dahntahn if you're from Pittsburgh) area. Something about a football game 'n at. But I was pleasantly surprised to find that it wasn't difficult to find close parking.
When we entered the Benedum Center, the kids immediately got lemur glasses (paper) to wear and there were announcements from the cast every 5 minutes until the show started. This really geared the kids up! To hear a countdown of when the show was to begin made the kids wiggle in their seats with big, goofy grins. Finally the show began! It was AMAZING! The acting and music was fun, fast-paced, and definitely foot tapping. Since the kids already knew the basic story, the insertion of original musical numbers made the experience new and exciting for the kids.
After the intermission (Approx. 45 min into the show), they sang the musical number the entire theater had been waiting for. King Julien and the cast sang, "Move it!" The kids were singing, giggling, and clapping to the beat. The whole cast danced and got silly to the delight of the kids, especially my 5 year old! At the conclusion of the show, the cast sang, "Move it!" again and the whole audience danced in their seats and had a good time!
After the show, we asked the kids what their favorite parts of the musical were. They both LOVED the penguins, of course. They also liked the "Move It" numbers. And they both really liked Maurice's number "Food Chain" (which is reminiscent of a James Brown number).
All in all, it was a great show! Our kids are 15 & 5 yrs old. But there were parents there with preschoolers and young children as well. The show was so entertaining and engaging, that even the wee little ones seemed to have no problem sitting for the 90 minute production.
To find out when Madagascar Live! will be visiting a city near you, check out the Madagascar Live! website.
Disclosure: KnitPurlGurl was given (4) tickets to Madagascar Live! free for review from Tellem Worldwide. KnitPurlGurl was not compensated for this blog post. All opinions expressed in the post are those of the blog author and do not necessarily reflect those of Tellem Worldwide, Broadway Across America, Dreamworks, or any of their respective affiliates.