ONE WILD ADVENTURE

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Madagascar The Musical sets to transform Kuala Lumpur into a magical, jungle world.

Words ANIS RAMLI

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This December, Madagascar The Musical will be live in Kuala Lumpur since its acclaimed UK tour. Based on the smash-hit DreamWorks animated motion picture, the musical invites audiences to join Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe and Gloria the Hippo on an exciting adventure as they make an escape from their home in New York’s Central Park Zoo and enter into a madcap world of the hilarious King Julien. Malaysia is the first in Southeast Asia to host the international DreamWorks production.

The Plenary Hall at KLCC is set to be transformed into a colourful jungle world of the island of Madagascar with props and background depicting the animated motion picture. Audiences will also get to catch penguins Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Privateas as they set to go on a wacky adventure.

The challenge to adapt a motion picture into real-life entertainment takes a lot of research and planning, as everything – from the set to the characters – has to look and feel the same as the movie. Originally, Madagascar was a 50-minute one act arena tour. It is now a full-blown two-act musical with some new music written for the show.

Complicated set-ups, intricate costumes and hours of make-up remain the easy parts. What requires the most attention is ensuring the audience are as captivated and entertained (if not more!) watching the musical as they did the movie. And, with the musical being staged live, obviously there is no room for mistakes.

For instance, the most complicated scene is the end of act one on the ship. On stage are the big animal crates as well as the penguin crates, boxes and the ship’s wheel that all comes on quickly, but then has to disappear just as quickly too in small blackout moments. Timing it perfectly is the key to its successful execution.

There are also limitations on the varying sizes of stages and their technical capabilities. Madagascar has played at some of the biggest venues in the UK and also some of the smaller ones. Being able to adapt and upscale and downscale many, many times allows the musical to perform in various cities and reach out to a wider audience. Some venues may not have flying capabilities for example, which means certain elements for the show have to be cut. But the show still works extremely well and looks amazing in whatever venue it is staged.

The musical also features some really interesting costumes; the most complicated being King Julien’s. In addition, it can take an actor anything from 30 minutes to over an hour depending on how efficient they are to make their own make-up. During the show, there are also a number of actors who change from one character to another and these can sometimes take as little as under a minute to do.

Audiences watching the musical will be amazed at the wonderful, energetic and visually stunning production where every character will bring them along on a journey from Central Park Zoo to Madagascar. Madagascar The Musical will be in Kuala Lumpur 5 to 8 December, 2019. For where to purchase tickets, visit www.milestone-entertainment.com or www.facebook.com/MilestoneEntertainment.Show/

 

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