Yesterday, we were invited to the opening night for Madagascar Live! at Mastercard Theatres in Marina Bay Sands. The kids were no strangers to the Madagascar franchise. We have encountered Madagascar during our Royal Caribbean Cruise, at Movie World in Gold Coast and at Universal Studios Singapore.
Madagascar Live! is a musical that brings the very first Madagascar movie to live on stage. Many of the scenes and converstations from the movie were painstakingly reproduced in this musical.
About Mastercard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands
Since this is my first post on a show at Mastercard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands, let me just tell you a bit about attending a show here. The first time I came for Disney Live!, they made me leave my Sony camera in the cloak room and said only compact cameras were allowed. (Hence, a review of that show never materialized on my blog.. hah! No photo how to review?) This time round, I only brought a compact camera and it passed the screening at the door.
Boosters seats were available for children, so grab one once you pass the screening and before you enter the theatre.
Snacks like popcorns could be bought and consumed inside the theatre. (They sold hot dogs too but we couldn’t bring the hot dogs into the theatre.) The cheese popcorn was yummy btw.
Let Madagascar Live begin!
The show opened at Central Park Zoo, just like in the movie.
The backdrop for each scene was changed using the projector.
The main characters of the show came out one by one, starting with Marty the Zebra.
Gloria the Hippo.
Melman the giraffe – who appeared looking sickly and with a doctor no less.
And the penguins. Everyone loves the penguins.
I thought it was hilarious that they kept throwing confetti around to simulate the snow falling inside the snow globe.
And of course, Alex the Lion.
There was a sequence of the penguins breaking out and they ran through the audience which super amused all of us who were sitting in front.
The animals celebrated Marty’s 10th birthday with Marty longing to be out in the wild. After which, Marty decided to escape from the zoo, ending the first scene. So far, the kids were enjoying the show and even little MY, whom I worried would be too young to appreciate a musical, was totally glued by the numerous songs and dances!
There was a news sequence with the reporter announcing that there was a zebra on the loose.
She went down to the audience and started interviewing people – I loved this interaction with the audience!
The stage transformed to the Grand Central Station – with some fancy train prop where the train could come and go and the train door could open and close. It was quite cool to see the animals hopping on and off the train in perfect timing.
After Alex was shot by a tranquilizer dart, the scene changed to a ship and the animals woke up to find themselves in boxes.
And the penguins too, who easily broke out of the box.
The sequence of the penguins taking over the ship was an entertaining mixture of animation and real-life action.
After the penguins took over the ship, the scene changed to the beach where the animals arrived at Madagascar.
They soon met the lemurs and fossa.
I thought it was pretty cool that the fossa had lights coming out of their eyes.
The animals rescue the baby lemur from the fossa. And there was a 20-min interval before we returned and met King Julien!
The second half opened with “I Like to Move it Move it” which got everyone into the mood.
The story continued with Alex dreaming of steaks (I was super amused by the dancing steak) and Alex started showing his animal instinct and attacked Marty.
By this time, little MY was getting lethargic and getting off his seat and squirming around.
He didn’t seem very interested in the conversations going on between the lemurs and their song and dance.
But thankfully, the penguins appeared soon after to grab his attention back! Gosh, we were starting to miss the penguins. Again, they interacted with the audience and asked them some ridiculous questions to get us laughing.
And the show ended with the final fight with the fossa.
And one last ‘Move it Move it’ where the cast got off the stage and asked audience to stand up and dance with them. It was a great way to end the show, with kids running out to the front to dance with the cast.
And everyone was on their feet by the time the cast took their final bow.
I enjoyed Madagascar Live! a lot – with the songs and dances. MF was totally glued throughout the whole show, though the younger one started to get restless in the second half, probably due to the absence of the penguins. I LOVE the penguins – their acting was so good and they made me laugh every time they appeared, just like in the movie. I also like how they involved the audience during the show with the interviews and running through the audience and getting us to dance at the end.
Madagascar Live! is performing in Singapore for 4 days only, from 21 April to 24 April 2016. Catch it at Mastercard Theatres, Marina Bay Sands, this weekend before they’re gone!
Show Dates: 21 – 24 April 2016
- 21 April 2016 (Thur): 6pm
- 22 April 2016 (Fri): 6pm
- 23 April (Sat): 11am, 2.30pm & 6pm
- 24 April (Sun): 11am, 2.30pm & 6pm
Show Venue: Mastercard Theatres, Marina Bay Sands
- Children below 1 year old may be admitted free of charge provided they do not occupy a seat (they must be seated on the lap of a parent or guardian).
- Children aged 1 year old and above must purchase a ticket for admission.
- All children below 12 years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
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