Sunday, February 06, 2011

Move It, Move It

We all know by now that I'm a complete child at heart, the sort of adult who will probably never be a full fledged adult. When the great folks at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust offered me the opportunity to take in Madagascar Live at the Benedum Center in Pittsburgh, I of course jumped at the chance.

Madagascar Live,  is a wonderful play that can provide children with their first taste of live theater. The story follows the tale of some mischievous penguins, Alex the lion, Gloria the hippo, Marty the zebra, and Melman the giraffe as they travel from the Central Park Zoo to the island of Madagascar. The play sticks pretty true to the storyline from the movie but with some wonderful use live actors and puppets.  The use of sets and scenery were extremely well done to move the story along.

The musical numbers were catchy and invited the audience to "Move It, Move It" several times. I'll be completely honest, I missed some of the choreography on stage because I was completely taken with a little boy who was break dancing in the middle of the aisle next to my seat. That little kid has some moves! In addition to making me giggle, part of me wished it was acceptable for adults to get up and dance as well.

Some noteworthy parts of the show-- the actor who plays the giraffe does the entire show on stilts (and dances on them) and while the show is of course child friendly, some of the lines and jokes are completely for the adults.  Overall this is a great show to take the entire family too and everyone will enjoy. Pittsburgh was only the second stop on the North American tour. Check this site to see if the show is headed to a city near you!

Disclaimer:  I was provided tickets for my mom and I to see the show courtesy of the Pittsburgh Cultural Arts. I was not compensated or required to write a review. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own.