Animated zoo story charms on live stage
Popular characters from family film animation Madagascar take to the live stage at Exeter's Westpoint arena this weekend.
Audiences can see pampered lion Alex, lemur king Julien and the plotting penguins in this brand new production – DreamWorks' Madagascar Live!. Marty the zebra, Melman the giraffe, hippopotamus Gloria, and the gang offer a colourful show full of song, dance and non-stop fun.
The story centres on the animals from New York's Central Park Zoo who find themselves on an unexpected journey to Madagascar.
Their celebration of friendship is brought vividly to life by imaginative sets and costumes, action-packed adventure and spectacular tunes, including an unmissable version of Move It, Move It.
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Bill Damaschke, chief creative officer for DreamWorks, said: "I could not be more delighted that the characters of Madagascar will be taking to the stage. The show is an inventive, entertaining live experience."
Martin Lawrance's Madcap, is a startlingly original piece that forms part of the exhilarating new programme from the Richard Alston Dance Company which comes to Exeter's Northcott Theatre next week.
This critically acclaimed work is accompanied by music from New York band Bang on a Can All-Stars.
In Buzzing Round the Hunnisuccle, the renowned choreographer combines two pieces of music by Jo Kondo in a dance of nimble and breathtaking precision: Isthmus moves with rapid light rhythms, both sharp and delicate.
By contrast, Hunnisuccle is an oasis of calm-hushed chords creating a sense of mystery in the air.
For the evening's finale, Richard has revived his effervescent The Devil in the Detail, inspired by the music of ragtime king Scott Joplin.
Irresistible classics such as Maple Leaf Rag and The Entertainer are blended with the lightness and finesse of his distinctive direction.