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Review: 'Madagascar Live' a fun, amusing version of movie

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Monday, Feb. 7, 2011
 

"Madagascar Live," which played this weekend at the Benedum Center, was as lively and amusing as one would expect the stage version of the popular, animated movie to be.

The Dreamworks production on tour featured real-life, singing versions of the mischievous characters on their adventurous escapade from the Central Park Zoo to the exotic island of Madagascar. The leads include Alex the lion, who becomes ravenously hungry for steak in an herbivore-friendly environment. Marty the zebra dreams of a larger life than one cooped up in the zoo. Gloria the hippo provided comic relief with her goofy spirit and roly-poly purple costume.

The kids went crazy when the cast started singing "I Like to Move It" a catchy, fun hip-hop song played in the movie.

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