DreamWorks Theatricals and Broadway Across America’s “Madagascar Live” Hits the Road across North America
National Tour Traveling To 70 Cities in 2011
GLENDALE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--DreamWorks Theatricals and Broadway Across America launched the national tour of “MADAGASCAR LIVE” in York, PA today. The production is expected to visit over 70 cities across the United States and Canada. The brand new stage show aimed at family audiences stars the cast of popular characters from the beloved “Madagascar” film series, including Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the Hippo and members of the madcap Madagascar crew, King Julien and the crafty Penguins.
Widely successful across audiences of all ages, the original story will be brought to new life in the 90-minute stage show that will transport audience members from the Central Park Zoo to the wilds of Madagascar. In addition to featuring everyone’s favorite characters, “MADAGASCAR LIVE” takes the audience on an action packed adventure with imaginative set, costume and puppet design, magnificent singing and dancing and the hit song “Move It, Move It” for an experience the entire family will enjoy.
“MADAGASCAR LIVE” is being directed by Gip Hoppe, director of “Dora the Explorer Live” who has worked with Broadway Across America and Nickelodeon on other family friendly live touring productions including: “Blue’s Clues Live,” “Dora’s Pirate Adventure” and “Go, Diego, Go Live!” Hoppe also wrote and directed the Broadway play “Jackie: An American Life” and is a founding member and co-artistic director of the Wellfleet Harbor Actor’s Theatre.
The show is being written by Kevin Del Aguila, who received a Drama Desk Award nomination as book writer of the Off-Broadway hit “Alter Boyz” and has also written the musical adaptations of the children’s books “Lilly’s Big Day” and “Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type.”
Tony Award-winner David Gallo, whose Broadway credits include “Memphis,” “Xanadu,” “The Drowsy Chaperone,” “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” and “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” and whose touring show credits include “Dora The Explorer Live” and “Blue’s Clues Live,” serves as the show’s Scenic Designer.
The show will feature costume design by Tony Award-winning Gregg Barnes, whose Broadway credits include “Legally Blonde,” “Flower Drum Song,” “The Drowsy Chaperone,” “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” and whose touring show credits include “Disney On Ice – Princess Classics,” “Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular,” “Winnie The Pooh” and Madison Square Garden’s “The Wizard of Oz.”
Joel Someillan and George Noriega are serving as the show’s composers and lyricists. Joel and George have worked with several popular artists including Gloria Estefan, Ricky Martin and Mandy Moore and between them have amassed a collection of gold and platinum records and won multiple Grammys. They have also composed music for Nickelodeon’s “Dora the Explorer” and “Go, Diego, Go” television shows and the “Go, Diego, Go Live!” touring stage show.
For more information and on-sale dates for “MADAGASCAR LIVE,” visit www.madlive.com.
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MADAGASCAR LIVE 2011 Tour Dates (schedule subject to change)
February 3-6 Pittsburgh, PA Benedum
February 8-9 Norfolk, VA Chrysler Hall
February 11-13 Houston, TX Hobby Center
February 15-16 Birmingham, AL BJCC
February 18-20 Durham, NC Durham Performing Arts Center
February 22-23 Toledo, OH Stranahan Theater
February 25-27 Columbus, OH Palace Theatre
March 1-2 Peoria, IL Peoria Civic Center
March 4-6 Louisville, KY Palace Theatre
March 8-9 Kalamazoo, MI Miller Auditorium
March 11-13 Des Moines, IA Civic Center of Greater Des Moines
March 16-20 Chicago, IL Rosemont Theater
March 22-23 Saginaw, MI Dow Theatre
March 25-27 Memphis, TN Orpheum Theater
March 29-30 Indianapolis, IN Murat Theater
April 1-3 Minneapolis, MN Orpheum Theatre
April 5-6 Ft. Wayne, IN Embassy Theatre
April 8-10 Providence, RI Providence Performing Arts Center
April 15-24 New York City, NY Radio City Music Hall
April 26-27 Knoxville, TN Tennessee Theatre
April 29 – May 1 Detroit, MI Fox Theater
May 3-4 Appleton, WI Fox Cities Performing Arts Center
May 6-8 Wallingford, CT Oakdale Theatre
May 11-15 Philadelphia, PA Academy of Music
May 18-22 Washington, DC Warner Theater
May 25-29 Toronto, ON Sony Centre
Three lucky grand prize winners will win one of these three packages:
MADAGASCAR LIVE AND ON THE LOOSE IN NEW YORK CITY
- Trip for 4 to New York City
- VIP tickets to see MADAGASCAR LIVE! at Radio City Music Hall from April 15-25, 2011
- A chance to meet Alex and friends backstage
- A goody bag full of fun Madagascar merchandise
SHREK THE MUSICAL IN HOLLYWOOD
- Trip for 4 to Los Angeles
- VIP tickets to see SHREK THE MUSICAL at the Pantages Theatre in July, 2011
- A chance to meet Shrek and the fairytale gang backstage
- A good bag full of great Shrek prizes
- A tour of the DreamWorks Animation campus
THE HOLLYWOOD PREMIER OF KUNG FU PANDA 2
- Trip for 4 to Los Angeles
- Tickets to the KUNG FU PANDA 2 premier this Summer
- A goody bag full of fun DreamWorks merchandise
VISIT: www.dreamworksanimation.com/theatricals to learn more & enter.
About DreamWorks Theatricals
DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. (DWA) established DreamWorks Theatricals to produce stage productions based on its films and other original adapted works. Currently planned projects include an arena spectacular based on How To Train Your Dragon produced in association with Global Creatures as well as an arena show based on Kung Fu Panda produced in association with Franco Dragone Entertainment. DreamWorks Theatricals is currently represented by the North American tour of Shrek The Musical as well as the upcoming London production set to open in May of 2011 at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. DWA is devoted to producing high quality family entertainment though the use of computer-generated animation. Jeffrey Katzenberg currently serves as DWA’s CEO and is on the Board of Directors and was a co-founder of DreamWorks Studios in 1994. The President of DreamWorks Theatricals is Bill Damaschke.
About Broadway Across America
Broadway Across America (Producer) is owned and operated by British theatre producer John Gore (CEO) and entertainment industry veteran Thomas B. McGrath (Chairman). Broadway Across America presents first-class touring musicals and plays across 40 North American cities. Under the supervision of Beth Williams (COO & Head of Production), Broadway Across America is also dedicated to the development and production of new and diverse theatre. Current productions include Promises, Promises; Million Dollar Quartet; La Cage Aux Folles; West Side Story; Memphis; The Scottsboro Boys; the West End production of Flashdance and the upcoming revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Current touring productions include Dreamgirls and Nickelodeon's Storytime Live. Please visit BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com