Cast revealed for Madagascar the Musical tour with Karim Zeroual

Casting has been announced for the new tour of Madagascar the Musical.

Based on the hit 2005 DreamWorks animation, Madagascar the Musical tells the story of a group of zoo animals who suddenly find themselves having to adapt to life in the wild in Madagascar.

A brand new tour begins at Theatre Royal Plymouth this October before visiting venues across the UK in 2023 and into 2024.

Meet the cast

Leading the cast will be TV presenter and Strictly Come Dancing star Karim Zeroual as King Julien with Joseph Hewlett as Alex, Francisco Gomes as Marty, Joshua Oakes-Rogers as Melman and Jarneia Richard-Noel as Gloria.

Joining them are Laura Marie Benson (Kowalski / Candy), Ella Howlett (Rico), Brogan McFarlane (Private / Mort), Connor Keetley (Skipper / Maurice), James Hilton-Foster (Ensemble), Gabriel Hinchliffe (Swing / Mason / Puppet Captain) and Aidan Harkins (Swing / Skipper).

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Alex the lion is the king of the urban jungle, the main attraction at New York’s Central Park Zoo. He and his best friends – Marty the zebra, Melman the giraffe and Gloria the hippo – have spent their whole lives in blissful captivity before an admiring public and with regular meals provided for them. Not content to leave well enough alone, Marty lets his curiosity get the better of him and makes his escape – with the help of some prodigious penguins – to explore the world.

Join Alex, Marty, Melman, Gloria and those hilarious, plotting penguins as they bound onto stage in the musical adventure of a lifetime. Filled with outlandish characters, adventure galore and an upbeat score, you’ll have no choice but to “Move It, Move It!”

The musical has a book by Kevin Del Aguila and original music and lyrics by George Noriega & Joel Someillan.

Kirk Jameson directs the production with choreography by Fabian Aloise, design by Tom Rogers, lighting design by Howard Hudson, sound design by Chris Whybrow, musical supervision by Mark Crossland, puppet design by Max Humphries, puppet direction by Emma Brunton, casting by Sarah Jane Price, casting supervision by Laura Rushton, musical direction by Angharad Sanders, assistant director Phil Crofts and make up designer Craig Forrest-Thomas.

About the author: Josh Darvill

Josh is Stageberry's editor with over five years of experience writing about theatre in the West End and across the UK. Prior to following his passion for musicals, he worked for more than a decade as a TV journalist.