The production — which will feature characters from the 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 — is expected to visit over 70 cities across the United States beginning in January 2011.
The tour will reach Manhattan April 15-24, 2011, at Radio City Music Hall.
"We are thrilled to have assembled such an exceptional crew of artists, storytellers and musicians to capture the adventure and humor of DreamWorks Animation’s 'Madagascar' movies in an inventive live entertainment experience for the whole family," stated Bill Damaschke, president of DreamWorks Theatricals. "We look forward to working alongside the talented team at Broadway Across America to bring the magical setting of Madagascar to life in fun and engaging ways that have never been done before."
Madagascar Live is being written by Kevin Del Aguila, who received a Drama Desk Award nomination as book writer of the Off-Broadway hit Altar Boyz. It is being directed by Gip Hoppe and will feature scenic design by Tony Award winner David Gallo, costume design by Tony winner Gregg Barnes and songs by composers-lyricists Joel Someillan and George Noriega.
The 90-minute show, according to press notes, "will transport audience members from the Central Park Zoo to the wild of Madagascar." The production will also feature the hit song “Move It, Move It." For more information, including a chance to win tickets to the production's Radio City Music Hall engagement, visit www.madlive.com.