Feb 7, 2011

“MADAGASCAR LIVE” National Tour Traveling To 70 Cities in 2011


GLENDALE, CA – February 7, 2011 – 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 ofpopular 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 anddirected 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 ChristmasSpectacular,” “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.

MADAGASCAR LIVE 2011 Tour Dates (schedule subject to change)
January 28-30               York, PA            
February 3-6                Pittsburgh, PA          
February 8-9                Norfolk, VA         
February 11-13          Houston, TX 
February 15-16          Birmingham, AL 
February 18-20          Durham, NC          
February 22-23          Toledo, OH 
February 25-27          Columbus, OH        
March 1-2               Peoria, IL          
March 4-6               Louisville, KY          
March 8-9               Kalamazoo, MI       
March 11-13             Des Moines, IA       
March 16-20             Chicago, IL         
March 22-23             Saginaw, MI 
March 25-27             Memphis, TN         
March 29-30             Indianapolis, IN        
April 1-3               Minneapolis, MN     
April 5-6               Ft. Wayne, IN           
April 8-10              Providence, RI          
April 15-24             New York City, NY 
April 26-27             Knoxville, TN 
April 29 – May 1            Detroit, MI 
May 3-4             Appleton, WI            
May 6-8             Wallingford, CT 
May 11-15               Philadelphia, PA 
May 18-22               Washington, DC 
May 25-29               Toronto, ON        

About DreamWorks TheatricalsDreamWorks 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. 
photo credit: Carol Rosegg
Disclaimer: My family is being provided complimentary tickets for review purposes.


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