The Cast of Madagscar The Musical Visit Dudley Zoo Ahead of Wolverhampton Performances!

11 Apr 2019

Published in: Member News

Matt Terry, the X Factor winner and other cast members from Madagascar The Musical visited Dudley Zoo recently.

Cast members from MADAGASCAR THE MUSICAL including The X Factor winner Matt Terry took some time out from touring to visit Dudley Zoo ahead of their performances at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre from Tuesday 7 – Saturday 11 May.

Matt Terry, joined by puppeteer cast members Darren John, Brandon Gale, Shane McDaid and Victoria Boden came face-to-face with the zoo’s colony of Humboldt Penguins. They were joined by the Penguins of Madagascar Skipper, Rico, Private and Kowalski.

Matt Terry said; “I’m having such an amazing time touring in Madagascar The Musical. The show brings together everything you will know and love from the Dreamworks film with an immense score and amazing sets, costumes and puppets. It’s an awesome night out for the whole family and I hope to see you there!”

Dudley Zoological Gardens Marketing Manager Andrea Hales, said: “It was our pleasure to welcome Matt Terry and the cast from Madagascar the Musical to DZG to hear about our ongoing conservation work with the threatened penguin species. Our 74-strong colony were particularly fascinated in coming face-to-face with their fabulous penguin puppets. We’re sure the show will be a great success when it arrives in Wolverhampton.”

Press & PR Manager at the Grand Theatre Scott Bird said; “the opportunity to take the cast of Madagascar was both fun and very informative - the resident penguins at the zoo seemed to really like their Madagascar counterparts. The cast got to learn lots about the animals that they puppeteer in the show and we’re very much looking forward to welcoming them to the Grand Theatre in May.”

Since winning The X Factor, Matt has been non-stop. He’s been recording music all over the world including Miami, LA and Scandinavia. After a top 3 hit with the Ed Sheeran-penned winner’s single When Christmas Comes Around, he released his debut album Trouble in November 2017. His first single from the album, Sucker For You has had nearly 60 million streams on Spotify. After Sucker For You, Matt went back to his Spanish childhood by featuring on Enrique Iglesias’s smash single, Subeme La Radio alongside Sean Paul. Matt’s role in MADAGASCAR THE MUSICAL has been hailed as a triumphant debut theatre performance. Receiving 5 star reviews across the tour.

Based on the smash Dreamworks animated motion picture, MADAGASCAR – THE MUSICAL follows all of your favourite crack-a-lackin’ friends as they escape from their home in New York’s Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien’s Madagascar.

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.

Tickets for MADAGASCAR THE MUSICAL from 7 – 11 May are on sale from the Grand Theatre Box Office in person, by calling 01902 42 92 12 or online at


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