The Growing Stage, The Children’s Theatre of New Jersey, is proud to present Madagascar – A Musical Adventure from April 27 through May 20. The special opening night performance is on Friday, April 27, at 7:30. Saturday and Sunday matinees are at 4:00. The Growing Stage is located in the historic Palace Theatre on Route 183 in Netcong.

Madagascar – A Musical Adventure tells the story of Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the hip hop Hippo, and hilarious, plotting penguins that bound onto the stage in the musical adventure of a lifetime. Children can follow their favorite 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.

The play is based on the DreamWorks Animation motion picture with a book by Kevin Del Aguila and original music and lyrics by George Noriega and Joel Someillan. This production is under the direction of Stephen L. Fredericks, executive director/founder of The Growing Stage. Musical direction is by Stephen Fox and choreography by Jillian Petrie.

The production features the talents of 10 professional and community artists, most from New Jersey: James Ross of Monmouth Junction (Boy Sees Flying Saucer) as Alex the Lion; Davis Cameron Lemley of Cedar Grove (The Cat In the Hat) as Marty the Zebra; Allie Ambriano of Howell (Cinderella) as Gloria the Hippo; Kirk Jasen Lambert of Newark (Disney’s Beauty and the Beast) as Melman the Giraffe; Ryan Hagan of Limerick, Pennsylvania (Boy Sees Flying Saucer) as Skipper the Penguin; Brandon Wiener of Hackettstown (Peter Pan) as Kowalski the Penguin; Sharon Romano of Gillette (A Christmas Carol) as Private the Penguin; Nikole Rizzo of Newburyport, Massachusetts (Cinderella) as Rico the Penguin; Grace Noel of Evansville, Indiana (Boy Sees Flying Saucer) as Maurice the Lemur; and Na’Jee Tariq of Newark (TGS Debut) as King Julien.

Tickets for Madagascar – A Musical Adventure are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors, and $15 for children. Purchase tickets online at or contact the box office at 973-347-4946. Special group rates are available. Following the opening night performance, audience members are invited to participate in a talkback session with the creative team.

The play is sponsored in part by Eric Blumencraz, with additional funding from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and ongoing support from The Growing Stage’s corporate, foundation, family, and individual partners.

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