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click to enlarge Stephen Schellhardt, Gilbert Domally, Jordan Brown, and Lisa Estridge

Stephen Schellhardt, Gilbert Domally, Jordan Brown, and Lisa Estridge

Liz Lauren

When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 27 2017
Price: $22-$34
Chicago Shakespeare Theater favorite Rachel Rockwell directs and choreographs this 70-minute adaptation of DreamWorks’ animated film, with book by Kevin Del Aguila and music and lyrics by George Noriega and Joel Someillan. It’s a zany, more kid-friendly riff on The Lion King, following the adventures of Alex the Lion (Jordan Brown) Marty the Zebra (Gilbert Domally), Gloria the Hippo (Lisa Estridge), and Melman the Giraffe (Stephen Schellhardt) once they break out of New York’s Central Park Zoo and find themselves marooned on the island of Madagascar. The potent mix of danceable pop tunes (“Move It” brought all to their feet when I attended), lessons on friendship, and sly humor for the adults (mainly from the mischievous penguins) translates well in Chicago Shakes’s polished production. —Marissa Oberlander

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