Hit mu­si­cal will keep the X Fac­tor for dates in city

Hinckley Times - - FAMILY HEALTH - BECKY JONES hinck­ley­[email protected]­plc.com haythe­atre.com

AS if it wasn’t ex­cit­ing enough that Mada­gas­car - The Mu­si­cal is com­ing to Le­ices­ter, it has now been an­nounced that it will star X-Fac­tor star Matt Terry.

The 2016 win­ner is ap­pear­ing as Alex the Lion in the UK tour, which is al­ready un­der way.

It has now been con­firmed that he will be stay­ing in role as the tour con­tin­ues into the new year, with per­for­mances at Le­ices­ter Hay­mar­ket from March 5 to 9.

Since win­ning the ITV show, Matt has been record­ing mu­sic all over the world. After a top three 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.

He also fea­tured on En­rique Igle­sias’ sin­gle, Subeme La Ra­dio, along­side Sean Paul.

Matt’s role in Mada­gas­car has been hailed as a tri­umphant de­but the­atre per­for­mance, re­ceiv­ing five-star re­views across the tour.

Matt said: “I’m hav­ing such an amaz­ing time tour­ing in Mada­gas­car - The Mu­si­cal, the au­di­ences have been fan­tas­tic and I’m so ex­cited to be stay­ing with the com­pany to tour into 2019.

“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.”

Based on the smash DreamWorks an­i­mated mo­tion pic­ture, Mada­gas­car – The Mu­si­cal fol­lows all of your favourite cracka-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 wacky ad­ven­ture is brought to life by Sel­ladoor Fam­ily, the pro­duc­ers be­hind James And The Giant Peach, Seussi­cal and The Owl And The Pussy­cat and Hartshorn – Hook, pro­duc­ers of the Olivier Award win­ning Rotterdam, Mur­der Bal­lad, Urine­town and Amer­i­can Id­iot.

Tick­ets are priced from £27.50.

AN­I­MAL MAGIC: Matt Terry as Alex the Lion, and above, as fans usu­ally see him

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