BASED on the smash hit DreamWorks animated motion picture, Madagascar – The Musical follows the 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 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.

Join them as they bound onto the stage in this musical adventure.

To be in with a chance of winning a family ticket for Madagascar – The Musical, answer the following question:

Which Friends star was the voice of Melman the giraffe in the animated motion picture of Madagascar?

Send your entries including a telephone number and (if possible) email address to: Madagascar Competition, The Northern Echo, Priestgate, Darlington DL1 1NF or email your entries to with Madagascar in the subject line, to reach us by 5pm on Friday, September 27.

The prize of one family ticket (four tickets in total, at least one must be taken by an adult aged 18-plus) is valid for the 7.30pm performance on Wednesday, October 9 at Darlington Hippodrome.

The prize is non transferable, no cash alternative is available and it is only valid for the above performance. Winners will be informed by telephone / email.

Madagascar – The Musical is at Darlington Hippodrome from Wednesday, October 9 to Sunday, October 13.

Tickets are available from the Darlington Hippodrome box office on 01325 405405 or through the website