Madagascar penguins

Italy's Gardaland will debut a new live show based on the popular Madagascar animated movies in 2013, dubbed Madagascar Live! It's Circus Time.

Gardaland will become the latest park operated by Merlin Entertainments Group to host a Madagascar-themed show, after Dreamworks Magagascar Live! Prepare to Party debuted at Chessington World of Adventures in 2012.

The Italian version of the show is likely to be similar to the Chessington musical, which features a range of song-and-dance routines. A host of characters from the movies will appear, including Alex, King Julien, Gloria, Mort and the mischievous penguins.

The Madagascar Live! show at Chessington was the first live show to be based on the Dreamworks movie franchise in Europe, and Merlin looks set to roll it out to further parks now that its appeal has been proven.

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