Madagascar musical roars into Melbourne

It turns out kids really like to "move it move it" at the Melbourne season of Madagascar the Musical.

Kids were dancing in the aisles at the premiere on Wednesday night, according to Joe Kalou, who plays Marty the Zebra.

"We look out in the audience and the kids are all dancing, doing all the moves, it's the best," he told AAP.

Adapted from the 2005 animated film which features the hit song "I like to move it move it", the show has played to sold out theatres in the UK and New Zealand.

It's just wrapped up a season in Sydney and its run in Melbourne lasts two weeks before the show heads to Perth.

The story follows the adventures of Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, and Gloria the Hippo, who grew up in New York City Zoo.

They escape from their enclosures and - even though they've never left the "continent" of Manhattan - find themselves washed up on a beach in Madagascar.

"It's all about friendship and sticking together no matter what," said Bryn Monk, who plays Melman.

The film version of Madagascar was so popular it's become part of our cultural DNA, according to producer Suzanne Jones, who said feel-good theatre is just what the world needs right now.

"Shows like this, where there are humans onstage delivering such great joy and wonder and enthusiasm is such a fantastic panacea for the way the world feels at the moment, because it feels hard," she told AAP.

"For me personally as a producer, I love that people walk out having changed their mood and their way of thinking about the world."

Madagascar the Musical is playing at the Comedy Theatre in Melbourne from January 4 to 15.

The Perth season is on at the Crown Theatre January 19 to 26.