Ronald Dahl’s Matilda, the Perfect Date

February 14, 2014-
My little girl adores musicals and how great is that since her mommy shares the same love of the theatre! This Valentine’s day, as a gift from her dad, we went to see Ronald Dahl’s Matilda on Broadway. It was a magical evening and probably the best Valentine’s ever. Seeing how much she enjoyed the show was definitely a gift.

Liana & me
Liana & me

We had read the book and seen the movie about a dozen times and now seeing the play was even better. She could not stop talking about it. I was happy to see that Liana was not the only child out on Valentine’s Day. In fact, there were lots of little girls dressed in red spending the evening watching the play.

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The show commenced with a performance given by about a dozen child actors. The children gave such a wonderful performance full of energy. They did everything from singing and acting to dancing and flipping around on stage.

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I must say little Matilda surely stole the show. I’m not sure who played her that night or if it was more than one girl. That’s how good she was I guess.  Mr. Wormwood played by Gabriel Ebert (Matilda’s father), was quite a character making us laugh and exchange looks like “he’s crazy!” But the character that made us crack up the most was Miss Trunchbull who was played by Chris Hoch. Yes, a man played this manly female character. One word: Hilarious! Trunchbull had the audience laughing hard and long. Liana said it was so funny, she’d see it again.

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The Shubert Theatre is small but the stage set up was fantastic. They used lots of lights to show emotions and cast shadows. It was very clever. Liana’s favorite part was the finale where the children celebrated and sang after Miss Trunchbull fled the school. Bruce (Jack Broderick) took it away getting very groovy with it in a disco beat.

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The Story:

The Tony Award®-winning MATILDA THE MUSICAL is the story of an extraordinary girl who dreams of a better life. Armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, Matilda dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. Rolling Stone calls the show “hands down the BEST MUSICAL of the season.” Based on the beloved novel by Roald Dahl, MATILDA has won 47 international awards, and continues to thrill sold-out audiences of all ages on Broadway and in London’s West End.

My Thoughts: 

Would I recommend this play?  Any musical theatre lover will enjoy this.

To families? Absolutely! Any child ages 5 and up will surely appreciate this production.

I love the message that the story sends. Matilda is a curios and intelligent little girl who is not loved or appreciated by her family. She stands up for herself and for her classmates at school against a bully principal. Her and Miss Honey find each other and by chance and truly need one another’s gifts. Miss Honey provides love and support to the child and the child gives Miss Honey Love and above all, courage.

Make sure to stop at Ben & Jerry’s afterwards for an extra treat 😉

*Tip– go on a full stomach. Maybe after dinner. We did the opposite. A drink and two candies can easily cost you $30. Save that for ice cream later.

*These are my honest opinions. I was not paid for this post.

*Photo Credit: http://us.matildathemusical.com/