Ok – I am one of those people. You know the ones… who never saw the movie, or knew that the movie was based on a book… yet, accepted the RSVP for the Matilda show with the intentions to treat my daughter to a night of culture. Together we read the Playbill introducing the cast, and by the plot summary we thought it sounded true to movie… or at least what we caught from the trailer on YouTube two hours before the performance.
Winner of 50 international awards, including the Tony Award®, and one of the biggest hits on Broadway, MATILDA THE MUSICAL is the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, 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 continues to thrill sold-out audiences of all ages on Broadway and in London’s West End.
– Matilda The Musical, 2016
The show begins with a fast paced introduction to Matilda’s life’s disposition. Now, I could introduce you to characters or break down the story act for act. But, unlike me, I’m sure you have heard the story before, and know to expect a pair of rotten parents, a nasty schoolmistress, an a super powered little girl who moves objects with her eyes, and changes opinions with her big, loud mouth. She always speaks her mind when she feels something isn’t right, a trait all little girls should aspire to have. And then a sweet and soft spoken super hero comes into Matilda’s life and by pure coincidence… or was it in the stars for the two worlds to collide and change everything they knew of the universe.
The children in the cast deserved every ovation. The production casts 3 Matildas, and Lily Brooks-O’Briant was the actress at center stage last night (June 1). Her performance was truly flawless. Her notes, on point. Those words… how does a 9 year old girl know such long, complicated words so well to sing, and pronounce and dance along to the beat. What talent these children have! The adults were okay too, I guess. I will be honest – the adults’ acting was a little too heavy and overdone, the accents were thick and made it difficult to understand the conversations. Though it was not hard to follow the action. The special effects and choreography repeatedly outshines the screenplay with each number, and built up the audience reactions perfectly timed. It was a pleasant night made for extraordinary memories.
To get tickets to one of the remaining shows, please visit The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Website. Matilda The Musical runs from Tue, May 31 – Sun, Jun 12, 2016 at The Benedum Center in Downtown Pittsburgh.