For the past few years I have been watching more and more Broadway shows especially musicals. Earlier this year, Matilda was opened on Broadway. (It was opened on April 11.) I had never read the book before but after reading the summary about it, I wanted to see it. It has been one of the best musicals I have seen this year, following Wicked and Cinderella. Matilda is being performed at Shubert Theatre (225 West 44th St.) and is 2 hrs and 35 mins long.
Matilda is based on a children’s book written by Roald Dahl. The story follows Matilda Wormwood, a bright little girl who loves books. She is discarded and ignored by her ignorant and dimwitted parents. Her mother is obsess with dancing and competition, her father insists on calling her a boy and yells at her for her preference to read books instead of watching television, and a brother who barely speaks. Above all that there is also her hostile headmistress, Miss Trunchbull. Miss Honey, the teacher is the only one who care about Matilda. Her love toward Matilda gave her a chance to dream of a better life.
With such attractive characters, this story will fill your heart with love and sadness. Matilda’s imagination is out of the world and brings great delight to everyone. For this particular night, the little girl who enacted as Matilda was Sophia Gennusa. At a young age of 9, she already have a strong voice. It was full of joy, energy and mischievous. She also must had excellent memory for she is the highlight of the show and have a gazillion lines to remember and sing. This young child has great potential. She is not the only one who enacts Matilda, 3 other young girls rotates the role.
From left, Sophia Gennusa, Bailey Ryon, Oona Laurence and Milly Shapiro, the four actresses who play the title role in “Matilda.”
Photo Credit to New York Times, April 26th Arts Beat Article