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.
The cast were amazing. Some of the children don’t look very much like children. They looked like teenagers in HS instead of Elementary age students. A few of the children were more outstanding then others such as Ted Wilson as Eric and Jack Broderick as Bruce. The stage was stunning and vibrant. The special effects and props worked very well to create the perfect illusions. I was rolling with laughters and chuckles throughout the show.
Look at how crazy Matilda’s parents are! The bright colors of their attire made it very amusing to watch. Lesli Margherita as Mrs. Wormwood and Gabriel Ebert as Mr. Wormwood were an amazingly funny married couple. Mrs. Wormwood is always shacking off with her dance partner. There on the couch is their son, Michael (Taylor Trensch).
My favorite adult character was Lauren Ward as Miss Honey. Her voice was fabulous. There was a lot of love in each word. Miss Trunchbull aka Bertie Carvel was also amazing. For a gentleman to enact as a female with such a strong character and voice was not easy. He was very entertaining. (He also look nothing like Miss Trunchbull. Amazing makeup artists!) Everyone must go see it! You can get tickets here.
I went to watch this show with my 4 lovely co-workers and we had a great time! We’re definitely doing this again for First Date!