Last night, Zoe Monster and I got a chance to check out the national tour of Matilda the Musical, playing at PPAC through the 21st. There is a reason that Time Magazine called this the #1 show of the year; it was absolutely incredible. Forget all about the charming movie of the same name, because after you see Matilda the Musical, all other variations dull in their sparkle. The show takes Dahl’s source material and transforms it into a beautiful opus about family, friendship, abuse, personal strength, and of course a little magic.
Jenna Weir was the Matilda we got to see (the role is played by a few different actresses who rotate the part.) Jenna can only be described as a miracle. Her ability to emote and connect with the audience was spell bounding. Also shining was Dan Chameroy as the loathsome Trunchbull. Let’s just say that Dan can really fill out his dress once in the role. Darcy Stewart was equal parts repulsive and hilarious as Mrs. Wormwood and her dance partner (played by Stephen Diaz) was electric to watch.
The show follows roughly the same story as the film version but with the addition of an absolutely beautiful backstory for Miss. Honey’s parents. Those scenes, which I am being careful not to spoil, were among my favorites. Also amazing were the transforming sets utilized throughout the show especially during the number “The School Song” and “When I Grow Up.”
My favorite part of the show was without a doubt sharing it with Zoe. Having her see kids her own age performing was such an inspiration for her, and when she asked me “Mommy do you think I could be a good Matilda?” I answered with a resounding “Yes!” This is THE show to take your children too.
Don’t be “revolting” and miss out on Matilda the Musical. You can still get tickets now at PPAC.