Matilda on Broadway

Hey There Love Bug,

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Earlier this month I was fortunate enough to be able to check out one of my favorite childhood films come to life on the stage.  Matilda the Musical brought back so many memories of the 90s when I wore my big slouch socks, rocked my *NSYNC shirt, and watched Full House and Saved by the Bell until I remembered every single line from every single episode (sigh…those were the days).  Anyways, Matilda has always been one of my favorite films as a kid.  I don’t know if it’s the fact that I was so insanely jealous that she was so brave and smart, or that I looked up to her in some way, but it was definitely in my VCR 24/7.  The musical was wonderful and while I was skeptical about taking this classic film and turning it into something new, I was pleasantly surprised after checking out the show.  Here are five reasons why you’ll love Matilda on Broadway!

5. The Storyline

One thing about sequels or remakes that drives me nuts is when they change the storyline.  I understand that when it is presented in a different format such as a broadway show or for a more modern audience, it is best to change some parts of the classic original.  Matilda the Musical really stuck to the original film storyline, except for one aspect; Matilda’s super powers.  While this was touched upon, they focused more on the relationships between the characters.  There were also a few parts that weren’t included in the play such as the scene where Matilda searches the home for ‘Lissy doll’.  I was pleasantly surprised to see some of my favorite scenes from the film recreated on the stage like tea time with Miss Honey, The chalkboard scene with Magnus (towards the end of the film), and my favorite, Amanda being thrown over the fence by Ms. Trunchbull.  There are also a few new concepts that weren’t in the film such as Matilda spending time with the librarian with her storytelling.  While most of it was true to the film, the added parts were delightful and refreshing.

4. The Humor

There wasn’t a minute that went by that I wasn’t laughing!  This play is cleverly written and each character brings their own sass and comedic influence to the story.  I absolutely loved Matilda’s parents, as they were just as silly and crazy as the film.  Laughing is the best, so I was really happy that I was in stitches the whole time!

3. The Music

There were a lot of great songs in this show!  I enjoyed listening to the tunes from various perspectives of each character.  I felt it really let the audience understand their feelings on a more personal level.

2. The Kids

OK, who doesn’t love little kids?!  I know that sounds a little biased (since I am an elementary school teacher), but seriously, these little actors and actresses were incredibly talented!  I was blown away at how poised and skilled these young boys and girls were in their roles!  Each and every one of them could easily win an award for their performance!  The fact that they were absolutely adorable helped too.  😉

1. Ms. Trunchbull

There is something about Ms. Trunchbull that fascinates me.  Do I want to be her?  No… but her fierceness has always intrigued me.  Let’s face it, you have to have some pretty good talented to portray such a character.  I was pleasantly surprised to see that the role of Ms. Trunchbull is played by a male actor.  This twist is absolutely brilliant, because the gentleman who played Ms. Trunchbull completely stole the show!  He nailed every fiber of her being and made the crowd bend over laughing he entire time.  I absolutely loved this character in the show and I know you will too!

Be sure to check the tour schedule for Matilda the Musical when it comes to a city near you!

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Have you checked out Matilda the Musical?  What did you think?  Comment below!

XO, NAT

Disclosure:  All images and opinions are my own.

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