Based on the children’s book by Roald Dahl, Matilda brims with childlike energy, which is unfortunately dulled by the adult actors performances. This beloved story of a young girl, Matilda (Jenna Weir), learning to use her imagination, intelligence, and magic to do what is right (and sometimes be a little bit naughty) needs to feel precocious and whimsical, and the child actors nail that. However, the adult actors…Continue
Added by Kate Lawless on March 31, 2017 at 11:37pm — No Comments
Letters, lights, and sound. Three big things that stood out when I watched Matilda the musical on Tuesday night, it's opening night at the Orpheum in downtown mpls. In 1996 the movie Matilda came out about a little genius whose parents didn't love her. In 2010 Matilda premiered at Stratford-upon-Avon then premiered on…Continue
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Matilda draws an audience young and old to witness the show’s magnificence. The Orpheum theater in downtown Minneapolis was full of eager audience members, of a younger demographic when the scrim went up on the opening night of Matilda. This musical, while containing some dark content has an ensemble of young performers who bring light to the theater. The choreography perfectly complimented these young artists and brought the show to life in a fun and whimsical way.
Added by Claire Mathews-Lingen on March 31, 2017 at 1:06pm — No Comments
“That’s not right.” The evening of March 7th a statement was made. A little bronze girl stares down the truck sized bull, her hands on her hips, her pony tail flying in the wind. This fearless girl squares off the Wall Street charging bull, challenging the world to pay attention to the gender inequality in the corporate world. The following morning Matilda The Musical posted across all social media platforms praising the new statue and connecting the bronze girl with…Continue
Added by Lea Moore on March 31, 2017 at 12:48pm — No Comments
Matilda: the Musical, with all its wit and charm, has no problem going toe-to-toe with its book and movie versions, as well as the other successful shows in the Orpheum’s 2016-2017 lineup.
Based off the beloved children’s book by the legendary Roald Dahl, Matilda is about a precocious little girl who doesn’t let unfortunate circumstances stand in…Continue
Added by Eleanor Wilhelmi on March 31, 2017 at 10:31am — No Comments
Matilda was one of my favorite books growing up, and I had very high expectations coming into the show. If I am honest, I expected to appreciate the show, but be unimpressed. I was so wrong. A show that is TIME magazine’s #1 show of the year should be expected to deliver. Matilda…Continue
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A lot could have gone wrong in the creation of Matilda The Musical. Matilda, directed by Matthew Warchus and playing at the Orpheum theatre from March 28 through April 2, tells the story of a young girl with extraordinary abilities challenging abusive situations at home and at her school. As a stage adaptation of a movie adaptation of a children’s novel, the creative team could have been pulled in any number of artistic directions. What they eventually produced was an intricate…Continue
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Most of us are familiar with Roald Dahl’s classic novel, Matilda. A staple must-read in the typical elementary school library, Matilda tells the story of a young girl named Matilda (shocker) who has a brilliant mind, and was raised by two self-centered parents who never wanted a daughter to begin with. The book follows Matilda during her quest to bring justice and fairness to a school ruled by an authoritarian principle. Naturally,…Continue
The musical Matilda, which is based on the children’s novel of the same name by Roald Dahl, tells the story of Matilda (Jenna Weir), an incredibly intelligent five-year-old, as she overcomes the struggles of her abusive home life, discovers her own unique abilities, and helps her beloved teacher, Miss Honey (Jennifer Bowles), take back her life. Despite its seemingly dark subject matter, the musical is quite upbeat and heartwarming, with several examples…Continue
“Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me!” is a common chant that can be heard throughout life as children of all ages try to convince themselves that the words their bullies spew at them have no power. Based on the book by Roald Dahl, the four time Tony Award Winning show Matilda: The Musical illustrates the true power words can have in the most magical way. Though Matilda is a musical…Continue
Added by Ella Padden on March 30, 2017 at 11:30pm — No Comments
Hello. I’m a pretentious (legal) adult who’s spoiled with the some of the most groundbreaking musicals of the past century—Wicked, Hamilton, Book of Mormon—and I’d be the last person you’d expect to be praising the touring Broadway cast of “Matilda,” especially during the Minneapolis leg of their nationwide tour. However, my apathy turned into real human emotion and I left the Orpheum feeling impressed by the outstanding performance put on by a cast comprised of mostly kids under…Continue
Stories can transport you to incredible realities, traveling through time, exploring new cultures. Matilda The Musical, based on the book Matilda by Roald Dahl, does that as it tells the story of rebellion in children as an incredibly gifted five-year-old girl fights to change her destiny. Come share the adventure of Matilda The Musical at the Orpheum March 28 - April 2.
Dahl’s story is…Continue
Added by Sabrina Merritt on March 30, 2017 at 11:01pm — No Comments
When talented children, a beloved story, and a technical masterpiece are mixed together, it creates a night of enjoyable entertainment. Matilda the Musical encompasses all of this and so much more. This show follows a brilliant young girl, Matilda, who is just starting school, who has a greedy family and finds her refuge through books. At school, she meets a bunch of new friends, her new teacher, Miss Honey, and the treacherous headmistress, Ms. Trunchbull, who seems…Continue
The lights go dark and the audience goes silent. On stage one spotlight comes on as the table starts moving forward. Suddenly, the music starts, slowly at first and the lights slowly goes up. Then slowly, it turns into a fast paced song with well-choreographed and children and parents dancing together with precision. Matilda has everything my child brain imagined when I first read the book at age five. It has the evil, unforgivable villain, the…Continue
Added by Phina Smith on March 30, 2017 at 10:38pm — No Comments
On Tuesday March 28th, The Royal Shakespeare Company & The Dodgers presented Matilda the Musical at the Orpheum. Based on the book many know and love this musical follows the story of Matilda Wormwood an unwanted child, student, and also a genius. As the story unfolds Matilda finds support with Miss Honey and her librarian and even more rancor with her mean principal. When all is said and done the audience was…Continue
Added by Gabriela Leovan on March 30, 2017 at 10:31pm — No Comments
There is no better “feel good” story than that of someone who has never been loved in their entire life, finding all of the love they deserve in the end. Matilda the Musical, directed by Matthew Warchus, beautifully tells the story of Matilda. Growing up without love or understanding from her parents, Matilda escapes into a world of books and storytelling. Along the way, she meets Miss Honey, a teacher willing to give her all of the love she never had,…Continue
Added by Nick Ericksen on March 30, 2017 at 10:00pm — No Comments
Every story told is geared toward a certain audience, whether that be children or adults, however very few successfully target them all. Matilda the Musical is one of the exceptions. The touching story of a young girl’s abusive upbringing combined with the catchy music and incredible choreography by Peter Darling makes this a captivating show for any age.
From the moment I entered the theatre, I was immediately drawn…Continue