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March 2017 Blog Posts (73)

An Inconsistent Performance: Matilda Review


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…


Added by Kate Lawless on March 31, 2017 at 11:37pm — No Comments

It's okay to be a little Naughty

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…


Added by Ananda Cordova Stuart on March 31, 2017 at 3:25pm — No Comments

Matila, and the Importance of Books

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

Matilda the Fearless Girl

            “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…


Added by Lea Moore on March 31, 2017 at 12:48pm — No Comments

Matilda Mesmerizes

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…


Added by Eleanor Wilhelmi on March 31, 2017 at 10:31am — No Comments

This Show is a Miracle

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…


Added by Zoe Redfern-Hall on March 31, 2017 at 7:28am — No Comments

Matilda The Miracle

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…


Added by Elizabeth Donovan on March 31, 2017 at 2:07am — 1 Comment

Matilda: Stunningly Emotional

Never before has a musical made me cry three times in its duration. "Matilda" is a story loved by many for its themes of prevailing good, elements of magic, and ultimately its happy ending. The story was originally a book and has been renditioned into a popular movie, but it unfolded even more emotionally as a musical. The 2017 production of "Matilda" at The Orpheum brought the world of Matilda (Jenna Weir) to life through the appropriate and well thought out set and choreography. These… Continue

Added by Euphrosyne Daoutidou on March 31, 2017 at 1:16am — No Comments

When I Grow Up (I'll Still be Raving About Matilda)

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,…


Added by Jada ShaNel Gardner on March 31, 2017 at 12:00am — 1 Comment

This Reviewer Says Matilda's a Miracle

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…


Added by Claire Karges on March 30, 2017 at 11:30pm — 1 Comment


“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…


Added by Ella Padden on March 30, 2017 at 11:30pm — No Comments

No revolting children watching this show

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…


Added by Leo Driessen on March 30, 2017 at 11:22pm — 1 Comment

I'm A Girl

       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…


Added by Anika Besst on March 30, 2017 at 11:09pm — 1 Comment

A naughty, but children friendly good time, at Matilda

At Matilda, you can never forget that you are a miracle. As the book and 1996 film were staples in the childhoods of so many, The Royal Shakespeare Company and the Dodgers take Roald Dahl's iconic story to the stage for a new generation. With a Laurence Olivier and Tony award winning history, rest assured that audiences can revel in the fun-filled night. The production not only celebrates the magic of theater, but also the magic of children, all pulled together with bright colors, lights, and… Continue

Added by Sabrina Merritt on March 30, 2017 at 11:01pm — No Comments

All We Need Are Some Revolting Children

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…


Added by Sam Irvin on March 30, 2017 at 10:45pm — 1 Comment


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…


Added by Phina Smith on March 30, 2017 at 10:38pm — No Comments

A Much Needed Story

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…


Added by Gabriela Leovan on March 30, 2017 at 10:31pm — No Comments

This Show is a "Miracle"

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,…


Added by Kayli Schneider on March 30, 2017 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment

Matilda: The Smell of Entertainment

Nick Ericksen


Matilda: The Smell of Entertainment

Matilda, the classic Roald Dahl book turned movie turned critically acclaimed musical. I have to say, when I heard I was going to get to see one of my favorite childhood movies as a musical, I was very excited. The first thing I noticed at Matilda was the large amount of children in the audience. There seemed to be an endless amount of kids coming to see this show. I'm not sure exactly how many children were in… Continue

Added by Nick Ericksen on March 30, 2017 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Matilda- A Childhood Fantasy Come to Life

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…


Added by Grace Whiting on March 30, 2017 at 8:56pm — 1 Comment

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