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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

Matilda the Musical

                I had never read the book or seen the movie, but I still had high expectations.  From what I knew about the story of Matilda, I knew there would be a bunch of young actors and, knowing it was a musical, singing and dancing.  These aspects are very important to me; I feel like they are either done right or poorly.  I must say the coordination of the dancers and actors was very cool to watch.  The talent of these dancers and kid-actors was…


Added by Ruby Schroeder on March 30, 2017 at 8:32pm — 1 Comment

Matilda the Musical

One of my favorite films as a child was the film Matilda. A story that follows  a genius child who escapes from a neglectful family through her nurturing teacher at school, Ms. Honey. When I discovered that this movie was hitting the broadway stage, I was more than excited. Hearing songs like Naughty, When I Grow Up, and Revolting Children at the Tony Awards, I could not wait for the opportunity to see Matilda the Musical. When the time came on Tuesday, all my expectations…


Added by Bella West on March 30, 2017 at 8:09pm — No Comments

These Little Girls Are Absolutely Prodigious

 Theatre: stories told on the stage. Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical was quite the story. Based on the book by Dahl and then produced into a 4 time Tony Award winning Broadway musical, Matilda was extraordinary.


  I had the opportunity to see Matilda twice at the Orpheum with two different girls playing Matilda. On Tuesday I saw Jenna Weir as Matilda and on Wednesday I saw Gabby Gutierrez as Matilda. Both the…


Added by Madi Nelson on March 30, 2017 at 8:00pm — 1 Comment

Matilda: A Recipe For Magic

 There's something about a chorus of children, when done right, that is absolutely magical. Just ask Oliver!, Annie, and now, Matilda. Although the children certainly don’t hurt, they aren't the only factor that adds magic to the show: through amazing sets and visual effects, as well as highly technical choreography, this show leaves you breathless. Based on the book by Roald Dahl, Matilda tells the story of a child prodigy with too many brains for her head, and…


Added by Delia Grimes on March 30, 2017 at 8:00pm — 1 Comment

An Extraordinary Evening

On a beautiful Tuesday evening I walked into the Orpheum Theater looking forward to a great show. What I ended up watching for the next 2 and a half hours was beyond my wildest expectations. Matilda is a musical revolving around a young, neglected, yet extraordinary girl who puts up with a dictatorial headmistress, incompetent parents, and a life undeserving of her brilliance. Directed by Matthew Warchus, Matilda the musical was a…


Added by Giselle Durand on March 30, 2017 at 6:52pm — No Comments

Even if You're Little You Can Do a Lot

Children made up nearly a quarter of the population of the United States in 2016, yet many theatre pieces rarely feature children as the leading character. Sure, there’s the classic Oliver! or 1977’s Annie, but no modern musicals stick out with a child as the main character- that is except for Matilda the Musical, which…


Added by Larissa Milles on March 30, 2017 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Revolutionary Children Change the Story of Broadway

George Mulder


Revolutionary Children Change the Story of Broadway

            How many shows on Broadway are geared towards kids, but also for adults? Very few. Matilda blazes a trail of modern musicals to be friendly for kids and adults, while still having an elite performance level. Based on the 1996 film of the same title, Matilda is playing at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis until April 2. The world-renowned…


Added by George Mulder on March 30, 2017 at 3:25pm — 1 Comment

The Magic of Matilda

Words make up everything. They make up sentences, then pages, then chapters, then books. For one little girl words are more than books though. Words take her to far off places where she sees someone else’s story. Matilda the Musical chronicles the adventures of Matilda Wormwood, a five year old whose only solace from her dysfunctional family is books until she gets to go to school. At school she makes both friends and enemies, discovers she is telekinetic, and saves the one person who comes to… Continue

Added by Maria Spack on March 30, 2017 at 11:35am — No Comments

Matilda the Miracle

Adapted from Roald Dahl’s bestseller, Matilda The Musical was created by Tim Minchin and Dennis Kelly. The show has won seven Olivier Awards and four Tony Awards. After huge success in London, Matilda came to Broadway in 2013, which was soon followed by a U.S. tour. Unlike the American-produced Matilda movie, the musical is British - Matilda’s parents are constantly scolding her about reading books; she should be watching the “telly.”

The set of Matilda…


Added by Devyn Terry on March 30, 2017 at 10:22am — No Comments

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