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On Tuesday evening, we had the honor of visiting the Hershey Theatre to see Roald Dahl’s Matilda, the Musical. It was the Broadway production of the show, on tour. Gracie has a Wish List of musicals that she’s hoping to see during our 2 Year Musical Journey, and this one was on that list. 😀
About the Show
Winner of a record-breaking seven Olivier Awards including Best Musical, MATILDA THE MUSICAL is more than a show, it’s a phenomenon. Based on the beloved 1988 children’s novel by best‐selling author Roald Dahl, MATILDA is the story of an intelligent young girl with extraordinary powers who dreams of a better life and rebels against her nasty parents and the child‐hating headmistress of her boarding school. Armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, Matilda dares to take a stand and change her destiny.
This celebrated smash hit is presented by The Royal Shakespeare Company, one of the most acclaimed theater companies in the world, and the Dodgers, Tony Award®‐winning producers of hits like Jersey Boys. Tony Award®‐winning director Matthew Warchus (God of Carnage, The Norman Conquests) helms this exhilarating and ingenious new musical. The Guardian calls, “unadulterated bliss!”. Matilda the Musical is sometimes a sold out show.
Heidi Says . . .
The Hershey Theatre is a beautiful venue. We’ve enjoyed attending several shows there now. It was raining Tuesday night but we, fortunately, got a parking spot just a short distance from the entrance. The traffic guards out front are very polite and helpful, and you’re greeted by a smiling doorman. The inside of the theater is just so majestic that you feel like you’re inside a castle. Truly exquisite. (Of course, if you have to go to the bathroom, you might start to think ill thoughts, as there is always a very long line with only 2 stalls in the ladies room! And we had seats in the balcony this time. The seats have very little legroom. I can’t imagine anyone very tall sitting up there as I’m only 5’3″ and my legs were literally touching the seat in front of me. I don’t remember this being the case in the seats on the floor, but I’m not sure.)
The musical itself was just fabulous. I have to admit that I have never been a fan of the movie. Miss Trunchbull always really creeped me out, so I wasn’t sure if I’d enjoy the musical version or not. Of course, music helps make everything better, right?
The sets were obviously Broadway quality, as there was very little to move around between scenes. The bright colored lights and fun childish elements (such as the swings) made the show extra fun!
The acting was superb. Because there are so many children in the cast, the major parts (such as Matilda) are among a few children. We saw Gabby Gutierrez play Matilda. She is the first Filipino to play the role and she did an excellent job. Not only was she a talented singer, but she enunciated her words so well – and, trust me, it was a HUGE part for a little girl to have memorized.
The supporting cast – made up of both children and adults – did a fabulous job. The part of Miss Trunchbull is always played by a man in drag (like the Edna part in Hairspray). Bryce Ryness did a great job and got a lot of chuckles from the audience.
You can learn more about the Hershey Theatre and their upcoming productions by visiting their website. You can also follow them on social media.
The Musical Journey
While Matilda definitely fits into the fantasy genre, there are so many parts of it that ring true to real life. Unfortunately many children, like Matilda, are neglected and unloved by their parents. A study of the current foster care system would be an interesting one to tie in.
In the end, Matilda has a happy ending when she gets to go and live with Miss Honey. As the mother of two adopted children, I think a study on the adoption process would be a good one. What does God have to say about adoption in the Bible? What can we do to help?
More About the 2 Year Musical Journey
- Our Musical Journey Begins
- Seize the Day (Newsies)
- From Oklahoma to the South Pacific
- How Sweet the Sound
- Good Morning, Baltimore!
- Murder is a Nightmare
Be sure to stop back next week, as I’ll be sharing about another trip to Washington, D.C. to see Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella. The National Theatre is the first stop on their national tour. We can’t wait!