These days, everything you can imagine is turning in to a musical, the 2013 Tony Awards showed a preview of the new coming musical “Bring it on”, imagine that? However, the magical show everyone is talking about, described by the Sunday Times as the “Standout musical of the decade”, is the glorious transformation from Roald Dahl’s classic children’s book, to the comedic motion picture directed by Danny DeVito to Matilda- The Musical.
All grown up now, Mara Wilson, who played Matilda in the popular motion picture, will always be the clever little girl with magical powers. The wonderful tale of a girl who was seen as a ‘mistake’ to her parents, but a miracle to everyone else, comes to life and promises to give you a blissful and spectacular performance.
Having won Best book of a musical, and best scenic design of a musical at the 2013 Tony Awards, Matilda was destined to be a spell bounding performance. Chloe Hawthorn, who played Matilda, gave it her all and won over the audience in the first five minutes, putting her heart and soul in to the story. Along side her, played one of the most talented and outstanding casts I have ever seen perform. Matilda and her class mates, ranging from ages 8-12, danced, sang and acted as if they had been doing it for years. My heart was sold to Michael Higgins who played the popular character “Bruce Bogtrotter” famously known for eating a life time supply of chocolate cake.
The infamous villain “Miss Trunchball” adds comedic flair to the story. Played by David Leonard, the evil headmistress will no doubt have you in fits of laughter, or worst- ‘the chokey.’ Other outstanding parts include, Harry Wormwood, played by Steve Furst and Matilda’s best friend Lavender, played by Ella Bartman.
Showing in Covent Garden’s Cambridge Theater, a stunning set, original music and lyrics by Tim Minchin, dazzling choreography and a cast that will not fail captivate you, Matilda has it all. For all ages, Matilda the musical is a must see and an utterly thrilling performance.