Theatre review by Steve Duffy –
The kid-packed musical has finally arrived at the Boston Opera House!
“Matilda the Musical” is based on the children’s novel of the same name by Roald Dahl which was turned into a movie.
The musical centers on Matilda, a precocious 5-year-old girl with the gift of telekinesis who loves reading, overcomes obstacles caused by her family and school, and helps her teacher to reclaim her life.
The best thing about Matilda is the cast of children. All of them are extremely talented and should spark the interest of performing in any of the young audience members. The real heroine of the show is Matilda herself magnificently played by Sarah McKinley Austin. She’s one of three actresses taking on the role.
The oppressive and mean Miss Trunchbull of Matilda’s primary school for opening night was played by Dan Chameroy. His portrayal of the nasty headmistress was unapologetically mean as he comically hulked around in his overstuffed sweater punishing and calling the children names.
Matilda’s bullying parents (Darcy Stewart & Brandon McGibbon) are over-the-top and receive a lot of the audience’s laughter. They are definitely the parents no kids wants.
“Matilda” is every bit whimsical and quirky as at times a bit scary, but overall the perfect family entertainment that may have your children revolting when they get home.
Running Time: Approximately 2 hrs 40 min (includes intermission)
Tickets for MATILDA THE MUSICAL are currently on sale to the public and may be purchased through an authorized ticket seller found only at Ticketmaster 800-982-2787, and by visiting www.BroadwayInBoston.com. Tickets will also be sold directly at the Boston Opera House Box Office, 539 Washington Street, Boston. Performances through June 26, 2016.