Performing now at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts is Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical. My daughter and I were at the Opening Night performance and had a fantastic evening on the Avenue of the Arts. Matilda the Musical is spot on for those who love the Matilda book and have followed her story. My daughter knows the enthralling tale of Matilda by heart and was so excited to see one of her favorite books turned into a live musical, complete with stage theatrics and special effects.
From start to finish, Matilda the Musical keeps you at attention and entertains with comedy, drama and a bit of darkness that makes Matilda part of who she is. While the ending is a happy one, Matilda reminds us that life is not all puppy dogs and fairy tales, and our society is filled with all types of personalities and characters – both good and bad.
Bryce Ryness, who plays Miss Trunchbull steals the show with his over the top cruel comedic jabs at the poor schoolchildren. You immediately dislike Miss Trunchbull from the moment she steps on stage, but at the same time delight at seeing her there because she is simply hysterical. Be prepared for a lot of belly laughs and over the top shenanigans!
The second half of Matilda the Musical was my favorite and seeing the story of the acrobat and his wife, as told by young Matilda, intertwine with the storyline of Matilda and her teacher, Miss Honey, took me by surprise. I was at the edge of my seat waiting to hear where their journeys would end, and would there finally be happiness? From the moment you “meet” Miss Honey, as played by Jennifer Blood, you empathize with her and root for her to find that inner confidence and happiness she so wants to let out.
Matilda the Musical is on stage now at the Kimmel Center. For more details on purchasing tickets to this show and for a special discount code, visit my pre-show post here.