Matilda The Musical Schools Boston On How To Have Fun This Spring

Posted June 9, 2016 by Cheryl Fenton in Theater & Arts
Matilda graces the stage June 14-26. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

Once upon a time there was a girl named Matilda who was extraordinary in every way. Too bad her parents and principal didn’t get it. Well, it’s no more Miss Nice Girl. It’s time to watch little Matilda Wormwood stand tall, no matter how small.

Welcome to the naughty but nice Matilda The Musical. It’s the tug of war story of a sweet little girl (who happens to be a genius) and her wonderful teacher against the world (aka, her horrible parents and the worst school principal possible). TIME Magazine’s called this the “#1 Show of the Year,” and it’s making its Boston premiere on June 14 as part of the 2015-2016 Lexus Broadway In Boston Season.

This is the national tour’s first performance of Matilda The Musical and it’s coming to the stage of the Boston Opera House for two weeks, through June 26.

Based on the beloved (somewhat twisted) 1988 underdog story by British novelist Roald Dahl (of James and the Giant Peach, Fantastic Mr. Fox and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory fame), Matilda is an exercise in taking the sweet with the zany, the fun with life lessons learned. The show itself is a clear winner, garnering 50 international awards, including four Tonys and seven Oliviers including Best Musical. Matilda the Musical is the story of a sweet girl who uses her outsized imagination and brilliance to take a stand against those who are stifling her. She wants a better life. And she’s going to get it.

What’s a witty little girl to do? Unloved by her wretched parents (Quinn Mattfeld as Mr. Wormwood, Cassie Silva as Mrs. Wormwood) and pushed around by her evil headmistress, Miss Trunchbull (Bryce Ryness), Matilda has no choice. She has to use her special gifts to get by. All her charm certainly doesn’t go unnoticed. She soon becomes best buddies with her kind and loving schoolteacher, Miss Honey (played by Jennifer Blood), as they change the world together for the better.

There’s a little more magic at work on stage. Don’t blink or you might miss the switch. The title role of Matilda is actually played by the three little girls, Gabby Gutierrez, Mia Sinclair Jenness, and Mabel Tyler.

Directed by Tony and Olivier Award winner Matthew Warchus, with lyrics and music by Australian comedian, musician and composer Tim Minchin, and inspired by the book by Tony Award-winning playwright Dennis Kelly, the show promises to be quite the performance. You’ll hear adorable crowd-pleasers from the Tony-nominated original score such as “Loud,” “Naughty,” “This Little Girl,” “When I Grow Up,” and “Revolting Children,” and the award-winning sets and costumes are created by another Tony Award winner, designer Rob Howell.

Performances are held June 14 through June 26 with show times on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:30pm (Wednesday, June 15, is at 7pm), Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 2pm and 8pm, and Sundays at 1pm and 6:30pm.

Bring your own little ones to the show (it’s suitable for ages 6 and up). But be warned. They might learn a thing or two.

The Boston Opera House is located at 539 Washington Street in Boston.