Review by Monique
Winner of 50 international awards, including the Tony Award®, and one of the biggest hits on Broadway, MATILDA THE MUSICAL is the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. Though Matilda may be little, she is far from powerless, and with the help of her schoolmates and her teacher’s courageous support, Matilda discovers that she has a remarkable power with which to fight back.
Based on Roald Dahl’s novel, Matilda The Musical makes a pit spot in Dallas, TX at the beautiful Winspear Opera House. What is being raved as one of the most heart warming productions of the season, the musical puts a little bit of a spin on the 1996 film that many may recall. Despite the accolades the musical adaptation has received, in my opinion the film is actually better. While singing is a given in a musical, sometimes there can be a little too much and unfortunately, this was the case here. Some of the scenes are also a little too exaggerated and quite honestly could have been left out. Throughout the musical, Matilda tells a fictional story about an acrobat and an escapologist to the librarian. Granted it’s was a good idea to showcase Matilda’s active imagination, the scenes just really seem to take away from the actual story, although they do end up having a connection with one of the characters. Another big let down was the omitting of Matilda’s telekinetic powers. In the film, besides her genius like book smarts, her power of telekinesis was the “it” thing that made Matilda stand out. If I must choose one over the other, I’d definitely choose the film!
Playing at the Winspear Opera House in Dallas until October 4.