What: Matilda (based on the book by Roald Dahl): The Musical (Music and Lyrics by Tim Minchin)
When: 7.30, January 3rd 2013
Where: Cambridge Theatre, London
For those of you who are familiar with Tim Minchin’s comedic work, you will recognise his style all over Matilda; and for those of you who are aware of Matilda by Roald Dahl, you wont be disappointed.
Are brilliant. Enough rousing group numbers to keep you excited and enough solos to keep the characters present throughout. There’s an overwhelming Minchinesque voice within most of the songs; that I’m singing but I’m really speaking lyrically really really fast thing that he does is used often, but it fits. The songs are where you would expect them to be within the story: introduction of characters and key plot.
Even from the off set the stage looks amazing (and not just because we happened to be three rows from the front.) There are letters everywhere, spelling either MATILDA or other words that in some way relate to the plot like ‘MAGICAL’ or ‘SPECIAL’. The scene changes were smooth and unnoticeable and the rousing group numbers were enhanced with swings, climbing frames, scooters and confetti.
Something has to be said about how fab the choreography was. Everything was lively and smooth, the group numbers were perfectly timed and I never thought I would see Bruce Bogtrotter dance Gangnam style.
I can’t speak for all of the cast because the children rotate: 4 sets of children and 4 Matildas. The adult cast were fantastic, David Leonard as Ms Trunchbull took the spotlight every time he took the stage and Haley Flaherty was the perfect Miss Honey, sweet voiced and light footed. Akin to the Thenardiers in Les Mis, the Wormwoods were vulgar and comic enough to not be the ‘villains’ and leave t hat to Ms Trunchbull.
In all, one of the best musicals I’ve seen in a long time, something for the family, the old and young, for a fun night out, for those who love Dahl and Minchin, or those who are new to the musical world. Perfection.