I don’t even know where to start with all of this. From the very beginning I always loved watching musicals. If I had to choose, I would choose a musical over a concert any day. Once I found out we were going to watch Matilda at the West End, I went straight to the internet. Now, I know every song in the play and even learned part of a dance to one of the numbers, Revolting Children. You must have figured it out already, I’m obsessed!
The musical was held at the Cambridge theatre and the place was packed. By the way, if you’re wondering about the attire, I was way too over dressed. Most people came in casual clothes and they were happily let inside. So much for bringing a blazer, it was burning hot in there too!
There are four girls playing the role of Matilda, both in London and on Broadway. Lollie Mckenzie (in the picture shown below) has been on the show longer than the other current girls, and happened to be performing that night for us. She was such a delight to watch as well as Matilda’s other classmates including Bruce, Lavender and Amanda. It’s crazy how they could all dance, sing and act as good as any of the adults could. The choreography was jaw dropping- they used desks, swings, slides, trampolines and a whole lot of other things too. Reading the programme, I noticed that most of the cast are either gymnasts or ballerinas. No wonder they dance so well!
Photos below by uk.matildathemusical.com
Like I said before, I know every song in the musical. Up to now I still find myself singing them! Most of them are very catchy (but not annoying). My top three songs are When I Grow Up, Miracle and Quiet. If you watched the play or heard of these songs, which ones are you favorites? 🙂 Despite watching about every single video on youtube of Matilda, the show always has a ton of surprises. I guess that’s the beauty of plays, you’ll never expect something coming. There have been parts where my brothers and I couldn’t contain our giggles, others where my eyes started to water, and even some where I had to hold my breath when watching what would come next. There are so many ups and downs which make your eyes glued to the stage. Also, performers enter and exit from many different places around the theatre, one of them might just be behind you.Meet the Wormwoods! (minus Matilda)
Ms. Honey and Ms. Trunchbull
The Escapologist & Acrobat (you’ll get to know more about them and their importance to the story in the play!)I was most excited for the night we were going to watch the cast of Matilda do their stuff. No surprise it was one of the highlights of this trip (for me). Matilda is also playing on broadway because it was and still is so successful at the West End. They deserve many years in the spotlight finding new talented actors and actresses. I certainly won’t be surprised if Matilda the musical will be sticking around for a very long time.“We are revolting children living in revolting times! “
“And when I grow up,
I will be brave enough to fight the creatures
that you have to fight beneath the bed
each night to be a grown-up!”
“Just because I find myself in this story,
It doesn’t mean that everything is written for me.
If I think the ending is fixed already,
I might as well be saying
I think that it’s OK!
And that’s not right!”