Disclosure: I was provided with complimentary tickets to a performance of Matilda The Musical for purposes of review. All opinions are my own, and those of my maggot.
I’ll start with a confession. I’ve never read the book Matilda. Not much Roald Dahl stuff was on my radar. But I was thrilled when my kids read all his books because I knew it was good stuff. When the chance to see Matilda The Musical came around, I knew my youngest would be ALL IN.
A boy needs to eat, right? So, first, The Varsity. An Atlanta tradition since 1928, we answered the question “What’ll ya have?” with nekkid dogs and fries.
If it seems an unhealthy dinner for an 8 year old (or a 46 year old, for that matter) it’s okay. I saw this on the wall behind the counter:
A short stroll later we were at Atlanta’s Fabulous Fox Theatre for a date with Matilda.
I think I’ve mentioned this before, but I’m so grateful for the chance to take my sons to performances at The Fox. My dad took me to my first Broadway show there, so it was only right that I pass that favor on to my sons!
If you’ve never taken a child to a show at The Fox Theatre, know that they have booster seats. They are on the floor right behind the entrance curtains and are free for you to grab.
I knew Broadway In Atlanta always creates a fun display with something different for every show. We found the display for Matilda The Musical and it was perfect!
I learned that my son wants to be a waiter. Remind me of this when he’s in college and complaining about having to be a waiter.
Of course, we couldn’t pass up this photo op.
I hear you. “Okay, Amy, we get it. Your kid is SUPER cute. But what about the SHOW?”
Y’all. I will tell you flat out that it was the funniest show I have seen in a long time. The story, of course, was pure Roald Dahl dry snarkiness. But the cast. The cast was brilliant.
The absolute show stealer was the head mistress, Miss Trunchbull.
That would be this man. Yes, man. It was perfect casting.
I would be remiss if I didn’t give a crazy amount of credit to Jenna Weir, the girl who plays Matilda. She had just the right amount of sass and spunk. Her singing voice was fabulous.
I’m always impressed by the children in these productions. The amount of professionalism and talent is staggering. The young cast of Matilda The Musical was no exception. Lavender is my favorite!
Honestly? The entire cast was amazing. Matilda’s family was so funny and Miss Honey (hometown girl Jennifer Bowles) had a voice I could listen to all night long.
There were so many laugh out loud moments for both my son AND me. When we got in the car we immediately found the original Broadway soundtrack on Spotify. My son fell asleep in the car; I kept listening.
I am telling you enthusiastically and with complete honesty that this show was hilarious and your kids will LOVE it. It is in town at The Fox Theatre through Sunday, April 23rd so be sure to grab tickets right away! It’s a great way to spend a family night out and make memories that will keep you giggling for a while!