Roald Dahl is one of our favorite children's authors. From “The BFG” to “James and the Giant Peach” to “Matilda,” Dahl has contributed myriad children's works, many of which have been turned into films, plays, and musicals.
TIME Magazine’s #1 Show of the Year, MATILDA THE MUSICAL, is running in Portland as part of the U.S. Bank Broadway in Portland series through March 5, 2017. Produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Dodgers, the first national tour of MATILDA THE MUSICAL.
At opening night of the musical, we has the pleasure of spending the evening with Jenna Weir as the title character of Matilda. What a spunky, lively, and fantastic little actress Weir is. She was perfectly naughty and brilliant, all in one adorable package.
As one would expect with anything having Dahl's mark, “Matilda” is a bit of a twisted and dark story with a fun edge and valuable moral. My 9-year-old daughter loved the story of “Matilda,” so the musical adaptation was a fun experience for my Broadway-loving child.
Dan Chameroy as Miss Trunchbull was EVERYTHING in this performance. He was fantastic. Weir is going to be an incredible actress in a few years, but Chameroy was pure entertainment.
Winner of 70 international awards including 4 Tony Awards® and a record-breaking seven Olivier Awards® including Best Musical, MATILDA THE MUSICAL is based on the beloved novel by best-selling author Roald Dahl (“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “Fantastic Mr. Fox”). It is the story of an extraordinary girl who dreams of a better life. Armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, Matilda dares to take a stand and change her destiny.
MATILDA THE MUSICAL is directed by Tony Award® winner Matthew Warchus (God of Carnage), who helms this production with a book by Tony Award®-winning playwright Dennis Kelly and music and lyrics by Australian comedian, musician and composer Tim Minchin.
The production has sets and costumes by Tony Award® winner Rob Howell, with choreography by Peter Darling, orchestrations, additional music and musical supervision by Christopher Nightingale, lighting by Tony Award® winner Hugh Vanstone, and sound by Simon Baker.
Grab your tickets for this show while it's in town.