Sometimes a Broadway show is really Broad-way, and Matilda is…the best of everything Broadway. The delirium of the first act is almost beyond words–the sets, the costumes, the zany parents and over-the-top, drag role of the school principal, with child triple threats who are razor-sharp, picture perfect.
The second act has some more serious elements, but only as serious as author Roald Dahl ever gets.
This isn’t the Matilda I saw, who was a sprite, and at her core an actor, but it will give you a sense of the look and feel. I do recommend Oona Laurence in the title role. She’s teensy, but already a Broadway and film veteran, with polish to spare.
The man in green checks is Gabriel Ebert, who played the sensitive grandson in the wonderful off-Broadway 4000 Miles. Never say that Broadway talent can’t stretch.
All the magic that was supposed to be Cinderella, don’t waste your time. Hurry up and get your tickets for Matilda, because I think it’s going to be the next Producers and Book of Mormon. It’s so much better than the latter, and definitely matches the former for overall good time. Adult appeal is definitely there, and the closing seconds and curtain call will leave you smiling all the way home, even over two subway rides!