This week I went to see Matilda, and I was every inch as enchanted as I hoped I would be. I’ve always loved the book, with its tiny brilliant heroine, and ever since I heard the songs from the soundtrack, I have been so excited to see the musical. It finally has arrived in New Zealand, and I am so glad!
The staging, choreography and music are all so beautifully done. It balances on the edge of the darker, sinister themes that are an important part of the story, while maintaining a joyful, playful optimism throughout. It’s quirky, delightful, and everything it should be. It is its own art form – it deviates from the book in several creative ways – but I actually didn’t mind that at all. It really captured the heart of the story, and that’s so much more important I think!
This week has been a hard one for me, largely because of things that are outside of my control. Matilda too, is stuck with some circumstances outside of her control, and I enjoyed watching her power on fearlessly regardless. I especially enjoy the song “Naughty”:
Although I have no plans to dye my ex-boyfriend’s hair green in the imminent future, it sure is rather refreshing to consider these possibilities 😉