Make it Matilda, playing now at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis. Having never read the book or watched the movie, I didn’t really know what to expect walking into the show last night. But with 4 Tony Awards under it’s belt, I figured the show had to be pretty good. Fast forward a few hours (about 2 hours and 45 minutes if you want to be exact), I was blown away. Matilda is by far the best show I’ve seen in Minneapolis in years.
From a fun and fast-moving score to phenomenal choreography and an ensemble cast of children who will humble you with their level of talent at such a young age, Matilda is truly not to be missed. The show follows precocious and exceedingly bright Matilda as she navigates her first days at an overall uncaring school. Coupled with parents who don’t seem to care much for her, Matilda’s lot in life isn’t great, but she refuses to let that keep her down. It’s an inspiring and empowering story for both children and adults as we watch Matilda, the other children, and even her sweet schoolteacher Miss Honey fight against injustice.
The only bad thing about the show is it’s too-short run in Minneapolis. Matilda only runs through Sunday, April 2nd. Get your tickets now and here.
P.S. While I strongly advocate for seeing Matilda, don’t stop there. There’s a multitude of great shows all across the city and state, and many Hennepin Theatre Trust shows. I also saw The Realish Housewise of Edina Season 2 last week which was a funny and engaging evening that gave the audience permission to laugh with (at) our cake-eating neighbors and confirmed that people in Edina do in fact need attention every day.