HHBMedia | Center Theatre Group / Ahmanson Theatre: Matilda The Musical

I was thrilled to learn that I'd be attending Matilda The Musical this past Sunday. My mother and sister had the chance to see the musical in New York a couple of weeks ago and couldn't stop raving about how awesome it was - which in turn made me a wee bit jealous. You see, growing up Matilda (starring Mara Wilson) was one of my favorite movies and the mere thought of seeing it in musical form filled me nostalgic glee.

Now, if you know me you know that I'm a huge fan of musicals, but this by far was unlike any one I've ever attended. The very first number completely blew me away. The children performers were absolutely flawless. From what I could tell, every note, 8-count and mark was hit. They commanded the audience's attention and impressed us with their professionalism.

Matilda, played by Mia Sinclair Jenness, was the sweetest little actress I've ever seen and Miss Trunchbull, played by Bryce Ryness, was the comedic relief that the ensemble needed. Quinn Mattfeld and Cassie Silva, Mr. and Mrs. Wormwood, introduced the audience to new depths of the neglectful parents than we've witnessed in the film - something that was charmingly unexpected.

I genuinely enjoyed the musical. The creativity of the set designs paired with the musical orchestrations was the perfect topping to a great evening.

I could tell that everyone involved worked extremely hard to make this a night to remember for the audience. Seeing Jenness so overjoyed in the closing number literally brought tears to my eyes. I left feeling so proud of the cast and can't wait to come back for more.

If you live in the Los Angeles area, Matilda The Musical will be hitting the stage from now until July 12th. Be sure to check them out while they’re in our backyard! You won't be disappointed.

 

*** This piece was originally published on HHBMedia in June 2015