Matilda the Musical has landed with much fan-fare in Adelaide and playing at the Adelaide Festival Centre as part of the Adelaide Cabaret Festival and will no doubt have most families flocking along. Those who are still pondering ticket purchasing best be quick though as it’s close to a sell out. And this is no mean feat considering the show goes for just shy of 2 months. Playing in Adelaide until 16 July 2017, Matilda the Musical HAS arrived.
an extremely well put together show that appears and is flawless…
It’s been hailed by many as ‘the best musical they have seen’. Agree with this or not, there is certainly no denying it IS absolutely inspiring and rather an extremely well put together show that appears and is flawless.
“It’s so fabulous to have a big show come to Adelaide” – Amity Dry
In case you haven’t been brought up to speed, this play is based on the book by the legendary writer Roald Dahl (he of Charlie & The Chocolate Factory fame) which then turned itself into the movie of the same name.
To set a very quick scene of the story… A brilliant, 5 year old girl dreams of a better life. The rest unfolds in a spectacular feast.
And our thoughts? Brilliant family fun. Breathtaking in an abundance of ways. The cast are remarkable with James Millar totally nailing the role of Miss Trunchbull, the Head Mistress from hell who hates rotten children. James’ larger than life (in performance & stature) Trunchbull spares no mercy for the children of the school and runs a tight ship of pure meanness and detest. (Possibly Mrs Doubtfires evil twin).
Young Izellah’s ability to connect with the audience is of a seasoned pro…
The leading role of the show, Matilda, is shared by 4 actresses in Australia. On our viewing we were blessed with the heavenly Izellah Connelly. Young Izellah’s ability to connect with the audience is of a seasoned pro. She owns the large stage and her petite size (being a child naturally) gives an enormous presence that is both commanding and lovable, while you embrace her character’s strength to overcome her many issues with the adults/parents in her life. Bravo.
Marika Aubrey & Daniel Frederiksen play the roles of the unfortunate Matilda’s parents. Self absorbed and dismissing of their daughter (or boy) they prance around the stage generally making life extremely difficult for Matilda while showing her a very limited amount of love. They certainly will not be winning ‘Parents of the Year’ awards. They are both brilliant in their roles and interpret and deliver the characters with finesse while it looks like they are relishing in playing them up immensely.
Tim Minchin of course wrote the music and lyrics and has breathed life into this sensation with catchy and foot tapping numbers. Tim, who has just been involved with another show, Groundhog Day the musical, is national treasure, kooky, Tim Burtonesque like and enviously talented. This man does stellar work. ‘When I Grow Up’, ‘Revolting Children’ & ‘Naughty’ a few of the stand-outs for us and clearly the audience who joined us that night.
“It’s amazing, it’s totally brilliant” – Cosi Costello
The set design is big and evolving and the parts of the stage constantly swish in and out and the performance rolls along. While the lighting and sound is 100% supportive of what is occurring on the stage and promotes it gloriously.
Wrap up: Matilda the Musical is very very fun. Advice would be to definitely take a long a child to enjoy the experience with. They will be mesmerized. Absolutely 5 out of 5 stars from us here at SceneTV.
Matilda runs in Adelaide until 16th July 2017 at Adelaide Festival Centre
Matilda the Musical is very very fun. Advice would be to definitely take a long a child to enjoy the experience with. They will be mesmerized. Absolutely 5 out of 5 stars from us here at SceneTV.