It was pretty good.
What does it feel like to play the lead role on a popular West End musical at the age of 8 or so? I don’t know, but it was amazing! Her acting and singing were incredible.
I looked up the girl who played Matilda (Matilda Shapland – yes, her real first name is actually Matilda), and apparently her only prior stage experience was as little Eponine in Les Miserables. That’s a pretty big jump! I don’t think little Eponine even has any lines!
The children songs in this musical have a lot of words, and some parts are almost like rap.
Another recurring feature is word play and twisty language.
The most iconic of the children’s songs is probably ‘School Song’ –
It’s catchy and fun, but I’m not quite used to it yet. I think I still prefer singing in musicals to be more operatic, as I don’t usually care as much about the lyrics as the melodies.
But that’s purely personal preference, and the musical is still very well done, and if you are a linguist type, you’ll love it!
Story-wise, I really wasn’t expecting much since it’s a children’s book, but there is actually a beautiful story behind all this madness, so I was quite pleasantly surprised!
PS. Cambridge Theatre seats are much easier on the butt.
Next week – The Book of Mormon