Regional Reviews: Cleveland & Akron
Matilda the Musical
Second, this show is a musical. Unfortunately, the music and lyrics are terrible. I couldn't remember any melody or any lyrics. The story surely merited better music and lyrics.
Some of the actors seem to be in at least two different plays. Cassie Silva and Quinn Mattfeld (Mr. and Mrs. Wormwood) shout their linesbut they can be heard and understood.
David Abeles plays the cross-dressed Miss Trunchbull, who won a medal at the Olympics throwing the discus. Trunchbull bullies the students in the school scenes, making their lives miserable. Abeles can be heard but not always understood.
The writers made these characters bullies. I suspect if we go back to Roald Dahl's novel we'll discover a number of characters who are bullies.
In the other play we'd find Jennifer Blood (Miss Honey), Sarah McKinley Austin (Matilda), and Ors Jones (Mrs. Phelps) giving more realistic performances.
The production is unsatisfactory. I was seated on a side aisle. At intermission, the nine people who filled the row in front of me left. Four people left the row in front of those nine empty seats. I'm an eternal optimistI hoped the production would improve after the intermission. I'm sad to say nothing improved.
The only bright spot is Sarah McKinley Austin. She can sing, dance, and deliver her lines with emotional clarity. She's a child. Couldn't the adults in the show learn from her?
Matilda the Musical at The State Theatre through May 22. For tickets, call 216-241-6000 or 800-546-1353. For more information on the tour, visit us.matildathemusical.com/tour.
Based on the book by Roald Dahl
Cast: Party Entertainer: Michael Graceffa