The opening night performance of Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical was so good I almost forgot that Jack Black was sitting a few seats down from me … almost. Black attended the show with his family and were among the full house at the Ahmanson Theatre who checked out the Tony-Award winning (four!) production. The under-10 set made up about one fourth of the audience. Bryan Ryness, who plays horrible school headmistress Miss Trunchbull even took advantage of the cries that the wee audience members couldn’t contain when he/she took the stage and would stop and crack an evil smile when he heard he whimpers in the dark.
The production is amazing. You don’t want it to end. Mia Sinclair Jenness played Matilda on yesterday’s opening night (there are three actresses who rotate the lead) and she was perfection (is that kid really speaking Russian at one point? Someone let me know). Cast and audience hit Kendall’s after the show for back pats and cake. Check out who popped by to witness the “miracles.” Kids out on summer break? Take them back to school with this one. The production is at the Ahmanson until July 12th.