Show Review: MATILDA THE MUSICAL at Segerstrom Center Jan 17-29

This is a post written by Kyla Armstrong. Kyla attended a media preview.

“Sometimes you have to be a little bit naughty!” Matilda declares as she tries to right injustice and fight for the underdog when things aren’t fair. Matilda, based on the beloved book by Roald Dahl, is a spunky, innovative, and exciting musical that proves you don’t have to be big to fight for what is right and that a little magic goes a long way. While all the children around her are loved and treated like miracles, Matilda, who truly is an amazing miracle, is stuck with the worst self-absorbed parents on the planet! She continually has to remind her awful father that she’s a girl and stay out of the way of a mother that never really wanted her.

The explosion of Scrabble tiles and alphabet block that make up the set design is whimsical and pair perfectly with Matilda and her gift of reading “big books” before she even goes to school. The choreography is dazzling and exciting. I was so impressed with the all the children in the show and how they are able to perform the chorus numbers with drill-team like precision. The lighting is flashy and explosive, so if you’re prone photosensitive seizures, be prepared to cover your eyes and wait the flashes and strobes out.

Matilda is sassy, quick-witted, and a little bit naughty – just like my youngest – and that’s probably why I loved it so much! If you’re looking for a family-friendly musical that everyone in the family will love, Matilda is a sure thing. We’ll be singing “When I Grow Up” and “Naughty” for weeks to come and having the strange feeling that we should be eating chocolate every day.



Kyla Armstrong is the creator and writer of Funky PolkaDot Giraffe – a crafty lifestyle blog, where she shares fun family activities and fantastic crafts and recipes. She is mom to three spunky munchkins and enjoys reading, crafting, fabric hoarding and Diet Coke drinking.

MATILDA THE MUSICAL, TIME Magazine’s #1 Show of the Year, comes to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa January 17-29, 2017. This first national tour of MATILDA THE MUSICAL is produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Dodgers. It is the winner of 70 international awards, including four Tony Awards seven Olivier Awards including Best Musical. MATILDA THE MUSICAL is based on the beloved novel by best-selling author Roald Dahl and tells the story of an extraordinary girl who dreams of a better life. Matilda uses her sharp mind and vivid imagination to take a stand and change her fate. MATILDA THE MUSICAL is directed by Tony Award winner Matthew Warchus, with a book by Tony Award-winning playwright Dennis Kelly, and music and lyrics by musician and composer Tim Minchin.


January 17-29, 2017

Segerstrom Center for the ArtsSegerstrom Hall600 Town Center DriveCosta Mesa, CA(714)



  • Tuesday – Friday at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday at 1:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

NOTE: The 2:00 p.m. performance on Saturday, January 28, 2017 will include audio description, open captioning and sign language interpretation.

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