Sunday, January 22, 2023

REVIEW: The 80th Annual Dolphin Show Presents "Matilda: The Musical" at Northwestern University January 20-28th, 2023

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Roald Dahl's MATILDA the Musical!

The 80th Annual Dolphin Show

Northwestern University 

Cahn Auditorium


By Bonnie Kenaz-Mara

Here at ChiIL Mama, we've been fans of Northwestern University's excellent productions forever, and this year we were beyond excited to catch opening night of Matilda: The Musical with family and friends.

My kids grew up loving first the book, then the movie, and finally the musical adaptation on stage. It's a favorite of ours and this production is excellent in every way. 

We were wowed by this aerial arts, stage magic, and dance filled production of Matilda. With a full orchestra and the best and brightest on stage talent, this show is a must-see. Creative casting with a black Matilda and her father, and a nonbinary Miss Honey, makes this fabulous triumph over bullies even more poignant and powerful. We love that Miss Honey uses "they/them" pronouns. Props to the props department and set design for a delightfully imaginative playground for this storytelling. 

Yep you read that right… 80th!!! The dolphin show was happening back when my dad graduated from Northwestern in 1960. (Check out the vintage show posters downstairs)

Northwestern University's theatre talent pool is deep, on stage and behind the scenes. The past two years my son, a senior at Northwestern studying Theatre Arts, has been a props designer for The Dolphin Show, and this year Dugan is head of the props department. 

Come on out for this fantastic family friendly production. It's a short run, so don't miss this! Highly recommended. ★★★★ Four out of four stars. 

Bonnie is a Chicago based writer, theatre critic, photographer, videographer, actress, artist and Mama. She owns two websites where she publishes frequently: (adult) & (family friendly). 

Based on Roald Dahl’s timeless novel, this story of an extraordinary girl who uses her brilliant mind and imagination to change her destiny comes to life on the stage. Catch this production on Northwestern’s campus January 20-28, 2023. Click Here For Tickets

Packed with high-energy dance numbers, catchy songs, and a story that will keep you on the edge of your seat, MATILDA is a joyous celebration of youth on stage!

Purchase tickets online at or in person at the Norris University Center Front Desk. 

Cahn Auditorium is the largest performance venue owned and operated by Northwestern University. Located on Northwestern's Evanston campus, Cahn hosts university productions, and is also available for rental.

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