Prepare to be Enchanted by Broadway in Cincinnati’s “Matilda”

Sneak Peek by Sheldon Polonsky of Matilda: Broadway in Cincinnati

Dan Chameroy as Miss Trunchbull with Paula Brancati as Miss Honey. Photo Joan Marcus

Matilda, the Musical starts this week at the Aranoff in Fifth Third Bank’s Broadway in Cincinnati Series, Presented by Trihealth. Matilda, based on Roald Dahl’s beloved children’s book, is the story of an extraordinary girl who dreams of a better life. Armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, Matilda dares to take a stand and change her destiny. Matilda is the winner of 4 Tony awards and a record breaking 7 Olivier awards (the London equivalent) including Best Musical. Having seen the production in London, I can assure you the awards were well-deserved and recommend it to every generation in your family–this is not just for kids!

I caught up with Dan Chameroy, who plays the jaw-dropping role of the malevolent Miss Trunchbull in the musical, who graciously responded to a few of my questions.

What brought you to this role?
A press release of the tour. A phone call to my agent. A few auditions and the rest is history.

What are your favorite things about playing Miss Trunchbull, and what are the challenges?
The physical and vocal demands can present challenges in a long running show. In terms of favourite things, what’s not to love? She lives without regret. Agatha is a bully. She’s rude, lives in an alternate universe, is suspicious of everyone, she’s never wrong and will most likely run for president in 2020.

How do you enjoy working with all the children in Matilda?
The kids are fantastic, professional, consistent balls of energy. They drive the show forward. Without them we don’t have a play.

How long does it take you to get made up as Miss Trunchbull and what does it involve?
It about a 20min process from head to toe. I do a wig prep. Apply make-up. Glue a few warts on my face. My wig is then attached to my head. I squeeze into my padded body suit. Toss on my costume and away we go.

Do you prefer playing villains or heroes in the theatre, and why?
Villains are often the juicier parts but everyone needs a hero in their lives and I’ve had the pleasure of playing both.

If you had to do any other job besides performing, what would it be?
Journalism. I think the truth needs to be reported and these days the truth is often altered.

What would be your dream role?
Anything written by Mr. Sondheim. Sweeney Todd is on the bucket list.

What are some of your other favorite roles that you have had?
Curly in Oklahoma (hero), Gaston in Beauty (villain), Cinderella prince/wolf in Into the Woods (scoundrel) to name a few.

Give the audience your three top reasons for seeing “Matilda the Musical”
1) It’s a fantastic novel by Roald Dahl that has been beautiful realized for the stage. Music/lyrics, choreography, direction and design are all top notch.
2) It’s a triumphant story about a young girl’s ability to overcome the bullies in her life and teach those around her in the process.
3) Miss Trunchbull–I know that answer seems self indulgent but I love this deliciously despicable woman.

Don’t miss out on your chance to see the musical that the New York Post says “restores your faith in Broadway”. Matilda runs April 4th through April.  Tickets are available at http://cincinnati.broadway.com/

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