advice on Matilda

cooltu
Chorus Member
joined:8/18/08
advice on Matilda
Posted: 11/22/13 at 05:09pm
I really want to go to Matilda.However it feels wrong going alone but if I convince an out of town guest with an 11 year old it feels better. Anybody else ashamed of going to Matilda without kids?
adam.peterson44
Broadway Star
joined:9/7/11
advice on Matilda
Posted: 11/22/13 at 05:14pm
It's completely fine to go without kids.
LuminousBeing
Broadway Star
joined:12/27/08
advice on Matilda
Posted: 11/22/13 at 05:36pm
Heck, I went to see "Dear Edwina" off- (or off-off? It was a very intimite theater) Broadway with an adult friend of mine (both in our late 20's) because we liked the composers' other work. We both enjoyed the show, and nobody batted an eye. I think you should see anything you like! After all, your money is the same color as someone who shows up with a child's is!
oasisjeff
Broadway Star
joined:11/15/07
advice on Matilda
Posted: 11/22/13 at 05:40pm
Just go and enjoy yourself. Everyone will assume you're connected to the family next to you...
Now t/d/b/a haterobics on here.
Sutton Ross
Broadway Star
joined:7/20/13
advice on Matilda
Posted: 11/22/13 at 06:13pm
I saw zero kids in the audience when I went in September. It's a pretty dark show. I love going to the theater alone, no shame!
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AlehoSmith
Swing
joined:11/22/13
advice on Matilda
Posted: 11/22/13 at 06:23pm
Matilda is a tony nominated show and not just for kids
PVDColleen
Chorus Member
joined:3/25/07
advice on Matilda
Posted: 11/22/13 at 08:05pm
I went by myself....I really ENJOY going to the theater by myself,actually. I can read my Playbill and not feel obligated to chat.

And (SHHH....)you can get some great single seats for very popular shows.

bwayphreak234
Broadway Legend
joined:7/4/10
advice on Matilda
Posted: 11/22/13 at 08:24pm
I'm 21, and I went by myself.
"Heck anyone with a ticket stub is qualified to have an opinion." - Dramamama
gleek4114
Broadway Star
joined:5/24/13
advice on Matilda
Posted: 11/22/13 at 08:49pm
Go on and enjoy it! Its a kids show for adults!!!!
stevie3
Swing
joined:5/29/10
advice on Matilda
Posted: 11/22/13 at 11:04pm
Dude, my advice is to go and pick another show. Matilda is a confusing and tiresome show. Nobody can tell you what it is about. Its really the classic example of putting lipstick on a pig. Go to a feel good show and something that EVERYONE Likes and Loves Kinky Boots. Trust me on this Dude. These other people on this message board are either Yelpers or Actors associated with the show. Kinky beat out Matilda for the Best new Musical on Broadway this year. What does that tell you? its Awesome, you will thank me I guarantee it !!!
AlehoSmith
Swing
joined:11/22/13
advice on Matilda
Posted: 11/22/13 at 11:49pm
stevie3 you hate every show !!!! are you 3 years old???
beaemma
Stand-by
joined:11/24/09
advice on Matilda
Posted: 11/23/13 at 12:59am
I always go to the theatre alone in New York, and I'm never the only one there solo. I've seen MATILDA twice and enjoyed it greatly. Many adults were there without children both times.
AlehoSmith
Swing
joined:11/22/13
advice on Matilda
Posted: 11/23/13 at 01:10am
"Dude, my advice is to go and pick another show. Matilda is a confusing and tiresome show. Nobody can tell you what it is about. Its really the classic example of putting lipstick on a pig. Go to a feel good show and something that EVERYONE Likes and Loves Kinky Boots. Trust me on this Dude. These other people on this message board are either Yelpers or Actors associated with the show. Kinky beat out Matilda for the Best new Musical on Broadway this year. What does that tell you? its Awesome, you will thank me I guarantee it !!!"


Are you insane
KathyNYC2
Broadway Star
joined:12/2/10
advice on Matilda
Posted: 11/23/13 at 08:21am
I personally prefer Kinky Boots. But that's not the question here. The poster wants to know if going to Matilda alone without a kid would feel awkward. I am a grown woman and have seen Matilda three times all times without kids - and two times by myself. I felt totally at ease as you should too.

I would personally feel at ease at any show I went to - without or without kids...no matter if it's a kid show or not. No one really knows if you are sitting alone or with the person next to you anyway...so who cares. Enjoy what you want to see. I have met some very nice people going alone.
Libby1209
Understudy
joined:7/22/09
advice on Matilda
Posted: 11/23/13 at 09:22am
I saw Matilda alone...but then again, I like going to the theatre alone. I get to see the show I want and sit where I want.

Stevie3...not everyone likes Kinky Boots. In fact, you couldn't pay me to see it. There...just proved you wrong.
dramamama611
Broadway Legend
joined:12/4/07
advice on Matilda
Posted: 11/23/13 at 09:44am
Hate to tell you, Aleha, but YOU sound like the 3 year old. While I think stevie's opinion's is misplaced here - he has every right to have it, and to voice it.

To the actual OP: No, I wouldn't worry about going alone. I honestly don't know what the big deal would be. I go to the theatre (and out to dinner) in NY all the time. I find it quite relaxing and time to reflect.

Libby: have you SEEN Kinky Boots? If you haven't, you haven't proven anything.
If we're not having fun, then why are we doing it? These are DISCUSSION boards, not mutual admiration boards. Discussion only occurs when we are willing to hear what others are thinking, regardless of whether it is alignment to our own thoughts.
muscle23ftl
Broadway Legend
joined:12/19/04
advice on Matilda
Posted: 11/23/13 at 10:10am
stevie3 is right!
"People have their opinions and that doesn't mean that their opinions are wrong or right. I just take it with a grain of salt because opinions are like as*holes, everyone has one". -Felicia Finley-
tazber
Broadway Legend
joined:5/10/05
advice on Matilda
Posted: 11/23/13 at 10:16am
You should go alone and take your friend. It's that good.
....but the world goes 'round
ArtMan
Broadway Star
joined:9/10/08
advice on Matilda
Posted: 11/23/13 at 10:32am
I visit NYC, most of the time, alone and see shows all the time. When I saw Matilda, most of the audience were adults. However, when I saw Annie alone, (front row rush seats) two adult drunk women afterwards found it necessary to say they thought it was odd that an adult male would see a children's show without kids. Normally they would have been on the receiving end of a cussing, but I responded and stated I thought it was odd that two adult women would be at a children's show with children and be drunk. They shut up then. So don't worry what people think.
Luv2goToShows
Broadway Star
joined:9/13/09
advice on Matilda
Posted: 11/23/13 at 10:35am
Many people go solo to the theater, for different reasons, their spouses are not interested, or they are on different schedules than their friends. What ever reason, is no big deal. Plus you are never alone, there are people sitting all around you. Sometimes they are solo too and strike up a conversation.

I used to ask friends if they wanted to go see a show, they would say yes, then I'd give them dates and they would give me excuses why those dates are no good. Then ask give me a date and then never do. Now I ask, if they commit that is great, if not I just go because if I waited I would never get to go. And most likely if I love a show I will go back and encourage my friends to join me. So do not hesitate, go and enjoy, if you friend can go great, if not their loss.

Updated On: 11/23/13 at 10:35 AM
Wickedmonkey332
Understudy
joined:5/2/13
advice on Matilda
Posted: 11/23/13 at 10:53am
There is no imaginable reason not to go to the theater alone!! It does not matter what you are seeing, it can be a very peaceful experience. And for any who say that Kinky Boots is a better show than Matilda: I throughly believe that their intellectual capacity for theater is low. I love Kinky Boots and find it to be an extremely enjoyable show, but it is no where near as cleverly and passionately constructed at Matilda is. Matilda has its flaws (sound design), but is nonetheless the best musical on Broadway IMHO.
dramamama611
Broadway Legend
joined:12/4/07
advice on Matilda
Posted: 11/23/13 at 11:01am
Oy. Why even make it one or the other? Why can't people be allowed to prefer whatever the hell they like?

Frankly, I didn't think either show was "all that", but don't begrudge anyone loving either or even both of them.
If we're not having fun, then why are we doing it? These are DISCUSSION boards, not mutual admiration boards. Discussion only occurs when we are willing to hear what others are thinking, regardless of whether it is alignment to our own thoughts.
bwayphreak234
Broadway Legend
joined:7/4/10
advice on Matilda
Posted: 11/23/13 at 11:02am
And for any who say that Kinky Boots is a better show than Matilda: I throughly believe that their intellectual capacity for theater is low.

Woha... Just because someone has a different opinion and likes one show more than another they are not as smart?
"Heck anyone with a ticket stub is qualified to have an opinion." - Dramamama
dramamama611
Broadway Legend
joined:12/4/07
advice on Matilda
Posted: 11/23/13 at 11:17am
Because that brilliant comment came from some one that said, "I throughly believe..." Throughly. Because making up a new word shows intellectual capacity for the English language.
If we're not having fun, then why are we doing it? These are DISCUSSION boards, not mutual admiration boards. Discussion only occurs when we are willing to hear what others are thinking, regardless of whether it is alignment to our own thoughts.
everythingtaboo
Broadway Legend
joined:5/5/04
advice on Matilda
Posted: 11/23/13 at 12:21pm
I love going to the theatre alone. When the curtain rises, I could give a rat's arse about who I'm with and/or anyone around me. Unless they're a distraction.


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KathyNYC2
Broadway Star
joined:12/2/10
advice on Matilda
Posted: 11/23/13 at 01:45pm
"And for any who say that Kinky Boots is a better show than Matilda: I throughly believe that their intellectual capacity for theater is low."

I personally feel that the person who can't allow people to have his/her own opinions without intellectually putting them down has an extremely low capacity for anything..including theater.

And like Dramamama said..can't we be allowed to enjoy what we like without making it a competition? Geez... I have been to both more than once and I think each show has different strengths and different weaknesses.

To the original poster....go enjoy what you want to see when you want to see it. Period.

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