Last night, Matthew and I met up with our friends Sonia and Christopher for a lovely night out in the Playhouse Square district.
We started with dinner at Cibreo Italian Kitchen. For delicious food, great service, and tasty drinks (the 1921, with prosecco, local honey, and St. Germain is amazing), this is one of my favorite pre-theater spots. I ordered the Shrimp Fra Diavolo, with a tomato sauce nicely spiced up with Calabrian chiles, served over bucatini.
Matthew chose the Tuscan braised beef C.A.B., served with polenta and asparagus. Absolutely fabulous!
After a solid two hours of wonderful food and wall-to-wall conversation, we headed across the street to the State Theatre to see “Matilda the Musical.”
I didn’t have a strong memory of the classic Roald Dahl book on which the musical is based, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. The musical has a bit of a Tim Burton feel, with over-the-top “villains” and some dark humor. But it also has a sweet, endearing story line with a spunky and very talented little heroine.
I could hear a lot of children in the audience laughing and cheering along with Matilda’s antics and you soon found the adults doing the same. For not knowing what I was going to get from this show, I left pleasantly surprised at how fun and heartwarming it was.
“Matilda the Musical” continues its run at Playhouse Square through Sunday, May 22. Tickets are still available and range from $10 to $110. Click here to purchase tickets.
***Disclosure: I received complimentary tickets to “Matilda the Musical” through my involvement with the Playhouse Square Partners board. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***