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Based on Roald Dahl’s classic children’s book of the same name, Matilda follows Matilda Wormwood, a bright little girl who immerses herself in books. Matilda is discarded and belittled by her dimwitted parents—her father insists on calling her a boy and harps on her “stupidity” for preferring reading to watching the telly—and her hostile headmistress, the outrageous and wicked Miss Trunchbull. Reclusive, but with an ever-growing imagination and sharp mind, and with a caring protector in her teacher Miss Honey, Matilda dreams of a better life, daring to take a stand against unjust forces and to grasp her destiny in her own, tiny hands.
Once in a blue moon, a show comes out blazing and restores your faith in Broadway. 'Matilda The Musical' is that show.Review by Elisabeth Vincentelli from The New York Post
Broadway can add yet another blockbuster to its roster of kid-friendly shows. 'Matilda,' based on Roald Dahl’s 1988 children’s novel, is wickeder than 'Wicked,' as beastly as the beasts in 'The Lion King' and as crowd-pleasing as anything on the Great White Way.Review by Roma Torre from NY1
What Is Matilda Like?
Matilda features a first-ever Broadway score by Australian musician/comedian Tim Minchin and a darkly comical yet compassionate book by Dennis Kelly. Rob Howell’s scrabble-tile explosion of a set, playfully and colorfully lit by Hugh Vanstone, is the visual counterpart of Dahl’s creative genius spilling into the theater. Director Matthew Warchus transforms the stage into a playground on which a talented group of kid-actors reigns. Irresistible songs like the sweet “When I Grow Up” and the ripping “Revolting Children” don’t pull any punches, and the catchiness of the music is matched by Peter Darling’s snappy choreography. You’ll root for Matilda as she struggles to find the strength to stand up to the bullies and overcome the obstacles. You’ll delight in rediscovering the magic of a musical theater and savor a stageful of great performances.
Is Matilda Good for Kids?
Of course! Matilda is perfect for kids: Colorful costumes, onstage magic and over-the-top comic performances make this musical a great Broadway outing for young theatergoers. They will not have a better time on Broadway this season than at Matilda.