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Review Round-Up: “Matilda” Takes Broadway by Storm

April 12th, 2013

"Matilda the Musical" (photo: Joan Marcus)

Girl power has taken over the Shubert Theatre.

Breezing into town with a record-breaking seven Olivier Awards including Best Musical, this adaptation of Roal Dahl’s story of an extraordinary girl with a fantastical imagination has won the hearts of both theatergoers and critics alike.

Matilda‘s Broadway company includes four girls sharing the title role, each of whom is making her Broadway debut. Olivier Award winner Bertie Carvel and Lauren Ward reprise the roles they played in London.

Whether you’re a little girl or a little girl at heart, Matilda seems to be the unequivocal hit of the season.
Here’s what the critics are saying…

“Within its traditional form Matilda works with astonishing slyness and grace to inculcate us with its radical point of view. Matilda, you see, is about words and language, books and stories, and their incalculable worth as weapons of defense, attack and survival. It’s about turning the alphabet into magic, and using it to rule the world.” The New York Times

“What lifts the show is its overwhelming emotional kick. In a journey from sadness to joy it would have been easy to overstate the case, but Warchus et al. achieve power through restraint. The exuberant second act opener, “When I Grow Up,” sees children and adults flying high on swings, yet it’s impossible to miss the poignancy of inchoate feelings of loss and hope flooding beneath the surface.” Variety

“It was Dahl who invented Matilda, the spunky, over-achieving, proto-feminist, grrl-power heroine of what is far and away the best new musical of the Broadway season, indeed one of the best family-oriented shows of any season, and a work of musical theater that feels like a grand cultural experience in the tradition of the Royal Shakespeare Company (creators of the world premiere), and yet lands remarkably true to Dahl’s off-centered heart in the way it understands both the value of silly stories and the vulnerability of children to adult cruelty.” Chicago Tribune

Matilda the Musical
Shubert Theatre
225 West 44th Street

"Matilda the Musical" (photo: Joan Marcus)

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