Matilda the Musical is one of the most talked about shows of the season. A smash first in London’s West End, Matilda made its official transfer to Broadway when previews began on March 4th at the Shubert Theatre. Created by Tim Minchin and Dennis Kelly, Matilda the Musical follows the story written by Roald Dahl and beloved by children and adults everywhere. It is a story of a girl that armed with an extraordinary imagination is determined to make her dream of a better life, a reality.
Matilda was originally performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company at Stratford-Upon-Avon and was transferred within a year to London’s West End because of its massive success. Filled with brilliantly choreographed dance numbers, gorgeous songs, and framed by a miraculous set, Matilda is a revelation. Matilda brings a fresh and original musical to Broadway that people of all ages will surely adore. Some of the featured characters include Miss Trunchbull (Bertie Carvel) and Miss Honey (Lauren Ward) who have both been a part of the cast since it first premiered. Also four girls who each get to bring something special to the role share the title role of Matilda.
Joining the ensemble are some familiar faces from the Broadway community including Ryan Steele, Thayne Jasperson and Clay Thomson (Newsies) and Taylor Trensch (Bare the Musical). The musical has received unanimously rave reviews since the RSC Stratford Production and The Daily Telegraph even called it “the best British musical since Billy Elliot.” At the Laurence Olivier Awards, which are the British equivalent to the Tonys, it brought home awards for Best New Musical, Best Actor in a Musical (Bertie Carvel), Best Actress in a Musical (the Matildas), Best Director, Theatre Choreographer, Set, and Sound Design.
Matilda has brought up a lot of buzz because of its huge recognition in England and therefore many of the previews have been sold out. Often when shows transfer from the West End to Broadway, it can be rocky. With Matilda, it was quite the contrary. As soon as the letters were hung on the marquee at the Shubert Theatre, the Broadway community began to buzz with excitement. I am thrilled to see this West End hit finally reach the Great White Way. I can’t wait to see this amazing show this summer on my trip to New York! Matilda was nominated for a whopping twelve Tony Awards including Best Musical. It’s easy to see why, I’m in love with it and I haven’t even seen it yet! The unique score is magnificent and carries through this wonderful story. Watching Matilda, you will learn the benefits of being “Naughty” and remember the magic and wonder that comes along with being a child. It is a West End phenomenon that is sure to create some magic on Broadway for years to come.
Matilda is currently playing at the Shubert Theatre. Previews began on March 4 and it officially opened on April 11, 2013. You can purchase tickets from their website.