Matilda is being dubbed the best Broadway musical since The Lion King.
Matilda has been dubbed the best British musical for years, following its debut on Broadway. Critics were unanimous in their praise for the production, which sees four young actresses alternating in the lead role. It opened at the Shubert Theatre in New York on April 11, 2013 after a strong showing in previews last month.
Original cast-member from the British version, Olivier award winning Bertie Carvel reprises his role as Miss Trunchbull, while Lauren Ward and Ted Wilson also return as Miss Honey and Eric. With music and lyrics was acclaimed comedian and songwriter Tim Minchin, the music appears to have won as much acclaim across the Atlantic as it did in Britain. “The real miracle, though, is not Matilda, but Matilda, the wondrous new musical from London that has just arrived on Broadway. It would be easy to call it the best British musical since Billy Elliot, but that, I’m afraid, would be underselling it. You have to go back to The Lion King to find a show with as much invention, spirit and genre-redefining verve,” said TIME magazine’s Richard Zoglin. “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,” said Chris Jones of the Chicago Tribune.
The West End production of Matilda broke records last year, winning seven Olivier Awards including the youngest award winner for 10-year-old Eleanor Worthington-Cox.
Tim Minchin, Pictured Here In London, Wrote The Music and Lyrics For 'Matilda'