Matilda
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Matilda NYC Reviews and Tickets

85%
(4284 Reviews)
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93%
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Entertaining, Clever, Delightful, Funny, Great staging

About the Show

The Royal Shakespeare Company's adaptation of Roald Dahl's beloved children's book, 'Matilda' is the story of an extraordinary girl who dares to take a stand and change her own destiny.

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Great staging, Funny, Fun, Surprising

See it if fun solid show for the whole family. Great music, story and performances.

Don't see it if you don't care for children's themes

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Enchanting, Funny, Quirky, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy sweet stories of an underdog rising above challenges. The music is lovely and the story is very sweet.

Don't see it if You don't like musicals targeted or starring children. This is a show that can be enjoyed by all though.

Critic Reviews (29)

The New York Times
April 11th, 2013

"Rejoice, my theatergoing comrades. The children’s revolution has arrived on these shores, and it is even more glorious than we were promised. Matilda works with astonishing slyness and grace to inculcate us with its radical point of view. It is about words and language, books and stories. It’s about turning the alphabet into magic, and using it to rule the world."
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Time Out New York
April 11th, 2013

"Matilda is a kids’ musical, not a musical that happens to be about a kid. As such, its attractions may be limited to younger spectators and die-hard Dahl fans. That would be a pity, since Matilda is wickedly smart and wildly fun; if your rotten mum or dad won’t go, I suggest nicking their wallets and buying tickets yourself."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
April 12th, 2013

"Matilda is an irresistible, whiz-bang musical, especially in its ingenious staging, which is like a cabinet of wonders constantly opening in unexpected ways.'
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New Yorker
April 29th, 2013

"Directed with head-spinning alacrity...all the principals are stalwart and right-minded in their work, and that only adds to the strength and the wildness of the show, which you can’t put on pause. Nor would you want to."
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The Hollywood Reporter
April 11th, 2013

"Capturing the unique flavor of Roald Dahl’s classic 1988 children’s novel, this funhouse fairy tale is by turns riotous and poignant, grotesque and menacing, its campy comic exaggeration equaled only by its transporting emotional power. I can’t wait to see it again."
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Entertainment Weekly
April 12th, 2013

"This London-bred phenomenon captures the wonder and innocence of childhood, but also the frustrations that face kids confronting the bitter unfairness of the adult world. You will probably find yourself responding like a just-tucked-in child at bedtime. You want to shout, ”Again!” and demand that the cast start over from the very beginning so you might catch everything that you missed — and revel in everything that you savored the first time around. Aren’t those the best kinds of stories?"
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Variety
April 11th, 2013

"“Matilda” turns out to be an explosion of joy, the most exhilarating and flat-out best musical since “Billy Elliot”...so riotously enjoyable that if the figures can be made to work, its future could be limitless."
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The Wall Street Journal
April 11th, 2013

"The makers of "Matilda" have done the impossible—triumphantly. They've taken Roald Dahl's popular children's novel and turned it into a big-budget musical that is true enough to the book to satisfy its youthful readers, yet sophisticated enough to delight childless adults who normally wouldn't be caught dead partaking of such kid stuff. It's smart, sweet, zany and stupendous fun."
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The Washington Post
April 11th, 2013

"“Matilda,” by some large and tickling measure, is the most splendiferous new musical of the year. With a delectably clever score and a slyly evocative book, the musical, is distinguished by its wonderful look and a caliber of choreography for young people you rarely ever experience."
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Chicago Tribune
April 11th, 2013

"Matilda is 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 grand cultural experience in the tradition of the Royal Shakespeare Company."
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New York Post
April 12th, 2013

"For once, you can believe the hype. A treat for ears and eyes, brain and heart, the glorious “Matilda” has it all — plus lasers! A treat for ears and eyes, brain and heart, the glorious Matilda has it all."
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New York Daily News
April 11th, 2013

"A spiky and lavishly inventive new Broadway show...The score is a jaunty and agreeable mix of ditties, doodles and jingles that feel right for “Matilda”’s cartoonish qualities."
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NY1
April 12th, 2013

"Wickeder than "Wicked", as beastly as the beasts in "The Lion King" and as crowd-pleasing as anything on the Great White Way..."Matilda, The Musical" is a conceptual triumph. Director Matthew Warchus and company's shared vision is an inspired tribute to the art and craft of theatrical storytelling."
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Theatre is Easy
April 11th, 2013

"The children in this production are mind-blowing. They each form their character fully, and it takes you by surprise when you see these gifted actors shift suddenly into mind-blowing dancers, singers, and acrobats...Family-friendly but not pandering, this production is a delight for theatre-goers of all ages. 'Matilda' transcends adaptation and familiarity and lives as something utterly original and magical."
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New York Theater
April 14th, 2013

"There is much to like in what is unquestionably one of the best new musicals of the Broadway season. 'Matilda' offers dazzling stagecraft, a faithful and intelligent book, and clever lyrics. The production also, however, sometimes feels in need of a translator...There is something a touch Miss Trunchbullish in hiring almost all American actors and forcing them to put on British accents, which wind up being difficult for the audience to decipher."
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C
November 17th, 2015

"Book writer Dennis Kelly finds the right tonal balance for this tricky, quirky material—creepy yet wistful—as does composer-lyricist Tim Minchin with his spunky, tuneful score. Director Matthew Warchus holds all the myriad elements together for a funny, touching but never over-the-top production...It does an outstanding job exploring the magic of childhood—its many pains as well as its joys."
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USA Today
April 11th, 2013

"The U.K.-based Matilda the Musical is the smartest musical to arrive on Broadway in years. But Matilda is also affecting, and enchanting, in a way that homegrown hits of late haven't been."
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Newsday
April 12th, 2013

"The show, adapted from Roald Dahl's mordant 1988 children's book, is a surprisingly low-tech pleasure. Director Matthew Warchus, a master of character-defining physical comedy, has put big handfuls of tiny gifted actors and monstrous authority figures into a relatively simple set of Scrabble-like alphabet tiles and towers of bookshelves."
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NorthJersey.com
April 12th, 2013

"One of the greatly appealing things about Matilda is the way the musical conjures up a special world with its own distinctive people and rules of behavior. With its pizazz, humor, style, intelligence and all-around entertainment quotient, Matilda is far and away, the best new musical seen this season."
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Village Voice
April 12th, 2013

"The show's over-the-top level can be tiring--almost running over the audience--and a lot of the songs are wordy emissions that sound more work-in-progress than classic stage tunes. Still, it's a kiddie show done with spirit, audaciousness, and a minimum of cheap sentiment. Matilda will surely go waltzing home with some Tonys."
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The Associated Press
April 11th, 2013

"Matilda arrives in New York with plenty of hype and awards, and it mostly delivers a thrilling blast of nasty fun, even if it's a bit swollen and in need of some fine-tuning."
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Village Voice
April 17th, 2013

"It relies on loud noise, constant aimless movement, an incessant barrage of flashing lights, and trick effects...The show’s oddity is made even odder, in Warchus’s largely thug-handed production, by its occasional lapses into tenderness and quietude, which feel less like the musical theater’s customary changes of pace than like the moments of exhaustion that follow manic episodes."
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The Telegraph (UK)
April 12th, 2013

"In some ways, the original innocence of the piece has been lost. There’s a harder-edged quality to the New York staging: the general tenor is louder and more exaggerated...but the tremendous heart and intelligence of the piece remains undimmed."
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StageZine
April 14th, 2013

"One of the most ambitious, energetic and technically mind-blowing stage musicals ever. Everything here, from Peter Darling’s acrobatic choreography to Rob Howell’s unique set, make it difficult to leave the theater without feeling, as the Brits say, 'gobsmacked.' Tim Minchin’s score is rich and textured on so many levels...From the opening number to the finale nothing here is conventional, but it all works, making 'Matilda' an instant classic."
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Financial Times (UK)
April 11th, 2013

"The most engaging theatrical evenings on Broadway of the past few years need no stars to work their magic. Matilda belongs in such company. I found the songs fairly disposable, the storytelling a little slack, and the sound design muddy...But both kids and adults can watch this marvellous production and experience an escape from the usual Broadway-musical fare, which treats them as dolts."
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Stu on Broadway
April 28th, 2013

"Except for a bit of tedium in Act II, 'Matilda' delivers an enchanting and magical theatrical experience to audiences both young and old."
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Backstage
April 11th, 2013

"A meticulously calculated production offers coup after coup de théâtre as it tells Dahl’s fantastical tale of a 5-year-old girl who’s a genius. The show is strenuously entertaining, as dark as it is funny, and just a tad cold...Matilda the Musical resembles nothing so much as a highly sophisticated machine. It’s built to dazzle, and it does."
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Time Magazine
April 11th, 2013

"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. Matilda seems to clear away the deadwood and announce a fresh start for the Broadway musical."
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Bloomberg
April 13th, 2013

"Welcome to the deliriously amusing, malevolent, heartwarming, head-spinning world of “Matilda: The Musical.” You won’t want to leave."
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