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Matilda

From 29 critic and 4,184 member reviews
Members say: 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. More…

'Matilda' is the story of an extraordinary little girl who overcomes rotten parents, a terrifying school, and a vicious head mistress....and proves that even if you're little, you can do big things. Based on the beloved children's book by Roald Dahl, 'Matilda' is a new musical that revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination and the inspiring story of a girl who dares to change her destiny.

2h 30m | Already closed | Shubert Theatre (Midtown W)


100
The New York Times

"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." Full Review

100
New York Post

"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." Full Review

100
The Hollywood Reporter

"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." Full Review

100
Variety

"“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." Full Review

100
The Washington Post

"“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." Full Review

100
Bloomberg

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

95
Time Out New York

"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." Full Review

95
The Wall Street Journal

"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." Full Review

95
Chicago Tribune

"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." Full Review

95
NorthJersey.com

"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." Full Review

95
Time Magazine

"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." Full Review

95
NY1

"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." Full Review

90
New York Daily News

"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." Full Review

90
New Yorker

"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." Full Review

90
USA Today

"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." Full Review

90
StageZine

"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." Full Review

90
Entertainment Weekly

"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?" Full Review

90
Stu on Broadway

"Except for a bit of tedium in Act II, 'Matilda' delivers an enchanting and magical theatrical experience to audiences both young and old." Full Review

85
New York Magazine / Vulture

"Matilda is an irresistible, whiz-bang musical, especially in its ingenious staging, which is like a cabinet of wonders constantly opening in unexpected ways.' Full Review

85
Newsday

"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." Full Review

85
CitiTour

"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." Full Review

85
Financial Times (UK)

"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." Full Review

85
Theatre is Easy

"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." Full Review

80
New York Theater

"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." Full Review

80
The Associated Press

"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." Full Review


100
Absorbing, Enchanting, Intelligent, Profound, Great staging

See it if A great family show. Great music and staging. The kids in this show are super talented!

Don't see it if Younger kids might be upset by the more instense scenes.

100
Funny, Clever, Exquisite, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if Such an emotional show. I was teared up almost the whole time, but laughed a lot too. Great acting and singing by the whole cast.

Don't see it if You don't like shows where kids are the main cast.

100
Clever, Must see, Refreshing, Hilarious, Great staging

See it if You enjoy comedy

Don't see it if You are a joykill

100
Absorbing, Clever, Enchanting, Epic, Entertaining

See it if You're a human being

Don't see it if You live under a rock.....jk see it anyways

100
Delightful, Great acting, Hilarious, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if If you want to see talented kids singing and dancing wonderfully. The story is so well portrayed on stage.

Don't see it if If you don't like children's musicals or stories about kids.

100
Funny, Delightful, Enchanting, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if I am so glad I had a chance to see this show before it's final run. I loved it. All the characters were great. And I loved all the music.

Don't see it if I would have loved to see this show one more time before the final run.

100
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if You love children and theatre.

Don't see it if You have no imagination.

100
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Intelligent, Great singing

See it if You have children. Totally delightful show.

Don't see it if You have a difficult time understanding dialects.

100
Clever, Epic, Great acting, Intelligent, Must see

See it if You like Roald Dahl

Don't see it if You don't

100
Funny, Clever, Great acting, Masterful, Entertaining

See it if You still remember what it's like to be a kid and learn to stand up for yourself. It is a beautiful, kind production.

Don't see it if You think that kinds should be seen but not heard.

100
Enchanting, Must see, Great singing

See it if you enjoy being a kid

Don't see it if ,

100
Delightful, Enchanting, Intelligent, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You love the book/movie. Want to see a deep show that is also tons of fun and great music.

Don't see it if you do not like musicals or hate kids.

100
Funny, Clever, Must see, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if Have children or are going for a family show Enjoy Tim Minchin If you like the book or film

Don't see it if You are expecting the film version

100
Delightful, Great writing

See it if you love funny quirky stuff.

Don't see it if you expect ANNIE.

Also One of the best theatre scores written in a long time, with real wit a... Read more Read less

100
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You have no idea about the story

Don't see it if Are not easily entertained

100
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if fun show really enjoyed it

Don't see it if no reason not to see it

100
Clever, Masterful, Refreshing, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if The nest new musical since the 80/90s mega musicals

Don't see it if You hate great songs, stories and a staging.

100
Delightful, Enchanting, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if Wonderful show. Great for any age!!!

Don't see it if If you don't like silly, funny, imaginative shows with wonderful actors and singers...

100
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Masterful, Quirky

See it if You want to experience sheer delight and revel in brilliantly crafted lyrics, characterizations, and feast your eyes on amazing lights.

Don't see it if You are a joyless heathen who wants to sit and be miserable in a theatre for two hours.

100
Enchanting, Thought-provoking, Must see, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You appreciate children's talent and you want to spend a magic time

Don't see it if You don't like kids but it is a great option even if you don't like kids

100
Ambitious, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if Love musicals

Don't see it if Don't like musicals.

100
Absorbing, Clever, Enchanting, Great writing, Great staging

See it if you loved the movie. It's a great and clever musical that takes the source material and runs with it well.

Don't see it if you didn't like the movie. It's great, but it has its flaws.

100
Absorbing, Clever, Must see, Great writing, Hilarious

See it if This show is my absolute favorite show that is currently running. It is just so incredible. It is a must-see before it closes in January.

Don't see it if If you have young children, the Trunchbull and some scenes and effects may be scary for them

100
Absorbing, Ambitious, Edgy, Epic, Great singing

See it if Great for families

Don't see it if Dot den if you don't like child's voices

100
Delightful, Must see, Entertaining

See it if amazing show, fun to watch, to enjoy, be part of the show.

Don't see it if no issues.


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