Matilda
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Matilda NYC Reviews and Tickets

85%
(4294 Reviews)
Positive
93%
Mixed
6%
Negative
1%
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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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876 Reviews | 903 Followers
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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

851 Reviews | 1006 Followers
75
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.

945 Reviews | 386 Followers
98
Delightful, Quirky, Must see, Original, Entertaining

See it if You want to see one of the best musicals ever! Great story line. Beautiful songs that have meaning and resonate with young and old.

Don't see it if You can't remember what it was like to be a kid.

539 Reviews | 1873 Followers
85
Entertaining, Great staging, Funny

See it if you like dark comedies. A clever interpretation of a classic story.

Don't see it if kids performing is not your thing.

677 Reviews | 152 Followers
89
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Exquisite

See it if you want to see something clever, fun and touching, enjoy well-staged shows, are a fan of the Roald Dahl book or the prior film

Don't see it if you can't stand children (esp talented ones), don't enjoy satire, don't like quirky musicals that defy some rules

687 Reviews | 114 Followers
84
Entertaining, Great staging, Clever

See it if Adaption of Dahl's gothic children's story admirably keeps disquieting tone despite 'happy' ending. Warchus' staging is real star here

Don't see it if With over-amplification & British accents, Minchin's Tony nominated lyrics often lost; book often loses its way in Act II

616 Reviews | 273 Followers
77
Dahl's subversive anti-authority, anti-know nothing tale solidly brought to life through musical

See it if you enjoy high-spirited song/dance, charming child actors, "hissable" villain Trunchbull, clever/whimsical set exalting literacy

Don't see it if /since none of the songs will have life after this musical/unlike Annie, though ending is "Spring Awaken" rousing, remainder is workmanlike

608 Reviews | 121 Followers
78
Delightful, Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Great singing

See it if First, If you like the movie, you like the play. The music score is good and the acting is good too. Its not 100% like the movie.

Don't see it if If you don't have a kid side, and hate musicals and dancing.

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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