"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
"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
"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
"“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
"Welcome to the deliriously amusing, malevolent, heartwarming, head-spinning world of “Matilda: The Musical.” You won’t want to leave." Full Review
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
See it if you enjoy youth actors, if spectacle is your thing, if catchy show tunes fill your music library, if you have a kid inside you.
Don't see it if you do not like child audiences, you are startled by loud noises or flashing lights, you do not like balcony seating and little leg room
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