GTW favourite, Matilda the Musical, has opened to rave reviews on Broadway after its stunning and ongoing success in the West End. The Royal Shakespeare Company has partnered with The Dodgers for the Broadway version, which is showing at the Shubert Theatre. Musical and theatre critics throughout the US have received the show very well. The influential Ben Brantley of the New York Times has claimed Matilda the Musical to be “the most satisfying and subversive musical ever to come out of Britain … even more glorious than we were promised… truly revolutionary” while the Chicago Tribune’s Chris Jones describes the production as “far and away the best new musical of the Broadway season”. Other plaudits include those from The Washington Post (“the most splendiferous new musical of the year”) and the New York Post, who called Matilda the Musical “a treat for ears and eyes, brain and heart”.
Matilda the Musical began at the RSC at the end of 2010, transferring to the West End in 2011. It has won every major ‘Best Musical’ award and seven Laurence Olivier Awards in a single year, a record-breaker. Written by playwright Dennis Kelly, the music and lyrics came from quirky Australian Tim Minchin and direction was by Matthew Warchus. Bertie Carvel is reprising his role as Miss Trunchbull and Lauren Ward has also transferred to continue to play Miss Honey in the Broadway version. The production retains its British flavour, with cast members adopting British accents