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‘Matilda the Musical’ to come to Broadway

“Matilda,” the beloved Roald Dahl story about a girl with psychokinetic powers, will be coming to Broadway early next year in a production by the Royal Shakespeare Company, according to Broadway World.

(Screengrab, “Matilda the Musical: New Musical Trailer”)

“Matilda the Musical” premiered at the Courtyard Theatre in Stratfort-upon-Avon in 2010. The musical was written by the playwright Dennis Kelly, with music and lyrics by Tim Minchin. The show will be directed by Matthew Warchus, who won a Tony award for directing “God of Carnage,” the Yazmine Reza play recently adapted into a film starring Kate Winslet.

The musical follows a Broadway trend of catering more to families and young children, and adapting popular children’s books. Celia Wren reported on children’s theater for The Washington Post:

“It’s always harder to sell a children’s show when the title isn’t familiar to people,” says John Glore, associate artistic director of South Coast Repertory, a theater in Costa Mesa, Calif., that has a young-audiences series ... [Kim Peter Kovac, the Kennedy Center’s Director of Theater for Young Audiences] says he thinks that new work has been a key factor in turning theater for young audiences into a high-caliber art form. In the mid-1990s, he says, children’s theater in general “was not nearly as good as it is now — and, anecdotally, most of us in the field feel the reason it got better is that we started supporting our writers really strongly.”

“Matilda the Musical” transferred to London’s West End, and continues to sell out, so it’s expected to be a hit in the United States as well.

Maura Judkis covers culture, food, and the arts for the Weekend section and Going Out Guide.


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