Telekinetic Matilda Moves Broadway

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The Broadway cast of 'Matilda The Musical.' The Broadway cast of 'Matilda The Musical.' (© Joan Marcus)

Wait a minute. A girl who can make objects move just with her mind. Hasn’t this been on Broadway already — and failed? Yes, but that was Carrie, an altogether different girl. This girl is Matilda and her new Broadway musical is based on a children’s book by Roald Dahl.

Book-loving Matilda is beset by rotten, book-disdaining parents and a diabolical schoolteacher named Miss Trunchbull and her struggle to overcome these obstacles makes Matilda someone worth rooting for. But is Matilda The Musical worth rooting for as well? New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood offers his thought (which don’t move objects at all) on Matilda.

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