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Musical of Roald Dahl's MATILDA 
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Playbill has news of a musical adaptation of Matilda for the RSC:

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Roald Dahl's popular 1988 children's story Matilda will be adapted into a new musical. Tony-winning director Matthew Warchus will stage the production for the Royal Shakespeare Company, which will premiere at Stratford-upon-Avon's Courtyard Theatre in winter 2010. The show will feature a book by playwright Dennis Kelly... and music and lyrics by Australian comedian, actor and musician Tim Minchin.

I suppose this could be interesting, depending on how the book and score turn out. Matilda is not one of the Dahl books I know well; in fact, I've never read it and only know the story from the film.

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I want to audition. I wish I could audition, that is. I LOVE Mathilda. Take that back, I love Ronald Dahl books. But I'm surprised they're making it into the show.

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Will it be adapted directy from the book, or include aspects of the film? While one might call it counter-intuitive, the film fleshed out the characters and made it more than "Matilda in a world of adult monsters."

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I'm sure it will officially come from the book, but inevitably have a little bit of crossover.

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At least the songs should be funny.


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This could turn out to be a great production.

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They've got quite a bit of special effects ahead of them.

But I love the book and movie and can't wait to see how it turns out.

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When I was in grade five, I mapped out a complete synopsis of how this story would translate to the stage. Not for a project, just because I was super cool. I'm interested to see how this professional version compares to the synopsis written by a 10 year-old.


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Yours was probably more creative than the professional adaptation will be.

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Tim Minchin is a fantastic composer and VERY funny. I'm looking forward to seeing what comes of this.

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Post Musical of Roald Dahl's MATILDA
The musical adaptation of Roald Dahl's Matilda has opened to rave reviews and this means that we'll be getting a cast recording and a London transfer next year. Here is a trailer promoting the show, which sounds like it is being narrated by Trunchbull:



It's a pity there one can't gain a better idea of the score from the clip, but the whole thing looks pretty good. Word on the street is that this adaptation is fantastic and the critics have praised the show:

PaulTaylor (from The Independent) wrote:
The Royal Shakespeare Company has struck gold with this wildly entertaining musical.... Dennis Kelly's clever adaptation and the witty, intricate songs by Aussie comic Tim Minchin create a new, improved version of Dahl's story... Granted, you can usually spot the influences (Sondheim, Lloyd Webber et al) in Minchin's eclectic score but it never fails to captivate with its vitality as it ranges from raucous rocking to pensive sweetness.

Meriel Patrick (from Whatsonstage) wrote:
Tim Minchin’s music and lyrics sparkle with wit and energy, demonstrating a touch of genius to rival that of the eponymous Matilda. Complemented by Dennis Kelly’s book, they make up a piece which is by turns riotously funny and gut-wrenchingly poignant (and against all apparent logic, sometimes both at once), all brought vividly to life by Matthew Warchus’ masterful direction.

Charles Spencer (from The Telegraph) wrote:
The songs fizz with humour and great take-home melodies. Kelly and Minchin suddenly look like the brightest prospects for British musical theatre since Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice broke through with Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat more than 40 years ago.... I predict that this show will be unstoppable. It is funny, heart-warming, and bang-on target in its depiction of our dumbed-down culture so hideously represented by the TV addicted Wormwoods. The show only ended an hour ago, and already I’m longing to see it again.

The show has an official website, where there is all kinds of information (including a guide on how the book was adapted, character Q and A's and so on) as well as a place where you can sign up for information about the cast recording.

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Post Re: Musical of Roald Dahl's MATILDA
Why are there two 'Matilda' threads?

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