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Last night the New York production of Matilda The Musical, for which Tim wrote the music and lyrics, opened at the Shubert Theatre on Broadway to delighted cheers and a full standing ovation. The show, which has been in previews since the 4th March 2013, is today swinging high, feet kicking up to the sky at the marvellously glowing reviews across the board:

The New York Times
Ben Brantley describes Matilda as “the most satisfying and subversive musical ever to come out of Britain, where it was nurtured into life by the Royal Shakespeare Company… even more glorious than we were promised… truly revolutionary.”

The Washington Post
Peter Marks says “‘Matilda’ [is] by some large and tickling measure the most splendiferous new musical of the year…
With a delectably clever score by Tim Minchin and a slyly evocative book by Dennis Kelly, the musical, is distinguished by its wonderful look and a caliber of choreography for young people you rarely ever experience.”


Chicago Tribune
Chris Jones hails the production as “far and away the best new musical of the Broadway season, indeed one of the best family-oriented shows of any season” and describes Tim’s score as “remarkably rich, occasionally anthemic” singling out “a simple, gorgeous Tim Minchin song, ‘When I Grow Up.’ “

The New York Post
Elisabeth Vincentelli says “Once in a blue moon, a show comes out blazing and restores your faith in Broadway. A treat for ears and eyes, brain and heart, the glorious ‘Matilda’ has it all.”

Time Magazine
Richard Zoglin proclaims Matilda “the wondrous new musical from London that has just arrived on Broadway. 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.” and says “[Tim Minchin] has written a score that seems all but woven into the scenery—simple but distinctive tunes, intricate lyrics, a touch of jazz here, or wailing rock there, but all of a piece, integral to the show and like nothing else.”

Opening night on Broadway. Matthew Warchus, Dennis Kelly and Tim joined the cast on stage. Photo by Ellie Kurttz

Matthew Warchus, Dennis Kelly and Tim joined the cast on stage for bows. Photographer: Ellie Kurttz

Matilda The Musical continues to play to packed houses at London’s Cambridge Theatre, inspiring and delighting adults and children alike. 250,000 tickets will go on sale on Monday 15th April here for the London production which is now booking until May 2014.

The original cast recording of Matilda the Musical, is available from iTunes and on CD from the RSC Shop. For more information about the show and for tickets to shows in London and New York head to the Matilda The Musical website.

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billy-bob joe on 17th of June 2013

it was fab

Julie on 23rd of April 2013

Just saw Matilda with my son this past weekend and loved it. I was wondering if there are plans for an Original Broadway recording of the music?

Julie on 23rd of April 2013

Just saw Matilda with my son this past weekend and loved it. I was wondering if there are plans for an Original Broadway recording of the music?

ronnie leek on 17th of April 2013

Tim Minchin, your show is simply the best thing I have seen on stage for as long as I can remember. We saw it in London last august and were fortunate enough to see it on Broadway on 2nd april this year for my wife’s birthday. (Wwe did take the kids as well) It did not disappoint, special mention for little Matilda Sophia. Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful.

Martin on 13th of April 2013

Proud to have seen this in Stratford and London. A complete delight for us as lovers of Tim’s work. And we’re going to be in NY in the summer. Hmm

Rebecca Ingram on 13th of April 2013

Congratulations for the ongoing success of Matilda. Tim I would love to see it in Australia.

OzBizHelp on 13th of April 2013

Sensational reviews for Matilda the Musical on Broadway. Congratulations to Tim Minchin and all concerned!

Glenda on 12th of April 2013

I am so pleased and happy (although not surprised in the least) for you, Tim!!….and for everyone who has put their hard work and talents together to create such a brilliant show! Well-deserved praises, indeed! Congratulations!!! :-)

Hilary Day on 12th of April 2013

Absolutely brilliant! Congratulations to Tim and everyone in the show.

Robin Rinzler on 12th of April 2013

Very well done, Tim! Can’t wait to see it!

Robin Rinzler on 12th of April 2013

Simply can not wait to see this!!! Great job, Tim!! You rock!

Shayna Magnuson on 12th of April 2013

This is so exciting! Congratulations, Tim, and everyone else involved! I, too, look forward to Matilda’s arrival in Toronto in the hopefully-not-too-distant-future. …Though I may just have to bite the bullet and get myself down to The Big Apple this summer!

Sarah on 12th of April 2013

Any plans to bring it north of the border to Toronto? We actually saw it the last time we were in London visiting family, but I would love to see it again and can’t afford the plane tickets. With Les Mis and Lion King coming back to Toronto over the next year adding in Matilda would make it the best theatre season in my 27 years on this planet… please?

Kelly Coughlin on 12th of April 2013

I feel like a very proud mum. Stellar reviews Tim, congrats! You must be over the moon.
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Pam on 12th of April 2013

Well Done and Congratulations to all involved!

Kelly Coughlin on 12th of April 2013

I feel like a very proud mum. Stellar review Tim, congrats! You must be over the moon.
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Anto on 12th of April 2013

Expected nothing less! So glad they decided to keep it British!

Sarah on 12th of April 2013

Well deserved reviews!

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