Matilda The Musical
Credit: Manuel Harlan

Roald Dahl’s little English girl with a very big brain, Matilda Wormwood, is coming to Broadway next year in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s new Matilda The Musical. The show — which opened at the RSC’s Courtyard Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon in 2010 — has been playing to sold out houses in London’s West End since October. And it’s not just your usual children’s tuner — the colorful production is directed by Matthew Warchus (The Norman Conquests), written by Dennis Kelly (who is known mostly in the U.K. for the raunchy television comedy Pulling), and features songs by wild-haired, usually barefooted Australian-British comedian Tim Minchin — making it already very different from the Broadway revival of kids’ musical Annie that also opens next season. It’s too early to say, but I might be Team Matilda.

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