The Verdict: Critics Review Matilda The Musical

By Adam Hetrick
April 12, 2013

Matilda The Musical, the Olivier Award-winning production based on the beloved Roald Dahl children's book, opened on Broadway April 11 and the reviews are now in.

Tony Award-winning director Matthew Warchus (God of Carnage, The Norman Conquests, Boeing-Boeing, La Bête, Ghost) staged the inventive, kid-packed musical that has a book by Dennis Kelly and a score by Tim Minchin. Previews began March 4.

The U.K. hit premiered at the Royal Shakespeare Company's Courtyard Theatre in November 2010 and later transferred to the West End's Cambridge Theatre, where it continues to run.  The Royal Shakespeare Company and The Dodgers present the Broadway run.

The cast features original West End star Bertie Carvel, who earned an Olivier Award for his portrayal of the malicious, pigtail-hating Miss Trunchbull. The Broadway cast also stars young actresses Sophia Gennusa, Oona Laurence, Bailey Ryon and Milly Shapiro, who share the title role. Gennusa has been announced to perform the role for the opening night performance. 

The critics have filed their reviews and Playbill.com has collected them for our readers. Click through to read them all. Playbill.com will continue to update our list as the reviews come in.

AM New York

Associated Press

Backstage

Bloomberg News

The Chicago Tribune

Entertainment Weekly

The Financial Times

The Hollywood Reporter

Newsday

New York Daily News

NY1

New York Post

The New York Times

The Telegraph

Time Magazine

Time Out New York

USA Today

Variety

The Village Voice (Michael Musto)

The Village Voice (Michael Feingold)

The Wall Street Journal

The Washington Post

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