On my return from a solo trip to London last year, I made my children a rash promise – “Kids, I saw Matilda the Musical in London. It was the best musical I’ve ever seen. If it ever comes to Australia, we’re going.”
So, guess what we’re doing this coming school holidays?
My enthusiasm for Matilda the Musical has not waned one iota since I wrote about it more than a year ago. The show, from Minchin’s incredibly clever and funny lyrics and music to the dazzling sets and choreography, remains ‘revoltingly brilliant’.
There are dozens of highlights, but the climactic song, “Revolting Children”, demonstrates Minchin’s wit and stays true to Dahl’s perfect balance of humour and horror:
“We are revolting children / living in revolting times / We sing revolting songs / using revolting rhymes”.
Equally, When I Grow Up, is destined to become a musical classic – sentimental in the very best of ways, the song will steal a little piece of your heart.
Find all the booking details at Matilda the Musical – tickets are available for shows until December 2015 and prices begin from $65.
For those wanting to immerse themselves in all things Matilda before the musical begins, find the book by Roald Dahl at Book Depository.