Matilda on Broadway New York

Matilda in NYC

Matilda the musical on Broadway is a witty family musical that successfully brings Roald Dahl’s eponymous children’s novel to life. With music written by comedian Tim Minchin, it tells the story of Matilda, the 5-year-old bookworm with an incredibly high IQ, and very mean parents. Not to mention an even meaner headmistress.

What makes the musical so appealing is that it’s a tale of empowerment – you feel compelled to root for Matilda as well as the other children. So when Matilda sings the words “Even if you’re little, you can do a lot, you / Mustn’t let a little thing like, ‘little’ stop you”, not only do you want to sing along, but you want to help her beat the big bad bully – Miss Trunchbull.

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Mr. and Mrs. Wormwood and Miss Honey

Matilda was born into a family that had wished she had been a boy. Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wormwood (a used car salesman and ballroom dancer respectively), not only take great joy in calling her names but they all but prohibit her from reading books. They believe she should be watching TV instead of reading Dostoyevsky. But Matilda loves reading books. She uses them, and her imagination, to escape her own reality. It’s only when she meets Miss Honey, a delicate but lonely school teacher, does she finally find a true, loving, mentor. Little does Miss Honey know that she too can learn a lot from ‘little’ Matilda.

Matilda in NYC - Cast of the Musical Matilda in NYC - Birthday

The Cross-dressing Miss Trunchbull

Of course, it’s only a great story when there is a villain that needs to be defeated. Miss Trunchbull is that kind of villain, who’s motto is “Bambinatum est maggitum” (“Children are maggots”). The former hammer-throwing champion terrorizes the schoolchildren and Miss Honey and believes Matilda is up to no good.

The musical on Broadway is a transfer of the 7-time Olivier Award winning British musical. Surprisingly, it has not been adapted for American audiences. With a few exceptions, the Broadway musical is as full of British humour as West End counterpart. This includes men in drag and making fun of the horror of public schools. Regardless, Matilda the musical is entertaining and a lot of fun for young and old.

Matilda in NYC - Poster Matilda on Broadway in New York

How to buy Tickets for Matilda?

It is easy to buy tickets for Matilda with the link below. I recommend buying tickets online before your trip to New York. Why? The website below guarantees great seating in Orchestra or Front Mezzanine for discounted prices. You will save time and money and most importantly you don’t have to stress about finding tickets when you are in New York. A lot of Broadway musicals are very popular and are often sold out.

Buying a ticket is simple:

  • Click on the link and select the date you want to go
  • Fill in your information and pay
  • Check your email for the confirmation and voucher
  • Exchange your voucher at the theatre one hour before the show with photo ID

Seats are assigned by the theatre, which is why you won’t know your exact seating at the time of booking. Seat numbers will be clearly marked on the tickets. For bookings up to 4 people you are guaranteed seating next to one another. With larger groups the theatre will try its best.

 Eric’s Tip: Having read Roald Dahl’s book is a great help, but you’ll have plenty of fun if you don’t as the musical is easy to follow. Something that might be a little difficult though is the heavy English accents. Because the musical is very fast-paced, it’s sometimes hard to understand all of the lyrics. It shouldn’t deter you from going though! The musical is too much fun to miss.

Show Information

  • Minimum age is 4 years
  • Duration: Approximately 2 hours and 40 minutes
  • Location: Sam S Shubert Theatre, 225 West 44th Street

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