Matilda the Musical dazzles on Broadway debut

  • 12 April 2013
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Hit musical Matilda has been praised by critics as "marvellous" on its opening night on Broadway - New York City's famous theatre district.

The Roald Dahl adaptation was called "the best family musical in years" in the Chicago Tribune's review.

And the New York Times said it was "the most satisfying and subversive musical ever to come out of Britain".

The musical, written by comedian Tim Minchin, was a "blast of nasty fun" according to the Associated Press.

But a few changes have been made for it to make sense for an American audience - 'treacle', a word Americans wouldn't be familiar with, was re-named 'syrup', for example.

And the four different American actresses who play Matilda all had to learn to speak with a British accent!

The production in London's West End theatre district broke records last year, winning seven Olivier Awards.

It has been nominated again this year and is up against Billy Elliot the Musical, The Phantom of the Opera and Wicked for the BBC Radio 2 Audience Award - the only Olivier voted for by the public.