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Matilda the Musical

Your Roald Dahl nostalgia is legitimised by this worldwide hit.
By Lucy McNabb
November 28, 2016
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By Lucy McNabb
November 28, 2016
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Tim Minchin's theatrical hit Matilda the Musical is finally heading Brisbane's way, and will make its Queensland premiere at the QPAC Lyric Theatre in November 2015. Having earned critical acclaim and popular adoration on the West End and Broadway, as well as around the country, the show looks set to do the same here.

But Matilda comes with more cred than your usual musical extravaganza. The staggeringly successful show (just seven Olivier Awards and five Tonys, whatevs) was adapted from the original Roald Dahl novel by the Royal Shakespeare Company. Australia's own Minchin wrote the music and lyrics, bringing the requisite level of devilishly dark humour. As the Guardian put it, "You'd be a nitwit to miss [it]".

Those in the loop will probably already know that Minchin has now moved on to an adaptation of the 1993 classic Groundhog Day. The film's original writer, Danny Rubin, wrote the "book" and Matthew Warchus, who directed Matilda's London and Broadway runs, works his magic again. Sadly, no, Bill Murray doesn't star.

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