Sofia Salmela as Matilda in the Children’s Theatre Company production of Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical. Photo by Dan Norman.
In 1988, author Roald Dahl produced a new children’s novel called Matilda. It was more than two decades since the publication of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory made him famous in the English-speaking world, a novel that many thought was still Dahl’s best work. Less than thirty years later, however, Matilda wore that crown – frequently cited as one of the best English-language novels for children ever written. And, as you can probably guess, there’s now a musical.
The Children’s Theatre Company production of Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical, as it’s billed, originated with a 2010 premiere by the Royal Shakespeare Company (it’s not just bards there anymore). The next year, the production was revived for a West End transfer in London, where it has continued to play ever since. A Broadway run followed in the spring of 2013, running for more than 1500 performances. The rest, as they say, is history. Here’s a look at the CTC production opening in Minneapolis on Friday, May 3.