Matilda preparations have Roald into an exciting new Broadway production

Abby Hoffman ('14)/ Eastside Opinions Editor

A childhood classic, Matilda by Roald Dahl has been transformed into a Broadway phenomenon. Showcasing originally in London, Matilda the Musical has finally opened its doors to audiences in the Shubert Theatre in New York City. As of March 4, 2013, this musical has successfully captured the attention of parents, teenagers, and children alike.

The London production was the winner of a record-breaking seven Olivier Awards in 2012, and the show has since won five other Best Musical awards.

Based on the novel, Matilda the Musical reveals the story of an extraordinary girl who dreams of a better life outside of her broken family. Unlike her peers, Matilda has a vivid imagination, daring to stand up for herself and create a new life for herself.

Helping to turn the fictional story to life is The Royal Shakespeare Company, an organization known as one of the most acclaimed theater companies in the world. Also contributing to the show are the Dodgers who are famous for producing Tony Award winning hits like Jersey Boys.

Included in the production are original songs composed by comedian Tim Minchin, as well as the script written by Dennis Kelly.

Matilda the Musical’s plan to bring the innovative story of an astute girl in a not-so-unique society helps to draw in audiences around the world.