Posted 14 September 2012 - 02:20 PM
Posted 14 September 2012 - 03:11 PM
Yes, I'm keen to see the impact, although as a Dahl fan, it would be amazing to have two shows based on his books doing good business in the West End. While I agree that there might not be the greatest amount 'spectacle' in Matilda, I found it didn't need it. The songs and the staging are so good that it doesn't really need a great deal of spectacle. I was in wonder at School Song the first time I saw it, and When I Grow Up could melt even the hardest of hearts. Exceptional.
Posted 14 September 2012 - 04:25 PM
Posted 14 September 2012 - 05:46 PM
I too am a Dahl fan, and it would be wishful thinking if there were two of the best Dahl adaptations in the West End at the same time. Matilda, as well as a few other familiar musicals, has proved that with some good songwriting the heart of the material can be shown.
But as the films have proved it is easy to divert away from the core of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and produce an adaptation that is all spectacle and less substance. Casting Douglas Hodge though is a good sign that the musical is not all going to be about Willy Wonka.
Posted 09 November 2012 - 11:25 AM
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