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To think Matilda the musical is a bit pants

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Singadream Mon 18-Dec-17 13:34:45

I like the book. I like Tim Minchin. The actors were all doing their job v well. But it just didn't do it for me.Yet everyone seems to rave about how amazing it is. Not many catchy tunes. No huge musical numbers to make you gasp. The fear is too pantomime. The pay off not wonderful enough. Or is it just me?

Giraffesarequitetall Mon 18-Dec-17 13:35:37

I was a bit disappointed with it too. It was ok but didn’t merit the raving I had heard about it beforehand.

WellAlwaysHaveParis Mon 18-Dec-17 13:39:06

Same! Saw it a couple of years ago, and can't remember it! Felt the same (was only marginally better) about Kinky Boots.

AlexanderHamilton Mon 18-Dec-17 13:39:55

I loved it.

MirandaWest Mon 18-Dec-17 13:40:52

DD and I both loved it.

Summergarden Mon 18-Dec-17 13:41:00

I loved it.

BrutusMcDogface Mon 18-Dec-17 13:41:30

We all loved it!

ILoveMillhousesDad Mon 18-Dec-17 13:41:36

Oh noooooooo. Just spent a fortune on tkts for dd for her birthday.

She is always listening to the soundtrack and loves the songs off it, so hopefully she will like it.

I was looking forward to this too 😖

ILoveMillhousesDad Mon 18-Dec-17 13:42:02

Oh good. Mixed reviews then.

genever Mon 18-Dec-17 13:42:42

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lalalonglegs Mon 18-Dec-17 13:42:53

I absolutely adored it - I thought the songs and choreography were sensational and Bertie Carvel was magnificent as Miss Trunchbull. I would recommend it to anyone so, I'm afraid, YADBU. I ended up seeing it twice because I thought it was so wonderful.

genever Mon 18-Dec-17 13:43:13

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MirandaWest Mon 18-Dec-17 13:43:37

I've seen it twice and DD has seen it three times. I would happily see it again

cessie322 Mon 18-Dec-17 13:44:29

We loved it as well!

MrsZippyLake Mon 18-Dec-17 13:44:30

We also loved it and I would definitely go and see it again as would DD age 7.

tangerino Mon 18-Dec-17 13:44:45

I thought it was fantastic

IHopeYouStepOnALegoPiece Mon 18-Dec-17 13:45:20

I loved it and am happily seeing it for a second time next month!

Aladdin on the other had was the biggest pile of garbage hmm

MrsZippyLake Mon 18-Dec-17 13:45:22

Also it helps if you listen to all the songs beforehand, as we did.

LaurieMarlow Mon 18-Dec-17 13:45:26

I thought it was absolutely stunning. I loved what they'd done with the book, adored the choreography in particular and though the Trunchbull stole the show.

CircleofWillis Mon 18-Dec-17 13:45:32

I loved it! I’ve seen it three times. Very catchy songs. I’m always singing ‘when I grow up’ and ‘sometimes you have to be a little bit naughty’. How can you resist those song titles.?

afrikat Mon 18-Dec-17 13:45:49

I thought it was wonderful! I'm going for the second time next year.

bookworm14 Mon 18-Dec-17 13:46:15

I love it. ‘When I Grow Up’ is a proper tearjerker.

Mrsfloss Mon 18-Dec-17 13:46:45

Loved it.

Thought it captured the essence of childhood.

We knew singtrack so that helped.

I’m a sucker for this and billy Elliott though so maybe not best person to ask!

Thegirlinthefireplace Mon 18-Dec-17 13:47:11

Disagree OP.

I am,not a fan of musicals in general and was t especially looking fo ward to it when we took the kids but was won over completely. The sets are fab and yes, the fear is a bit pantomime, but I rather thought that was the point.

Nothing will ever appeal to everyone of course.

LaurieMarlow Mon 18-Dec-17 13:47:56

The staging of 'when I grow up' is captivating. I loved the swings.

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