Matilda the Musical has been running in London’s West End for five years, and the U.S. tour is now visiting ASU Gammage, to the delight of those of us who never get out of town. It’s based on a charming and subversive novel by Roald Dahl (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) in which a small bean of a girl stands up to adult bullies at home and at school, making the world safer for the marginalized. So it does work sometimes, if fictionally.
The score is by Tim Minchin, a delightful Australia-born singer-songwriter whose popular hits include one with the lyric, “Praise be to magic Woody Allen zombie Superman Komodo dragon telepathic vampire quantum hovercraft Jesus.” Minchin’s next project: the musical version of Groundhog Day. Seriously.
Matilda opens at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 7, at 1200 South Forest Avenue in Tempe. Tickets start at $30 at ticketmaster.com or 480-965-3434.
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