I went to see Matilda the Musical at the Shubert Theatre last night. It was about as magical as I thought it would be. Beta and I went in excited to see it and came out loving the show, quoting lyrics and lines to each other (“Maggots.” “Hey boy!” “I’m a girl!” “My mummy says I’m a miracle.” “Ian McEwan/ Ugh, I feel like spewin'”). So much of the story is about storytelling, reading and the power of imagination that it’s pretty perfect for a writer in editing mode to see. Because stories are magic.
Plus, since Beta and I both enjoy the anarchic songs of Tim Minchin, the composer, who is also a songwriter/piano player/comedian, we appreciated the wordplay in the lyrics.
Seriously–wonderful performances. Four girls alternate the role of Matilda. Our Matilda was Bailey Ryon.
Matilda is based on Roald Dahl’s book, which happens to be Beta’s favorite childhood book. I don’t specifically remember reading Matilda as a child, but I remember James and the Giant Peach and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
I spent most of my childhood stuck in books–mostly Babysitters’ Club and American Girl. I remember Bridge to Terabithia a little bit (so sad!) and Tuck Everlasting (where I declared during a group discussion that I would not want to be permanently 12 years old. Seriously. Why would I want to be pubescent for the rest of my life?)
Other childrens’ book I remember, some of them very vaguely:
Number the Stars
The Great Gilly Hopkins (first time I learned about Galadriel the Elf Queen)
Circle of Gold
How My Parents Learned To Eat (the first time I read a book where the protagonist was half Asian and half white, like me.)
A Family Apart
–What were your childhood reads? Did you read Matilda as a kid?