Two iconoclastic mad geniuses worked independently on the subversively surprising collaboration that is the award-winning musical Matilda. The original story of the precocious Matilda who insists on a vigorous intellectual life despite her horrible family and school was written in 1988 by that great literary provocateur Roald Dahl. In a typically Dahlian world of irredeemably stupid grownups our empathetic, smart rebel-girl role model finds a mentor in a singular librarian, locating her particularly vivid power in the application of anti-authoritarian skepticism to the hoorah of organized and oppressive reality. Decades later, the celebrated atheist wit and musical phenom Tim Minchin channeled the spirit of Dahl into a smart, funny musical with something to delight kids of all ages, and frighten naughty administrators of childhood who want to ban books and the imagination, all why they sing along.
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