Sunday, August 11, 2013

Matilda the Musical and Kids' Books



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?

2 comments:

  1. Wish we got more than 1 musical a season down here! I'll have to keep an ear out for that one in case it shows up.

    I was in The Babysitter's Club Book of the Month club. :) But I wore myself out reading Sweet Valley Twins/High/SVU/Diaries/Special Editions whatever. That really helped me expand my reading horizon because I fiercely wanted something different.

    Good times.

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    1. You'll probably get Matilda. It's a pretty big hit here and the bigger shows are the ones that tour, right?

      I went through the regular BSC books, the mysteries, Baby-Sitters' Little Sister, the special editions, those autobiography books they had, too. But American Girl--I loved those books, especially the historical notes in the back. I think I'm writing historical fiction just because of those historical notes in the back.

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