As the title character of Broadway’s “Matilda” prepares hair dye to exact revenge on her nasty dad and his pompadour, she sings in a tribute to naughtiness: “Just because you find that life’s not fair it/ Doesn’t mean you just have to grin and bear it.”
At the opening night performance of “La Bete” on Oct. 14, director Matthew Warchus paid an extraordinary tribute to an unprepossessingly handsome, square- jawed man in jacket, tie and jeans. Turning to the festive crowd from the stage of the Music Box Theatre , he said, “For those of you who don’t know, this is the playwright, David Hirson .
If the comic-book ideal appeals to you as much as it apparently did to director Matthew Warchus -- and if you haven’t been to the movies in, say, a couple of decades -- “Ghost: The Musical” has plenty to offer.
The lively musical “Matilda,” based on a novel by Roald Dahl , is playing at the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-Upon-Avon. Artistic director Michael Boyd has said he hopes it’ll transfer to London. With a bit of tweaking, it’s a cert.
Joanna Lumley is back on the West End stage for the first time in 15 years -- for a role that sees her sport bloomers and curl papers. The actress is throwing away the glamour of the TV parts that have won many male hearts. In “La Bete,” she has chosen the wrong vehicle.
“Matilda the Musical,” the story of an overachieving girl who discovers she has supernatural powers, swept up seven Laurence Olivier Awards, the U.K.’s highest stage honors, including best new musical and director. The production is due to transfer to Broadway next year.