8 Differences Between “Matilda: The Musical” and the Original Roald Dahl Book

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Netflix’s “Matilda: The Musical” is just the latest adaptation of a story we all know and love. It’s a movie musical, based on a stage musical, based on a book by Roald Dahl, which has also been adapted into a non-musical movie. That’s a lot of “Matilda,” and it’s no wonder: the story of a precocious, slightly supernatural girl who defeats adult bullies is a timeless classic, with just the right balance of acidic dark humor and sweet, empowering hope.

The latest adaptation might be just a little bit different than the story you already know – and we’re not just talking about the addition of musical numbers! If you’ve already watched the movie (or you don’t mind spoilers), read on to learn more about the biggest changes that “Matilda: The Musical” made to the beloved book’s storylines.

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