So, as most Matilda fans know, Broadway did a weird thing awhile ago. The character known as the Escapologist in Stratford and on the West End had a name change to the Escape Artist on Broadway, presumably because Americans are stupid and don’t know what an escapologist is.
This was generally…
except they literally explain what it is in the show. and even if you’re not listening when matilda spells it out for you, it’s not hard to figure out with context. i’d never heard the word pre-matilda either.
My thoughts on this:
Yes, I am frustrated that they have felt the need to change these things as I loved the show perfectly where it was. And really, I still love it just as much. I just miss the escapologist and the entirely British accent and such.
What I DON’T like is seeing the assumption that Americans must be dumb or silly or what-have-you because the changes have been made. It’s rather akin to the whole Philosopher’s/Sorcerer’s Stone thing. The fans really didn’t have any choice. People much higher up made that decision. We were not consulted, just left to react ourselves and bear the brunt of the “Americans must be stupid” comments.
So, sure, be frustrated about it because I totally am, too. I’d just feel a whole lot better if this wasn’t another one of those things contributing to the belittling of the Broadway show I sometimes see (luckily usually in YouTube comments and such, not here). I happen to adore both productions, and I hate to see Americans/American fans being targeted in any way because of this. I promise, most of us are perfectly normal and reasonably kind and intelligent people. :)
(Disclaimers: The frustrated comments are really in no way responding to anyone on this thread, these are just things I’ve thought about a lot in the past without really saying them. Also I’m sorry I have like two modes, write next to nothing and WOAH HEY WRITE A CRAP TON.)Source: slip-of-a-bolt