Broadway's Matilda the Musical has posted its closing notice.
The Tim Minchin tuner based on Roald Dahl's novelette will play its final Broadway performance January 1, 2017. It opened April 11, 2013, and will have played 37 previews and 1,555 regular performances at the Shubert Theatre.
Matilda the Musical tells the story of a little girl who refuses to be ground down by parents who despise her or by a cartoonishly evil school headmistress named Miss Trunchbull who is determined to break her spirit. With the help of her kindly schoolteacher Miss Honey, Matilda uses her intelligence, her love of books and a mysterious secret super power to prevail over those who would repress her—and to turn Miss Honey's life around too.
The role of Matilda was so demanding that the show employs four different young actresses who alternate in the title role. The initial four won a special Tony Honor for Excellence in Theatre. The show also won four regular Tony Awards.
The four girls sharing the title role currently are Mattea Conforti, Rileigh McDonald, MiMi Ryder and Alexandra Vlachos. The principal cast also features Natalie Venetia Belcon (Mrs. Phelps), Rick Holmes (Mr. Wormwood), Alison Case (Miss Honey), Amy Spanger (Mrs. Wormwood) and Christopher Sieber (Miss Trunchbull).
Produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company and The Dodgers, the show closes in the black, having earned back its initial $16 million investment.
Tickets can be ordered at Telecharge.com, (212)-239-6200 or in person at the Shubert Theatre box office, 225 West 44th Street in Manhattan.
Composer Tim Minchin's next musical, Groundhog Day, is scheduled to open in London August 16 and to open on Broadway in early 2017 at a theatre to be announced.