By Andrew Gans
and Adam Hetrick
21 Jan 2013
|Photo by Manuel Harlan|
Young actresses Sophia Gennusa, Oona Laurence, Bailey Ryon and Milly Shapiro will share the title role in Matilda with original London cast member, Olivier Award winner Bertie Carvel, repeating his performance as Miss Trunchbull.
Olivier Award winner Lesli Margherita (Zorro; Kiss, Me Kate) will portray Miss Wormwood in a cast that will also include Gabriel Ebert (4000 Miles) as Mr. Wormwood, original London cast member Lauren Ward (Follies, Violet) as Miss Honey and veteran Chicago actress Karen Aldridge ("Boss," "Chicago Fire") as Mrs. Phelps. The production is also bringing over young British actor Ted Wilson from the original London cast of Matilda to repeat his work as schoolmate Eric.
Matilda The Musical has a book by Dennis Kelly and a score by Tim Minchin. Tony Award-winning director Matthew Warchus (God of Carnage, The Norman Conquests, Boeing-Boeing, La Bête, Ghost) directs. It will officially open April 11.
|photo by Manuel Harlan|
Matilda premiered at The Royal Shakespeare Company's Courtyard Theatre in November 2010 and later transferred to the West End's Cambridge Theatre, where it continues to run. The RSC and The Dodgers produce the Broadway run of Matilda.
According to producers, Matilda "is the story of an extraordinary little girl who decides that despite a bad beginning filled with rotten parents, a terrifying school and a vicious head mistress, her story is going to be an astonishing one. With the help of her teacher, her friends and a little bit of imagination, Matilda proves that even if you're little, you can do big things."
The production has set and costume design by Rob Howell, with choreography by Peter Darling, orchestrations, additional music and musical supervision by Christopher Nightingale, lighting design by Hugh Vanstone and sound design by Simon Baker.
An original London cast album preserves the infectious score. Matilda earned seven 2012 Olivier Awards including Best Musical and Best Director, as well as Best Actress (for the four young girls who share the titular role).
For tickets go to Telecharge.com.