By Adam Hetrick
06 Feb 2014
|Photo by Joan Marcus|
The elaborate stage production will first play a technical preview run at the Shubert Theatre in New Haven, CT, prior to the May 2015 official tour launch in L.A. Additional stops include the SHN Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco, Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre and Dallas’ AT&T Performing Arts Center, with more stops to be announced.
Casting for the tour will be announced at a later time.
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 Royal Shakespeare Company and The Dodgers present the Broadway run, which opened on Broadway April 11, 2013, at the Shubert Theatre after previews that began March 4.
Tony Award-winning director Matthew Warchus (God of Carnage, The Norman Conquests, Boeing-Boeing, La Bête, Ghost) staged the inventive, kid-packed musical that has a book by Dennis Kelly and a score by Tim Minchin.
Matilda received four Tony Awards, including Best Book of a Musical, Best Featured Actor (Gabriel Ebert), Best Lighting Design and Best Scenic Design.
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.
Check out Playbill.com's highlights from Matilda: