Matilda the Musical
Shubert Theatre, 225 West 44th Street (Broadway/8th Avenue)
Current Lead Cast: Christopher Sieber, Matt Harrington, Lesli Margherita (original cast member), Jill Paice, and a rotating cast of 4 young actresses playing “Matilda.
Background: Based on Roald Dahl’s beloved 1988 children’s book, the original Royal Shakespeare Company version of this musical won a record-breaking 7 Olivier awards (the British version of the Tony) in 2012. The Broadway production was nominated for 12 Tony awards in 2013, in a neck-and-neck race with “Kinky Boots” (13 noms). While the show did not capture the big one (Best Musical), it won four Tonys: Gabriel Ebert, who originated the role of Mr. Wormwood, won Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical; Dennis Kelly won for Best Book of a Musical; Rob Howell took Best Scenic Design of a Musical and Hugh Vanstone Best Lighting Design of a Musical. (Personally, I thought Matilda should have won Best Musical instead of Kinky Boots, but both shows are terrific).
In addition, the four young actresses who originated the title role, Sophia Gennusa, Oona Laurence, Bailey Ryon, and Milly Shapiro, shared a special award: Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre.
Quick Take: This is one show that actually lives up to the hype.