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Broadway is the Next Step for Matilda the Musical

Sunday, 4th Mar 2012  

The Royal Shakespeare Company’s Hit Musical, Still Running in the West End, Could Head Across the Atlantic in 2013

Those on the other side of the Atlantic will have their turn to visit the world created by Roald Dahl next year as the Royal Shakespeare Company’s hit production of “Matilda The Musical” is set to make the journey to Broadway. It will be the latest step for a show that began life at the Courtyard Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, which transferred to the West End’s Cambridge Theatre in 2011, as it continues to drum up popular support.

“Matilda the Musical” focuses on the eponymous Matilda and her extraordinary gift of intellect that allows her to teach people a lesson if she feels that they need it. These intellectual skills soon make way for extraordinary powers as she continues to put people in their place.

The musical has been at the receiving end of critical acclaim since it opened and prior to its transfer to the West End there had been much talk of its eventual relocation, with a possible Broadway production considered even before the Cambridge Theatre version. Such was its anticipation it even dislodged the long-running “Chicago” from its home, forcing it to relocate to its current venue the Garrick Theatre.

It then went on to sweep up at various awards ceremonies, with great success anticipated at the upcoming 2012 Laurence Olivier Awards. Among its awards are Critics’ Circle Awards, Theatre Awards UK wins, an Evening Standard Award and WhatsOnStage.com awards.

So there will be a lot of anticipation felt for a potential Broadway production when it heads to the stage. There is little known about the venture yet, except casting calls will take place this month and it will make its way to one of New York’s venues in early 2013.

In this country the cast includes Bertie Carvel, with Matthew Warchus directing and comedian Tim Minchin providing the music. Additional cast members have included Marc Antolin, Melanie La Barrie, Verity Bentham, Michael Kent, Matthew Malthouse, Alastair Parker, Nick Searle, Emily Shaw.

“Matilda the Musical” will open on Broadway in early 2013. Meanwhile, it continues its run at the Cambridge Theatre in the UK, where it is currently booking to Sunday 21st October 2012.

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