The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) and The Dodgers, the producers of MATILDA THE MUSICAL, announced today that the show will begin previews on March 4 2013 and open on Thursday April 11 at Broadway's Shubert Theatre (225 West 44th Street).
Created by the RSC in 2010, and recipient of a record-breaking seven 2012 Olivier Awards including Best Musical, 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.
MATILDA is the recipient of a record-breaking seven Olivier Awards, including Best Musical and a joint Best Actress Award for the four girls who shared the title role. Based on the beloved story by the brilliantly batty Roald Dahl (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Fantastic Mr. Fox), MATILDA is directed by Tony Award® winner Matthew Warchus (God of Carnage), who helms this exhilarating and ingenious production with book by playwright Dennis Kelly and music and lyrics by Australian comedian, musician and composer Tim Minchin. For Broadway, the Royal Shakespeare Company is teaming with producing office, The Dodgers. Led by Michael David, The Dodgers are responsible for a host of major Broadway and West End hits, including the award winning JERSEY BOYS, a major sell-out now in its sixth year on Broadway and in its fourth season in London's West End. Michael David leads for The Dodgers, with André Ptaszynski, Executive Producer and Denise Wood, Lead Producer for the RSC.
MATILDA premiered at the RSC's home in Stratford-upon-Avon, playing to sold-out audiences from November 2010 to January 2011. Capturing the imagination of young and old alike, the RSC transferred the production to London's West End in October 2011 where the show continues to play to sold-out houses. Roald Dahl's magical story about a girl with extraordinary powers has been a favorite novel of millions of people across the world since it was published in 1988.
The production has sets and costumes by Rob Howell, with choreography by Peter Darling, orchestrations, additional music and musical supervision by Christopher Nightingale, lighting by Hugh Vanstone, and sound by Simon Baker. Casting will be announced in the future.