Lesli Margherita, Gabriel Ebert, Lauren Ward and More Join Broadway Cast of Matilda

By Adam Hetrick
19 Dec 2012

Lauren Ward in Matilda.
Lauren Ward in Matilda.
Photo by Manuel Harlan

Olivier Award winner Lesli Margherita, Gabriel Ebert, Lauren Ward and Karen Aldridge will be part of the Broadway premiere of the hit London production Matilda The Musical, which will begin previews March 4, 2013, at the Shubert Theatre.

Margherita (Zorro; Kiss, Me Kate) will portray Miss Wormwood in a cast that will also include Ebert (4000 Miles) as Mr. Wormwood, original London cast member Ward (Follies, Violet) as Miss Honey and veteran Chicago actress 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, 2013.

The Matilda ensemble will include Frenie Acoba, Erica Barnett, Judah Bellamy, Jack Broderick, Ava DeMary, John Arthur Greene, Emma Howard, Nadine Isenegger, Colin Israel, Thayne Jasperson, Luke Mannikus, Madilyn Morrow, Sawyer Nunes, Jared Parker, Celia Mei Rubin, John Sanders, Tamika Sonja Lawrence, Phillip Spaeth, Ryan Steele, Betsy Struxness, Samantha Sturm, Heather Tepe, Ben Thompson, Clay Thomson, Taylor Trensch and Beatrice Tulchin.

Bertie Carvel
photo by Manuel Harlan



As previously reported, young actresses Sophia Gennusa, Oona Laurence, Bailey Ryon and Milly Shapiro will share the title role in Matilda The Musical, with original London cast member, Olivier Award winner Bertie Carvel, repeating his performance as Miss Trunchbull.

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.

Visit MatildaTheMusical.com.

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Oona Laurence, Bailey Ryon, Sophia Gennusa and Milly Shapiro
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