Tony Award-winning Matilda The Musical, produced by The Royal Shakespeare Company and The Dodgers, celebrated its 100th performance on Sunday, July 7, closing out another record-breaking week at Broadway’s Shubert Theatre (225 West 44th Street). Matilda broke a Shubert house record for the fourth week in a row, grossing $1,307,167 over eight performances for the week ending July 7, 2013.
The production began previews on March 4, 2013 and officially opened on April 11, 2013. Sharing the title role includes actresses Sophia Gennusa, Oona Laurence, Bailey Ryon and Milly Shapiro, all of whom are making their Broadway debut.
Much of the cast that made the show a runaway hit on London’s West End have made the journey across the pond to the US production, including Oliver Award winning actor Bertie Carvel ,who will rehash his role as Miss Trunchbull, the antagonist to the show’s title character.
Created by the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2010, and recipient of a record-breaking seven 2012 Olivier Awards including Best Musical, Matilda comes from the brilliantly batty mind of cherished children’s writer Roald Dahl (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory). It 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 premiered at the Royal Shakespeare Company’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.