Original Tony Award Winning Matilda’s To Depart
Revolting Children! While these children aren’t revolting at this news by any means, no good thing can last forever. We are far too often reminded of this in the theatre world as some of our favorite come and go from productions consistently. As the winter begins to role in, we are just beginning to see our first couple announcements regarding casting changes for productions that began this past spring. One of the biggest changes was announced yesterday for one of Broadway’s biggest musical blockbusters regarding some of its smallest people. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the sad news that the four girls who originated the role of Matilda in Matilda the Musical on Broadway will depart the production in early 2014.
Say hello to Paige Brady, Gabriella Pizzolo, Ripley Sobo and Ava Ulloa; the four new faces behind the iconic role of Matilda in Matilda the musical on Broadway. The casting changed was announced yesterday by producers who said the four girls would take over performances in early 2014 after the four original girls, who debuted the role on Broadway, depart. No dates for the departure of the original girls or placement of the new girls has been announced yet. Three out of the four girls will make their Broadway debut in the role. Ripley Sobo is the only one to have ever appeared on Broadway before making her debut within the past two years in Once.
The role of Matilda on Broadway was originated by Sophia Gennusa, Oona Laurence, Bailey Ryon and Milly Shapiro. All four girls were cast in the part and rotate performances through the week’s playing schedule. All four Matilda’s were honored with a special Tony Award for their role in the musical’s Broadway debut. They were not eligible for nomination due to the fact that they rotate so frequently compared with that of other performers going on 8 times a week.
The current cast of Matilda the musical includes Chris Hoch as Miss Trunchbull, Olivier Award winner Lesli Margherita as Miss Wormwood, Tony winner Gabriel Ebert as Mr. Wormwood, Jill Paice as Miss Honey and Natalie Venetia Belcon as Mrs. Phelps. Young British actor Ted Wilson repeats his work as schoolmate Eric in the Broadway production after making his debut in the original London production Matilda.
The ensemble includes Richard H. Blake, Jennifer Bowles, John Arthur Greene, Nadine Isenegger, Colin Israel, Thayne Jasperson, Marisa Kennedy, Celia Mei Rubin, Phillip Spaeth, Betsy Struxness,Heather Tepe, Ben Thompson, Clay Thomson, Taylor Trensch, Erica Simone Barnett, Judah Bellamy, Jack Broderick, Marcus D’Angelo, Ava DeMary, Emma Howard, Sawyer Nunes, Jared Parker, Analise Scarpaci,Beatrice Tulchin and Ted Wilson.
Matilda the musical officially opened on Broadway on April 11th, 2013 at The Shubert Theatre on 44th street. The production cost around $16 million dollars and noted several small changes from the original London production. Critics raved and Matilda received some of the highest and brightest reviews of the entire season. The musical was nominated for 12 Tony Awards including Best Musical and went on to win 4 which were for Best Book of a Musical, Best Featured Actor (Gabriel Ebert), Best Lighting Design and Best Scenic Design.
Matilda the Musical features by Tim Minchin and a book by Dennis Kelly. According to a producers note, “Matilda the Musical 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.”
Don’t miss your chance to see the original Tony Award winning Matilda’s in Matilda the musical on Broadway before they depart! While no official dates have been announced yet, we can assume that we will see the change from the original girls to the newly casted ones in early 2014 once the holidays have passed over! For more information, visit Matilda the Musical on Broadway’s Official Website. Be sure to follow Luner on Theatre on Facebook and Follow Us on Twitter as well! We are constantly updating these pages with information! And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more!