Move over, Annie! Broadway has some new pint-size leading ladies vying for the spotlight: the four very young stars of the stage musical version of Roald Dahl’s classic Matilda, which begins performances March 4 before an official April 11 opening at the Shubert Theatre. The Royal Shakespeare Company production, already a hit in London, follows a precocious little girl who must overcome bad parents, a lonely childhood, and a vicious headmistress.
Nine-year-old Sophia Gennusa and 10 year-olds Oona Laurence, Bailey Ryon, and Milly Shapiro will share the role Billy Elliot-style, rotating performances. In this exclusive clip, the quartet of Broadway first-timers display both an imaginative energy and a sense of mischief that helped get them the gig. As the girls sing in the show, “Sometimes you have to be a little bit naughty.”
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