Matilda will face the Trunchbull for the last time… on Broadway, at least.
The Tony Award-winning Matilda the Musical will play its final performance on Broadway on Jan. 1, 2017, marking over 1,500 performances since its arrival in New York in 2013. However, the show remains a hit in its West End run and on the road.
The Roald Dahl-based musical — which began its splashy, Olivier Award-winning debut run in London in 2011 — crossed the pond and began playing Broadway on March 4, 2013. It opened on April 11 and went on to earn four Tony Awards and a special Tony honors for its four original stars, Sophia Gennusa, Oona Laurence, Bailey Ryon, and Milly Shapiro. Meanwhile, the show made stateside stars of adult players Bertie Carvel, Gabriel Ebert, and Lesli Margherita, who have each gone on to further success on screen and stage.
Rare for any musical these days is Matilda’s impressive recoup of its $16 million investment in December 2014, after roughly 19 months of performances. Presently, it’s in the final stages of its North American tour; an Australia production premiered last summer and continues to run in Melbourne.
In a joint statement, producers the Royal Shakespeare Company and The Dodgers said, “Everything that is so special about this show has been celebrated by one and a half million audience members at over twelve hundred performances, making its Tony Award-winning run at the Shubert not only a profitable hit but also a critical success. For that invaluable gift, we thank the extraordinarily talented cast, crew, stage management, associate and resident support teams, theatre staff, all the marketing and production teams who run and support the show so well, and our nineteen Matildas who, even though they are little, have done quite a lot.”
Matilda the Musical features a book by Dennis Kelly, music by Tim Minchin, and direction by Matthew Warchus. Its current cast includes Mattea Conforti, Rileigh McDonald, MiMi Ryder, Alexandra Vlachos, Christopher Sieber, Amy Spanger, Rick Holmes, and Alison Case.