Carvel stars in N.Y. ‘Matilda’

Actor to reprise U.K. role on Broadway

Bertie Carvel will follow Brit hit “Matilda the Musical” to Broadway, with the thesp now set to reprise the role of the villainous Miss Trunchbull in the Rialto transfer.

Carvel’s name won’t mean much to the general ticketbuying public, but the actor’s perf in the show was a major plaudit-magnet in the original U.K. production. He won an Olivier in the role, his second after taking one home in 2008 for his stint in Rob Ashford’s Donmar Warehouse revival of “Parade.”

Based on the 1988 Roald Dahl novel of the same name, the “Matilda” musical by playwright Dennis Kelly and songwriter Tim Minchin centers on a young girl with special powers who must contend with a host of obstacles, not least among them a frightening headmistress (Carvel). Matthew Warchus helms the production.

“Matilda” bowed at the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2010 prior to opening a year ago on the West End, where the musical is still running. RSC produces on the Rialto with Dodger Theatricals (“Jersey Boys”) and Andre Ptaszynski, exec producer for the RSC.

“Matilda” — one of a handful of tuners this season that could prove a strong draw with young girls and their families, alongside “Annie” and “Cinderella” — begins previews March 4 ahead of an April 11 opening at the Shubert Theater.

Filed Under:

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Leave a Reply

No Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More Legit News from Variety

Loading