Dodgers adopt ‘Matilda’

American producers join RSC for Broadway

The Dodgers have signed on as the American producing partners of “Matilda the Musical,” joining the U.K.’s Royal Shakespeare Company in bringing over the Brit hit musical.

The Dodgers are the commercial producing team behind “Jersey Boys” and the current revival of “Jesus Christ Superstar.”

The tuner adaptation of the 1988 Roald Dahl novel, “Matilda” is a hotly anticipated title along the Rialto in the wake of the show’s success in London. Production bowed in 2010 at the RSC’s homebase in Stratford-upon-Avon and eventually moved to the West End in October, earning glowing reviews and strong sales.

Storyline centers on a young girl who triumphs over the nasty adults in her life with the help of telekinetic powers. Musical version has a book by Dennis Kelly with songs by Aussie composer and comedian Tim Minchin. Matthew Warchus (“God of Carnage,” “Ghost”) directs.

The show had already been announced for a spring 2013 opening on the Main Stem, but the RSC has only just now determined which American producers would partner with the RSC for the transfer. The West End incarnation is produced by RSC with Denise Wood on board as lead producer and Andre Ptaszynski serving as exec producer.

Broadway casting, dates and venue all remain to be locked in.

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