Broadway musical sets theater, dates
The Broadway production of London hit “Matilda” has locked in dates and a theater for its spring run, booking the Shubert Theater for its Rialto bow.
The musical based on the Roald Dahl novel recently scored seven Olivier Awards in its West End incarnation, which is still running. Original U.K. producer the Royal Shakespeare Company produces the Gotham incarnation with the Dodgers (“Jersey Boys”). Tuner fills a slot left open at the Shubert, where Tony winner “Memphis” is skedded to wrap up its nearly-three-year run Aug. 5.
Plot of “Matilda” follows a young girl who battles uncaring parents and nasty teachers with the help of imagination and budding magical powers. Matthew Warchus (“God of Carnage”) helms the musical with book by Dennis Kelly and songs by Tim Minchin. Peter Darling (“Billy Elliot”) choreographs.
No casting has yet been announced for the Broadway version, which begins previews March 4 ahead of an April 11 opening. Producing team is lead by the Dodgers’ Michael David, along with exec producer Andre Ptaszynski and the RSC’s Denise Wood.