From London's West End to Broadway, 'Matilda: The Musical' is about to heat up the Great White Way. NY1's Frank DiLella filed the following report.
From page to stage, the delicious world of Roald Dahl takes to Broadway with the new musical "Matilda"!
The show, which is based on Dahl's book about a little girl with a love for language and literature, makes its way to the Main Stem following a critically acclaimed world premiere in the UK in 2010.
Director Matthew Warchus, who won a Tony Award in 2009 for "God of Carnage", is at the helm of the musical.
"It's been a very fun experience from the beginning, mostly because the material, it contains such outlandish characters and situations," Warchus says.
"Matilda" features a book by Dennis Kelly and music and lyrics by UK-born funny man Tim Minchin.
"To have the audacity to have a girl, a 5-year-old girl character, stand on stage on her own, in a spotlight, and riff on Einstein's Theory of Relativity in a lyric is, and to expect the outcome to be, have wide appeal, to be as popular as it is, is very, very audacious and clear-minded as well," Warchus says.
Four young actresses share the title role in the show and play opposite actor Bertie Carvel, who portrays evil headmistress Miss Trunchbull. Carvel makes his Broadway debut with "Matilda", in which he is reprising his Olivier award-winning performance on this side of the pond.
"The kind of enthusiasm that everyone feels for it, and the excitement to be part of something that has such buzz around it, is infectious, and kind of revives one's own spirits," Carvel says.
"Matilda" is currently in previews at The Shubert Theatre. Opening night is set for April 11.