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Americans! Casting has been announced for the US Tour of Matilda The Musical!

by Shell 22nd Apr 2015 | 1 comment

As we announced last year, the First National Tour of Matilda The Musical, produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Dodgers, will begin this May in the US, with technical rehearsals and performances in New Haven at the Shubert Theater. Then the tour opens officially at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles on the 7th June, 2015.

There will be dates at cities all over the country, including San Francisco’s SHN Orpheum Theatre, Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre and Dallas’ AT&T Performing Arts Center.

Further information, the full touring schedule and tickets are available from the Matilda The Musical National US Tour website.

The Cast:

The three girls sharing the title role are Gabby Gutierrez, Mia Sinclair Jenness, and Mabel Tyler. The principal cast also features (alphabetically): Jennifer Blood (Miss Honey), Quinn Mattfeld (Mr. Wormwood), Bryce Ryness (Miss Trunchbull) and Cassie Silva (Mrs. Wormwood).

The ensemble includes Cal Alexander, Kayla Amistad, Cameron Burke, Brittany Conigatti, Michael Fatica, Wesley Faucher, John Michael Fiumara, Camden Gonzales, Shonica Gooden, Evan Gray, Cassidy Hagel, Meliki Hurd, Michael Jablonski, Luke Kolbe Mannikus, Stephanie Martignetti, Megan McGuff, Ora Jones, Justin Packard, Serena Quadrato, Aristotle Rock, Jaquez Andre Sims, Ian Michael Stuart, Danny Tieger, Kaci Walfall, Natalie Wisdom, and Darius Wright.

If you’d like to catch up with how Tim came to write the music and lyrics for the stage musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s famous book, then the story so far is here. You’ll also find the reviews and a huge list of international awards Matilda has received, including four Tony Awards and a record-breaking seven Olivier Awards, along with photos and videos marking key chapters.

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The four young actresses who are excited to share the title role in the Australian Premiere Season of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Matilda The Musical were announced today. They are (in alphabetical order) Molly Barwick, Sasha Rose, Georgia Taplin and Bella Thomas.

Matilda The Musical, commences performances from July 28th, 2015, at the Sydney Lyric Theatre with tickets currently on sale via the Matilda The Musical website for performances through to October 25th.

When news first broke that Matilda was joyfully swinging over to Australia, Tim said: “Working on Matilda has been one of the greatest thrills of my life, and I’ve been aching to let her loose on audiences at home. Most of us grew up reading Dahl – the Australian sense of humour gels so well with his dark, iconoclastic tone. The last time a musical I helped write opened in Sydney, the actors almost outnumbered the audience, the theatre leaked, and my drummer was a bass player. If Matilda’s arrival is half as fun as that was, it’ll be a hoot.

All four of Sydney’s Matildas will be making their professional musical theatre debut.

Molly Barwick, Sasha Rose, Georgia Taplin & Bella Thomas

Left to right – Molly Barwick, Sasha Rose, Georgia Taplin & Bella Thomas


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Tim will be joining the panel on @midnight on Comedy Central again next week. Hosted by Chris Hardwick, the show is an internet-themed improv comedy panel show, where comedians compete to find the funniest take on the day’s social media.

The show will air on Comedy Central on Thursday 16th April, 2015, 12A/11C. Check your local schedules for further details. Episodes can be found on the Comedy Central @midnight website after they air.

Hulu will post the show the day after it airs and it will be available for 30 days. For more details check hulu.com/midnight.

Tim will be recording this episode on Wednesday, April 15th, 2015, at 7:00pm, at Hollywood Center Studios, so if you’re in or near LA, you might like to apply for tickets from On Camera Audiences (OCA).

UPDATE (15/04/15): The other panellists are Rhys Darby & Rich Fulcher!

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Tim is one of 63 comedians interviewed for the new three-part documentary series Stop Laughing…This Is Serious, which starts at 9pm this Wednesday on ABC.

The series, narrated by Eric Bana, explores the development of Australian comedy through social and political change, inter-weaving extensive archive material and intimate interviews with some of the country’s best loved comedians, revealing how humour, laughter and comedy are integral to Australian national identity.

Episode 1: ‘Faark, Faark’ looks upwards at those in authority and “punching upwards”.
Wednesday, March 25th at 9pm

Episode 2: ‘Look at Moi, Look at Moi’ looks inwards at the importance of the Australian ability to laugh
at themselves.
Wednesday, April 1st at 9pm

Episode 3: ‘Hello Possums’ looks at Australian comedy on the world stage.
Wednesday, April 8th at 9pm

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Matilda The Musical has been short-listed for the This Morning Audience Award at the Olivier Awards 2015.

It’s the only Olivier to be decided entirely by public vote.

If you voted for Matilda in Stage One (thank you!) you do not need to vote again as your vote has been carried forward.

However, if you have not yet voted then you have until 17:00 on 10th April, 2015, to take part in the Stage Two voting here.

The winner will be announced at the glittering Olivier Awards ceremony on Sunday 12th April, 2015, at Royal Opera House.
More information can be found at www.olivierawards.com.

Tim and director Matthew Warchus caught up with the four Matildas in rehearsals a couple of weeks ago and below the evidentiary photo you’ll find a short video of the Matildas encouraging voting before demonstrating expert execution of the Matilda pose:

L-R: Matthew Warchus, Matilda Shapland, Lara McDonnell, Anna-Louise Knight, Violet Tucker, Tim. Photo by Manuel Harlan

L-R: Matthew Warchus, Matilda Shapland, Lara McDonnell, Anna-Louise Knight, Violet Tucker, Tim. Photo by Manuel Harlan


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