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April 2013

Matilda the Musical on Broadway has earned itself a whopping TWELVE nominations for this year’s Tony Awards!

Best Musical
Best Book of a Musical – Dennis Kelly
Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre – Tim Minchin (Music & Lyrics)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical – Bertie Carvel (Miss Trunchbull)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical – Gabriel Ebert (Mr Wormwood)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical – Lauren Ward (Miss Honey)
Best Direction of a Musical – Matthew Warchus
Best Choreography – Peter Darling
Best Orchestrations – Chris Nightingale
Best Scenic Design of a Musical – Rob Howell
Best Costume Design of a Musical – Rob Howell
Best Lighting Design of a Musical – Hugh Vanstone

Tony Honours for Excellence in the Theatre – The four actresses who created the title role of Matilda The Musical on Broadway: Sophia Gennusa, Oona Laurence, Bailey Ryon and Milly Shapiro.

For the full list of nominations in each category visit the Tony Awards website. The 67th Annual Tony Awards ceremony will take place on the 9th June, 2013, at Radio City Music Hall. There will be a CBS telecast and outdoor Times Square simulcast.

Congratulations to Tim and everyone at Matilda The Musical Broadway on this amazing news!
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It’s the Olivier Awards 2013 ceremony at the Royal Opera House, in London, tonight! The glamorous and star-studded event, which honours the very best in British theatre, will be hosted by Sheridan Smith and Hugh Bonneville.

Tim’ll be there, looking spiffing and twinkly, presenting the award for Best New Musical and he’ll be performing a song from the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Matilda The Musical, for which he wrote the music and lyrics.

In April, last year, having received the maximum possible ten nominations, Matilda The Musical skipped away with a Guinness World Record breaking SEVEN 2012 Laurence Olivier Awards, including Best New Musical!

This year Matilda The Musical is up for yet another: The BBC Radio 2 Audience Award, which is a chance for theatre audiences to bestow this accolade on their favourite long-running London show. You can see who Matilda is up against and the full list of 2013 nominees here.

The Awards run from 6:30pm to 9.30pm and ITV is showing 90 minutes of highlights 10:15pm to 11:45pm. This will be on the ITV Player next week.

If you’re in London you can watch the arrivals and ceremony on screens in Covent Garden from 4pm, otherwise you can listen live on BBC Radio 2 from 6pm.

There’s more detail and razzmatazz on the Olivier Awards website and for behind-the-scenes Oliviers’ photos you can head to their Instagram page here.

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Tomorrow evening, Thursday 18th April 2013, 9:30pm – 10:30pm, The South Bank Show on Sky Arts 1 profiles Tim!

Melvyn Bragg talks to Tim about his career, his love of language, rhymes, satire and exploring taboos. There will be live footage of Tim performing at the Royal Albert Hall with the fabulous Heritage Orchestra and from the Coronet gig in London last year.

The programme traces quite a bit of Tim’s early life in Australia, his childhood, education, early career and eventual decision to move to the UK. Tim’s brother Dan gets to spill some Minchin beans and you’ll even see some family photos.

In the studio Tim performs ‘When I Grow Up’ from Matilda The Musical and talks about writing the music and lyrics for the show. Director Matthew Warchus and writer Dennis Kelly are interviewed about working with him on the project.

You’ll find more details about the show and three taster clips, including one with Tim talking about controversy and another about Matilda The Musical on the Sky Arts website here.

The programme will be repeated on Thursday 18th April at 12:45am, Sky Arts 1 and on Sunday 21st April at 1:05am, Sky Arts 1.

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Matilda The Musical pops up seven times in the 2013 Broadway.com Audience Choice Award nominations! The nominees are chosen by readers of Broadway.com and they are the only major US theatrical awards voted for completely by Broadway theater goers and fans.

There are 16 categories and Matilda The Musical has been nominated in five of them, including Favorite Musical. Three of Tim’s songs are up for Favorite song and Bertie Carvel is listed in three categories for reprising his role as the hilarious and formidable Miss Trunchbull.

Favorite New Musical – Matilda
Favorite Actor in a MusicalBertie Carvel, Matilda
Favorite Diva Performance – Bertie Carvel, Matilda
Favorite Breakthrough PerformanceBertie Carvel, Matilda
Favorite New Song – ‘Revolting Children’, Matilda; ‘The Smell of Rebellion’, Matilda and ‘When I Grow Up’, Matilda.

You can see the full list of nominations and cast your votes here.

Voting closes on Thursday 2nd May at 12pm and the awards will be presented at a VIP ceremony on Sunday 5th May.

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Last night the New York production of Matilda The Musical, for which Tim wrote the music and lyrics, opened at the Shubert Theatre on Broadway to delighted cheers and a full standing ovation. The show, which has been in previews since the 4th March 2013, is today swinging high, feet kicking up to the sky at the marvellously glowing reviews across the board:

The New York Times
Ben Brantley describes Matilda as “the most satisfying and subversive musical ever to come out of Britain, where it was nurtured into life by the Royal Shakespeare Company… even more glorious than we were promised… truly revolutionary.”

The Washington Post
Peter Marks says “‘Matilda’ [is] by some large and tickling measure the most splendiferous new musical of the year…
With a delectably clever score by Tim Minchin and a slyly evocative book by Dennis Kelly, the musical, is distinguished by its wonderful look and a caliber of choreography for young people you rarely ever experience.”

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