David Duchovny, Frankie Valli, and More Join Tim Minchin and Some "Revolting Children" at the Broadway Opening of Matilda
Guests at the gala opening also included Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer, and Zachary Quinto.
The Broadway production of Matilda: The Musical celebrated its opening night at the Shubert Theatre on Thursday, April 11 with a post-performance gala party at the Marriott Marquis' Westside Ballroom. The production is directed by Matthew Warchus, with choreography by Peter Darling.
Written by playwright Dennis Kelly (BBC Three's sitcom Pulling), and with music and lyrics by Australian comedian, musician, and composer Tim Minchin, Matilda: The Musical was commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company and received a record-breaking seven Olivier Awards, including ones for Best Musical and Best Actor (for the production's star, Bertie Carvel, who makes his Broadway debut as Miss Trunchbull). The show's principal cast includes Karen Aldridge (TV's Boss) as Mrs. Phelps, Gabriel Ebert (4000 Miles) as Mr. Wormwood, Olivier Award winner Lesli Margherita (Zorro the Musical) as Mrs. Wormwood, and Drama Desk Award nominee Lauren Ward (Violet) as Miss Honey. Sharing the title role are young actresses Sophia Gennusa, Oona Laurence, Bailey Ryon, and Milly Shapiro.
Featured in the ensemble are Frenie Acoba, Erica Simone Barnett, Judah Bellamy, Jack Broderick, Ava DeMary, John Arthur Greene, Emma Howard, Nadine Isenegger, Colin Israel, Thayne Jasperson, Luke Mannikus, Madilyn Morrow, Sawyer Nunes, Jared Parker, Celia Mei Rubin, John Sanders, Tamika Sonja Lawrence, Philip Spaeth, Ryan Steele, Betsy Struxness, Samantha Sturm, Heather Tepe, Ben Thompson, Clay Thomson, Taylor Trensch, Beatrice Tulchin, and Ted Wilson. The production has sets and costumes by Rob Howell, with choreography by Peter Darling, orchestrations, additional music, and musical supervision by Christopher Nightingale; lighting by Hugh Vanstone; and sound by Simon Baker.
Guests included David Duchovny (Californication), singer Amanda Palmer, and author Neil Gaiman; Grammy Award winner Frankie Valli, music mogul Tommy Mottola, and singer Thalía; Tony Award nominees Antony Sher (Primo), Celia Keenan-Bolger (Peter and the Starcatcher), Cristin Milioti (Once), and Anita Gillette (The Big Meal); Tony Award winners Bill T. Jones (Fela), Julie Taymor (The Lion King), and Rob Ashford (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof); Megan Hilty (Smash), Zachary Quinto (Angels in America), Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family), and Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones).