New Haven's Shubert Theater landed a major touring musical to celebrate its 100th anniversary.
The family friendly show, "Matilda," will launch its tour at the end of the theater's 2014-15 season, opening in May 2015 following a six-week period of rehearsing, technical set-up and pre-tour performances.
The tour will "officially" begin at Los Angeles' Ahmanson Theatre following the New Haven start-up.
The show mark's the third major Broadway touring show that has its Connecticut premiers not at Hartford's Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts but at other theaters in the state. "Once" just played at the Shubert. (It is part of the Bushnell's 2014-15 season.) And "Newsies" will play the Palace Theater in Waterbury in October.
"Matilda" received four Tony Awards and a Tony Honor for Excellence in the Theater for each of the four girls who shared the title role, two Outer Critics Circle Awards, five Drama Desk Awards including Best Musical, and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical. Time Magazine named it the "#1 show of the year."
Winner of a record-breaking seven Olivier Awards including Best Musicall the show is based on the novel by best-selling author Roald Dahl (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Fantastic Mr. Fox). The show is "the story of an extraordinary girl who dreams of a better life. Armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, Matilda dares to take a stand and change her destiny."
The show is directed by Tony Award winner Matthew Warchus ("God of Carnage") who staged this production with a book by Tony Award-winning playwright Dennis Kellyand music and lyrics by Australian comedian, musician and composer Tim Minchin.
The Shubert will be closed for renovations of its lobby and facade starting in May and continuing through early October. The complete new season has not been announced yet but it is expected there will be special celebrations in December when the theater will officially turn 100 years old.
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