Meet the Current Casts of Broadway's Long Running Hits - MATILDA!
A great, big Broadway season is on its way, with fourteen productions already slated to open in the next few months. With weeks until the craziness begins, there is still plenty of time to catch up on what's been going on at Broadway's already occupied theaters .
BroadwayWorld will be profiling the hits of the Great White Way that continue to draw crowds after months, years, and (in some cases) decades. Meet the current cast of Broadway's MATILDA below!
MATILDA THE MUSICAL, produced by The Royal Shakespeare Company and The Dodgers, opened in April 2013 at Broadway's Shubert Theatre (225 West 44thStreet) to rapturous reviews and has been celebrated on 10 "Top Ten" lists for 2013. The production has 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. The original Broadway cast featured Sophia Gennusa, Oona Laurence, Bailey Ryon, Milly Shapiro, Bertie Carvel and Lauren Ward.
MATILDA THE MUSICAL is directed by Tony Award® winner Matthew Warchus (God of Carnage), who helms this production with a book by Tony Award®-winning playwright Dennis Kelly and music and lyrics by Australian comedian, musician and composer Tim Minchin.
PAIGE BRADY (Matilda)
Age ten, from the Philadelphia area, is elated to be making her Broadway debut! Regional: The Music Man (Walnut Street Theatre). Paige also amuses her creative mind through art, writing, and reading. Special thanks to teachers, mentors and David Doan for their support and guidance. Love to mom, dad, sister Brooke, pug Bijou, family and friends.
GABRIELLA PIZZOLO (Matilda)
Broadway debut for a lifelong Roald Dahl enthusiast. Regional: Young Cosette, Susan Walker, Dagmar Hanson, Marta von Trapp. Everlasting gratitude and love to Dad, Mom, Gillian, family, friends, Orlando's School of Dance, Susan Wright, and the theater community in the capital district of New York.
RIPLEY SOBO (Matilda)
Broadway: Once (Ivonka). Film: Winter's Tale, Warner Bros. (Abby). Thank you to: Nani/Saperstein Management, James O., Terry O. To her parents, family and friends: thank you for your endless guidance, support and love. Most of all, to her brother "buddy," her biggest fan and best friend.
AVA ULLOA (Matilda)
Ava is thrilled to be making her Broadway debut at the age of nine. Theatre Credits: Numerous community productions. Thanks to all teachers and mentors for their love and support. Special thanks and gratitude to Amelia & BYE and MKS&D. Big Hugs and lots of love to Friends, Family, Mom, Dad and Scarlette.
MATT HARRINGTON (Mr. Wormwood)
Broadway: Twelfth Night and Richard III (Shakespeare's Globe), Harvey (Roundabout Theatre Company). Regional: Seminar (Philadelphia Theatre Company), Moonchildren and The Puppetmaster of Lodz (Berkshire Theatre Group), Now Circa Then (TheatreWorks, West Coast premiere), The Center of Gravity (Portland Stage, world premiere), Death of a Salesman (Weston Playhouse), Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Syracuse Stage). Matt has also been involved in several readings and workshops at Roundabout Theatre Company, Lincoln Center, Naked Angels, Lark Play Development Center, NYU's Studio Tisch and with Ensemble Studio Theatre's Youngblood collective. Television: "Bored to Death," "Gravity," "The Good Wife." Training: MFA, NYU Graduate Acting.
LESLI MARGHERITA (Mrs. Wormwood)
Broadway debut! She received the Laurence Olivier Award for her performance in Zorro the Musical in London's West End. A California native, her national tour/regional credits include Kiss Me, Kate; Show Boat; Man of La Mancha; The Grönholm Method; Little Shop of Horrors; Spamalot; Grease; Aida; West Side Story; See What I Wanna See...you get it. TV/film: "Major Crimes," "The Suite Life," "Fame L.A.," "NYPD Blue," "Charmed," The Number 23, Boogeyman 2...yada yada. Her nightclub act All Hail the Queen continues to play to soldout crowds in NY/LA For her parents, who are nothing like the Wormwoods. @queenlesli, leslimargherita.com.
JILL PAICE (Miss Honey)
Broadway: The 39 Steps, Curtains (Niki), The Woman in White (Laura). West End: Gone with the Wind (Scarlett), The Woman in White. Off Broadway/NY: Death Takes a Holiday (Grazia), Tokio Confidential (Isabella), Company (Susan, NY Philharmonic), Where's Charley (Kitty, Encores), A Little Night Music (Anne, Roundabout). Tour/Regional: Mamma Mia (Sophie, Vegas), Les Miserables, Chess (Florence, Signature), Lend Me a Tenor (Maggie, Papermill), White Christmas (Betty, Detroit and Papermill). TV: "Unforgettable," "Person of Interest," "White Collar," "The Beautiful Life." Education: Baldwin-Wallace College. For Michael.
CHRISTOPHER SIEBER (Miss Trunchbull)
Broadway: Pippin, Shrek (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics, Drama League Noms), Spamalot (New York and West End; Tony nom), La Cage Aux Folles, Chicago, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Into The Woods, Beauty and the Beast, Triumph of Love, A Christmas Carol, NYC Opera Cinderella, Eric Idle's Not The Messiah, a comic oratorio (Toronto Symphony). Off-Broadway: The Kid, Avow, The Boys in the Band. Regional: The Heart of Robin Hood, Hairspray, Company, The Boys From Syracuse. Film/TV: "The Good Wife," "Pushing Daisies," "Elementary," "Morning Glory," "Johnnie and the Sprites," "See You in September," "It's All Relative," "Two of a Kind," "Sex and the City," "Ed," "Guiding Light," "All My Children," "Another World." Mr. Sieber has not appeared on "Law and Order."
NATALIE VENETIA BELCON (Mrs. Phelps)
Broadway: Avenue Q (original cast), Rent. Off-Broadway: The Last Smoker In America (original cast), The Glorious Ones (original cast), Avenue Q (original cast). Originated the role of Tracy in The Radio City Christmas Spectacular 2011. Television: "Damages," "The Education of Max Bickford" (recurring), "Johnny and The Sprites" (recurring), and many more. Film: Grace of My Heart, Sugar Hill, Woo.
JENNIFER BOWLES (The Acrobat, U/S Mrs. Phelps, Miss Honey)
Broadway: American Idiot. National Tours: American Idiot, The Drowsy Chaperone, Wonderful Town. Regional: Minsky's. Television: "Boardwalk Empire" (3 seasons), "Saturday Night Live" (backup dancer for Kanye West). Love and thanks to this fantastic creative team, Jim and Jillian, Bloc, my family and friends. For Aurora, Brooks, and my parents!
ALEX BRIGHTMAN (Michael Wormwood)
Alex gets to play pretend for a living. He has played pretend on Broadway, Off Broadway, in movies, and on TV. He never wants to stop playing. This is for my (M)orons, my Mom, my Dad, and especially for my brother, Jesse... my best friend. Life is RAD. @ABrightmonster
SCOTT DIFFORD (Swing)
Scott is ecstatic to be joining Matilda! Broadway: A Christmas Carol. Tours: Memphis (1st national), Ragtime. Regional: Miss Saigon, Oklahoma!, White Christmas, Cats (PCLO); Joseph...Dreamcoat (Ogunquit Playhouse and Theater of the Stars); The Producers (Riverside Theatre); NY Knicks Acroback Tumbler. Thanks to The Krasny Office, friends, and family!
JOHN ARTHUR GREENE (Doctor, U/S Mr. Wormwood)
Riff in West Side Story (Broadway); Luke in Mim (Off-Broadway); Jonathan in tick, tick...BOOM! (L.A.); Between Time & Timbuktu (L.A., DreamWorks); White Noise (Chicago), West Side Story (European tour), just to name a few. Thanks be to God, my amazing wife, my wonderful family and agent for their never-ending love and support! Dream so that you can be. www.johnarthurgreene.com.
GARETT HAWE (Ensemble)
Garett is thrilled to be in Matilda! Broadway: Newsies (Original Cast - Albert, u/s Davey, Crutchie), Mary Poppins (Neleus). Most recently seen as Barnaby in the 50th Anniversary Tour of Hello, Dolly! starring Sally Struthers. CCM grad. Love and thanks to DGRW, DBA, family, and friends! HAI/Quap. www.garetthawe.com. @GHawe
NADINE ISENEGGER (Swing, U/S Miss Honey, Dance Captain)
Broadway: Pal Joey (Val); A Chorus Line (Lois/Cassie, u/s Val); 42nd Street (Peggy Sawyer); Kiss Me, Kate; Follies; Cats (Victoria). National tours: 42nd Street (Peggy Sawyer), Titanic, Fame (Iris). Regional: The Jack Cole Project, The Rocky Horror Show (Columbia), White Christmas (Judy), Damn Yankees (Lola). Film/TV: "Smash," SATC2, numerous Woody Allen films and soap operas.
COLIN ISRAEL (Swing)
Broadway debut! National tour: High School Musical. Vegas: Mamma Mia! Regional: Barrington Stage Company, Virginia Stage Company, Ogunquit Playhouse, Arvada Center, Casa Mañana, MT Wichita. Thanks to Meg Pantera, Michael Pesce and all my dear friends and family. Mom and Dad: YOU'RE a miracle. Love and NYC!
MARISA KENNEDY (Ensemble, U/S Mrs. Wormwood, Mrs. Phelps)
Broadway debut! National tour: Billy Elliot. Regional: Hairspray (Walnut Street Theatre), A Street Car Named Desire (Arizona Theatre Company), High School Musical (Merry-Go-Round Playhouse), Jesus Christ Superstar (Mary Magdalene), Tommy (Acid Queen). Thanks to Jeff and Troy, her lifelong mentors. Love to Mom, Dad, Collin and Russell.
SEAN MONTGOMERY (Ensemble, Party Entertainer, Sergei, U/S Miss Trunchbull, Mr. Wormwood)
Broadway: Debut! National Tours: Mary Poppins, 9 to 5. Regional Theatre: Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Baltimore Center Stage, MUNY, Atlanta Theatre of The Stars, Theatre By The Sea, AHT, Gateway Playhouse, WBT. Member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA. Training: CCM. Thank you to CGF Talent. Love to my family and Tess! www.sean-montgomery.com.
GEOFF PACKARD (The Escape Artist, U/S Miss Trunchbull, Mr. Wormwood)
Broadway: Rock of Ages, Phantom of the Opera. National Tour: Wicked, Phantom. Regional: Goodman Theatre, Arena Stage, Shakespeare Theatre (DC), Ford's Theatre, Lookinglass, Signature Theatre (DC), Huntington, Court Theatre, BCP, KC Rep, Goodspeed. Geoff has received Joseph Jefferson and Helen Hayes Awards. For his parents: the best teachers in the world. www.geoffpackard.com.
CELIA MEI RUBIN (Swing, U/S Mrs. Phelps, Assistant/Children's Dance Captain)
Broadway debut! Thrilled! NYC: Oklahoma! (Acorn Theatre, dir. Baayork Lee), The Great Unknown (Theatre at St. Clements). London: Parade OLC (Donmar Warehouse, dir. Rob Ashford), Joseph...Dreamcoat (New London Theatre), Candide (London Coliseum). Thanks: DDO Artists Agency. Love: Mom, Dad and Joyce. www.celiameirubin.com.
PHIILLIP SPAETH (Rudolpho)
Phillip played Dennis on season 1 of the NBC series "Smash". He has appeared on Broadway in West Side Story, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown and Wicked. Other credits include "Gossip Girl," "Royal Pains" and as Fender in the musical feature film Hairspray. For JPR. @PhillipSpaeth
BETSY STRUXNESS (Ensemble, U/S Mrs. Wormwood)
Broadway: Scandalous, Leap of Faith, Memphis, Wicked, Tours: Wicked (Chicago, San Francisco), All Shook Up, Oklahoma! Thank you Mom, Dad and Thomas. This one is for my favorite maggots: Layla, Leif, Norah and Willow. www.betsystruxness.com.
HEATHER TEPE (Swing)
Thrilled to be back at the Shubert Theatre where she made her Broadway debut ten years ago as Baby June in Gypsy with Bernadette Peters and is delighted to be back with this wonderful production of Matilda. Other Broadway credits: Billy Elliot and Dr. Seuss' the Grinch. Thanks to Barry Kolker, Eamon, family and friends.
TRAVIS WALDSCHMIDT (Ensemble)
Travis is honored to join the cast of Matilda! Broadway: Wicked. Tours: 9 to 5, High School Musical, West Side Story. Regional: Carousel (Enoch Jr.), Goodspeed, HSM 2, and A Chorus Line. Thanks to my agents at Hartig Hilepo. Love to friends and family. Follow me on Twitter @Twaldsch.
TIMOTHY TV CAO (Swing)
Timothy is giving God the Glory while making his Broadway debut! Professional Experience: The King and I (Prince Chulalongkorn), CATS, Once upon a Mattress, and many more! Dance, Gymnast, Singer, Actor. Want to Thank God, KDA, The Studio Singers, MTW, and KWCH. Much love to My Dad, Hai and big Sister Taniece back home!
GRACE CAPELESS (Lavender)
Broadway & NYC: A Christmas Story the Musical, Godspell Cast of 2032, Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Regional: Really Rosie (Rosie). Grace is thrilled to be part of Matilda and sends special thanks to Mara Entertainment, David Doan and the team at CESD. Love to Momma, Mommy, Jack, Ruby and her family and friends who support her dreams!
MARCUS D'ANGELO (Swing)
Thrilled to be making his Broadway debut. He portrayed Gavroche in the 25th Anniversary Tour of Les Miserables. He would like to thank his five older siblings, parents, Nona, Aunt Julia and family, Eva Kendrick, Denise Simon, and David Doan for helping to make this opportunity possible.
AVA DEMARY (Hortensia)
Broadway: Billy Elliot (Ballet Girl), Evita (Child). Regional: The Sound of Music (Gretl). Special thanks to creative team, Shirley Grant Management, Trapper, Marie Fischbach and all my teachers. Love and thanks to Mom, Dad, Alexa, Grandma, family and friends!
JONAH HALPERIN (Nigel)
Jonah is thrilled to be joining Matilda The Musical directly from the original Broadway cast of Kinky Boots. Readings: Queen Mother. Regional: Peter Pan, Oliver, Beauty and the Beast, Secret Garden. Film: Contest, TV Baby. Commercials: NY Lotto. Thanks to Shirley Grant Management, Gulia, Amelia, Pam, Janine, Thommie & Random Farms Theater. Love to Dani, Mom and Dad.
ALEXA SHAE NIZIAK (Alice)
Broadway: A Christmas Story the Musical, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. National Tour: Mary Poppins (Jane Banks), A Christmas Story the Musical. Regional: Far From Heaven (Williamstown Theatre), Gypsy, Christmas Carol, Honk! NYCB: Circus Polka. Tony Awards (2013). Two-time IRNE nominee. Thanks Doug Jabara, OpenFields, Walnut Hill, RKS & Carson-Kolker.
SOFIA ROMA RUBINO (Swing)
Sofia is thrilled to be part of the Broadway cast of Matilda! National Tour: Billy Elliot the Musical. A special thanks to MSA, Dancers in Motion, teachers, family and friends. Much gratitude to my Mom, Dad, Matteo and Luciana for their love and support.
ANALISE SCARPACI (Swing)
Broadway: A Christmas Story, GODSPELL Cast of 2032. Grateful to Janine, Badiene , John, Laura, Marc, Ellen & Tanya. Special thanks to Kim Pedell @ ZOOM TALENT and David Doan. Analise is extremely excited to go from an ACS WIMP to a MATILDA MAGGOT. Love to Mom & Dad.
MITCHELL SINK (Bruce)
Mitchell is so happy to be a part of Matilda the Musical! Broadway: Elf the Musical. Other credits: A Christmas Story the Musical, The Secret Garden and Seussical. Special thanks to Mara Entertainment, Nancy Carson and Ellyn Marsh. Lots of love to my family and friends!
CHRIS SUMPTER (Tommy)
Chris is honored to make his Broadway debut in Matilda. Chris is an alumnus of Tada Youth Theater where he's appeared in numerous shows. He thanks God & his family for their support, as well as Lisa Calli, Amelia DeMayo, Ben Bagby, Justin Reamy, Jim Colleran, Janine Molinari. NB, thanks for believing in me.
BEATRICE TULCHIN (Amanda)
Beatrice is flying! Broadway: A Christmas Story (Mary Beth). National Tour: Billy Elliot (Keeley Gibson). Gratitude to: Pleasantville MS, LVP/Arc Stages, Artistry Dance Project, DanceMolinari, Julia Mendelsohn, Denise Simon, Jen Rudin, David Hibbard, Rochelle & Amanda/RKS Mgmt. & David Doan/CESD. Love to: friends, family, pets, Lucy, Cassidy, Sophia, Francesca, Mommy, Daddy, Leo & Sophie Dora.
TED WILSON (Eric)
Makes his Broadway debut with Matilda, transferring from the Olivier Award-winning original London cast. Other professional experience in London includes The King and I, Oliver! and Madame Butterfly. Other credits include Raffles of Singapore-The Musical, television trailer for "Handy Manny" (Disney Channel) and Save the Children photo shoot.