Ward, Ebert, Margherita, Aldridge & More Join MATILDA on Broadway - Full Cast Announced!
The Royal Shakespeare Company and The Dodgers today announced the casting of the principal roles and the ensemble in the eagerly anticipated Broadway-bound musical Matilda The Musical. They are (alphabetically): Karen Aldridge (Mrs. Phelps), Gabriel Ebert (Mr. Wormwood), Lesli Margherita (Mrs. Wormwood), and Lauren Ward (Miss Honey).
Producers previously announced the four girls sharing the title role: Sophia Gennusa, Oona Laurence, Bailey Ryon and Milly Shapiro; as well as Olivier Award-winner Bertie Carvel* who will reprise the role of Miss Trunchbull for Broadway. Each of the girls is making her Broadway debut.
The ensemble is: Frenie Acoba, Erica 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, Phillip Spaeth, Ryan Steele, Betsy Struxness, Samantha Sturm, Heather Tepe, Ben Thompson, Clay Thomson, Taylor Trensch, Beatrice Tulchin, and Ted Wilson*.
MATILDA THE MUSICAL begins performances on March 4 and opens on April 11 2013 at the Shubert Theatre (235 West 44th Street). The Shubert Theatre box office will open on January 21 2013.
Karen Aldridge (Mrs. Phelps) is best known for her starring role on the Golden Globe winning series "Boss" on Starz as Dr. Ella Harris, Kelsey Grammer's doctor. Other recent credits include NBC's "Chicago Fire," FOX's "Mob Doctor," and Ron Howard's The Dilemma. Karen is a critically acclaimed theater artist consistently starring in productions at Chicago's most prestigious theaters such as The Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre and Chicago Shakespeare Theatre. She is making her Broadway debut.
Gabriel Ebert (Mr. Wormwood). Broadway credits: Brief Encounter, by Noël Coward adapted and directed by Kneehigh Theatre's Emma Rice; Red, directed by Michael Grandage. He is the recipient of Juilliard's Robin Williams Scholarship and John Houseman Award. Other credits include the Roundabout's Suicide Incorporated, dir. John Berry; The Public's The Sacrifices, dir. Sam Gold; ART's Prometheus Bound, dir. Diane Paulus. He received an OBIE for his performance in Amy Herzog's 4000 Miles, dir. Daniel Aukin at The Duke Theater and Lincoln Center's Mitzi Newhouse Theater. TV: CBS' short lived "Made in Jersey," His most exciting theatrical adventure has been playing Konstantin in a sight-specific Seagull at a lake in upstate New York, directed by Brian Mertes.
Lesli Margherita (Mrs. Wormwood) is the winner of a Laurence Olivier Award for her performance in Zorro The Musical, and an Ovation Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her role as Lilli/Kate in Kiss Me Kate at Reprise. Theatre credits include the American premiere of The Gronholm Method, Man of La Mancha (Aldonza, Ovation nomination), Showboat (Julie) at Goodspeed, Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey), Spamalot (Lady of the Lake), She Loves Me (Ilona), See What I Wanna See, Rated RSO, and Damn Yankees (Gloria, Reprise). TV credits includes "Fame LA," "Major Crimes," "Charmed", "NYPD Blue," "The District," "The King of Queens," "JAG," and "Steven Spielberg's "On The Lot." Film credits include: Joel Schumacher's The Number 23 and Sam Raimi's Boogeyman 2.