Natalie Venetia Belcon, Rick Holmes, Amy Spanger & Allison Case Join Company of MATILDA Tonight!
Beginning tonight, September 8, the Tony Award-winning Broadway hit Matilda the Musical will welcome Natalie Venetia Belcon as Mrs. Phelps, Allison Case as Miss Honey, Rick Holmes as Mr. Wormwood, and Amy Spanger as Mrs. Wormwood. They join a principal cast that features Christopher Sieber as Miss Trunchbull, and the four girls sharing the title role: Mattea Conforti, Rileigh McDonald, Mimi Ryder, and Alexandra Vlachos.
NATALIE VENETIA BELCON (Mrs. Phelps) is delighted to be back at Matilda. Broadway:Avenue Q (original cast), Rent. Off-Broadway original casts: The Last Smoker in America,The Glorious Ones, Avenue Q. She originated the role of Tracy in The Radio City Christmas Spectacular 2011. TV: "Damages," "The Education of Max Bickford" (recurring), "Johnny and The Sprites" (recurring). Film: Grace of My Heart, Sugar Hill, Woo.
ALLISON CASE (Miss Honey) is thrilled to join Matilda! Broadway: Originated the role of Crissy in the Tony Award-winning revival of Hair (Off-Broadway, Broadway, West End), Hands on a Hardbody (Kelli Mangrum),Mamma Mia (Sophie). Off-Broadway: Fly by Night (Miriam) at Playwrights Horizons. Other credits include Nemo in Finding Nemo the Musical(Disney), Hands on a Hardbody (Kelli) at La Jolla Playhouse, Por Quinlyand The Only Child at South Coast Repertory. Television: "Nurse Jackie," "Royal Pains," "NYC 22," and upcoming in HBO's "The Young Pope." Film:The Blue Eyes and Life of an Actress. Graduate from UC Irvine and South Coast Repertory's Conservatory.
RICK HOLMES (Mr. Wormwood). Broadway: The Visit, Peter and the Starcatcher, Spamalot. Broadway, Roundabout Theatre Company: Cabaret, Major Barbara, Deep Blue Sea. National Actors Theatre: Timon of Athens, The Government Inspector, Saint Joan. National Tours: Spamalot, Cabaret (Sam Mendes / Rob Marshall, Dir.), Angels in America(Michael Mayer, Dir.). Off-Broadway: Peter and the Starcatcher (NYTW); The Lives of the Saints (Primary Stages); The Threepenny Opera, The New York Idea, and Clean (all Atlantic Theater Company); The School For Lies (CSC), Distracted with Cynthia Nixon (Roundabout); Stop Kiss and Dog Opera (both Public Theatre); Hapgood (Lincoln Center); Christina Alberta's Father (Vineyard Theatre); Othello and Richard III (both NY Shakespeare Festival). Regional: Spamalot (Hollywood Bowl), The Blue Room (Signature Theatre), K2 (Arena Stage), Cymbeline (Hartford Stage); The Glass Menagerie(Huntington Theatre); Arcadia (Milwaukee Repertory Theatre); Tonight at 8:30(Williamstown Theater Festival). International Tour: The Shadow of a Gunman (The O'Casey Theatre Co.). Film: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, The Girl in the Park, The Stepford Wives, Melinda and Melinda. Television: CBS "The Good Wife," ABC "All My Children," NBC "Law And Order: SVU," ABC "Talk To Me," NBC "Law & Order," CBS "The Petrified Forest," CBS "The City." Training/ Education: MFA, New York University, Graduate Acting.
AMY SPANGER (Mrs. Wormwood). Broadway: Original casts of Elf, Rock of Ages, Wedding Singer (Drama Desk nom.), Kiss Me Kate. Other Broadway: Chicago, Urinetown;Sunset Boulevard. Off-Broadway: (originated) Susan in tick, tick... Boom! National Tours:Rent (1st Nat'l.), Chicago. Regional: Gwendolyn in The Importance of Being Earnest(David Hyde Pierce dir./ Williamstown); Robin and the Seven Hoods (Casey Nicholaw dir./ Old Globe). TV: "Royal Pains," "Bored to Death," "Law & Order: SVU," "Six Feet Under," "Michael and Michael...," "Submissions Only," "Ed," "Becker." Film: No Beast So Fierce;Synecdoche, NY; Reefer Madness.
MATILDA THE MUSICAL, produced by The Royal Shakespeare Company and The Dodgers, opened to rapturous reviews on April 11, 2013 at Broadway's Shubert Theatre (225 West 44th Street). Celebrated on 10 "Top Ten" lists of 2013, the production received four Tony Awards and a Tony Honor for Excellence in the Theater for each of the four girls who shared the title role, as well as two Outer Critics Circle Awards, five Drama Desk Awards including Best Musical, and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical.
Matilda The Musical will make its Australian Premiere at Sydney Lyric Theatre on August 20, 2015. The North American Tour commenced in May 2015, with stops in New Haven, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, and Dallas, among others.
The original Broadway cast recording is produced by Broadway Records/Yellow Sound Label. It is available digitally and at the Shubert Theatre and can be ordered at www.BroadwayRecords.com.
Winner of a record-breaking seven Olivier Awards including Best Musical, Matilda the Musical is based on the beloved novel by best-selling authorRoald Dahl (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Fantastic Mr. Fox). Matilda the Musical is the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny.
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.
The production has sets and costumes by Tony Award® winner Rob Howell, with choreography by Peter Darling, orchestrations, additional music and musical supervision by Christopher Nightingale, lighting by Tony Award® winner Hugh Vanstone, and sound by Simon Baker.