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Thursday, July 7, 2016

Matilda the Musical performances have begun at Toronto's Ed Mirvish Theatre

When I Grow Up (Joan Marcus photo)

(News Release)

TORONTO -- Starring a cast of acclaimed Canadian musical theatre performers in principal roles and three exciting young talents sharing the title role, MATILDA THE MUSICAL is produced by The Royal Shakespeare Company and The Dodgers presented in Toronto by David Mirvish as part of his 2015-16 Main Subscription Season.

Performances begn on Tuesday July 5 at the Ed Mirvish Theatre.Tickets are now available for performances until October 16, 2016.


Winner of over 50 international awards including four Tony Awards®, a Tony Honor for Excellence in the Theatre for each of the four girls sharing the title role, and a record-breaking seven Olivier Awards, including Best MusicalMATILDA THE MUSICAL is based on the beloved novel by best-selling author Roald Dahl (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Fantastic Mr. Fox). It 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. 

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.

MATILDA THE MUSICAL premiered at the Royal Shakespeare Company’s The Courtyard Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon in November 2010, before transferring to London’s West End in October 2011 where it is now in its fifth year. The New York production, produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company and The Dodgers, opened in March 2013 at Broadway’s Shubert Theatre. In 2015 the London and Broadway productions were joined by the North American and Australian tours. The production has now been seen by more than five million people worldwide.


Hannah Levinson, Jaime MacLean and Jenna Weir will share the role of ‘Matilda.’ Toronto-native Hannah, who is 9 years old, has already had some stage experience, recently playing ‘Lee Bouvier’ in theActing Up Stage Company production of the Tony Award-winning musical Grey Gardens in Toronto. Jaime, 10, is from Vancouver and has already had parts on television and has played ’Young Cosette’ in theArts Club Theatre production of Les Miserables. Jenna, 10, also from Toronto, will be making her professional stage debut, but she has already had professional work on television.

Paula Brancati, who will star as ‘Miss Honey,' is a two-time Gemini Award nominee for Degrassi: The Next Generation and Dark Oracle. On stage she played the title role in Ross Petty’s production ofCinderella at the Elgin Theatre.

Dan Chameroy will star as ‘Miss Trunchbull.’ He won the Dora Award for Best Actor for his performance as ‘Gaston’ in the Canadian premiere of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at the Princess of Wales Theatre. He has also starred in Les Miserables, The Drowsy Chaperone, among many othemusicals. He has been a member of both the Stratford and Shaw festivals and has starred in almost a dozen Ross Petty musicalproductions.

Keisha T. Fraser, who will star as 'Mrs. Phelps,’ has performed across Canada (including at the Stratford Festival), on Broadway (in Mamma Mia!) and London’s West End (The Book of Mormon and The Color Purple). A graduate of Toronto’s Randolph School of the Arts, we welcome her back home for this production.

Brandon McGibbon will star as ‘Mr. Wormwood.’ He recently shared the Dora Award for Best Ensemble for the Canadian production of Once at the Ed Mirvish Theatre, in which he stuttered as ‘Svec.’ Also atthe Ed Mirvish, he starred as ‘Carmen Ghia’ in the Canadian premiere of The Producers. He has performed on major stages across and been a member of the Soulpepper Theatre Company. He is a graduate of Ryerson Theatre School at Ryerson University.

Darcy Stewart will star as ‘Mrs. Wormwood.’ A recent graduate of Toronto’s Randolph School of the Arts, she has starred in The Heart of Robin Hood at the Royal Alexandra Theatre.

The adult ensemble of MATILDA THE MUSICAL will feature Darren Burkett, Jacqueline Burtney, Eric Craig, Stephen Diaz, Heidi Friese, Camden Gonzales, Michael D. Jablonski, Anthony MacPherson, Gray Monczka, Justin Packard, Laurin Padolina, Kim Sava, Brandon Stonestreet, Natalie Wisdom and Darius Wright. 

The children ensemble of MATILDA THE MUSICAL will feature Aiden Bushey, Will Coombs, Drew Davis, Aiden Glenn, Kendyl Ito, Abigail Nicholson, Riley O’Donnell, Tanner Quirk, Molly Richardson and Isabella Stuebing.
THE RSC (Producer)
The Royal Shakespeare Company creates theatre at its best, made in Stratford-upon-Avon and shared around the world. We produce an inspirational artistic programme each year, setting Shakespeare in context, alongside the work of his contemporaries and today’s writers.
Everyone at the RSC - from actors to armourers, musicians to technicians - plays a part in creating the world you see on stage. All our productions begin life at our Stratford workshops and theatres and we bring them to the widest possible audience through our touring, residencies, live broadcasts and online activity. So wherever you experience the RSC, you experience work made in Shakespeare’s home town. We have trained generations of the very best theatre makers and we continue to nurture the talent of the future. We encourage everyone to enjoy a lifelong relationship with Shakespeare and livetheatre. We reach 530,000 children and young people annually through our education work, transforming their experiences in the classroom, in performance and online. Registered charity no. 212481 www.rsc.org.uk.

THE DODGERS (Producer)
Dodger Properties is a New York producing partnership hatched in 1978 by six friends. The Dodgers are responsible for 175 productions in North America, London, Europe and Australasia, which have been blessed by a host of awards from Broadway’s Tonys (56), London’s Oliviers, Australia’s Helpmanns and the like. 
Current Broadway: Jersey Boys, Matilda. Other Broadway: 42nd Street, Urinetown, The Farnsworth Invention, Jesus Christ Superstar, Into the Woods (’87 original and ’02), The Music Man, Titanic, Wrong Mountain, Dracula, Footloose, Mandy Patinkin, High Society, 1776, …Forum, The King and I, The Who’s Tommy, Ralph Fiennes’ Hamlet, Guys and Dolls, Once Upon A Mattress, How to Succeed…, Jelly’s Last Jam, The Secret Garden, Prelude to a Kiss, The Gospel at Colonus, Big River, Pump Boys and Dinettes. In addition to Matilda and Jersey Boys on Broadway, the Dodgers are producers of current Jersey Boys productions in London’s West End, Las Vegas, and touring productions in North America and the United Kingdom. Their offices are in Times Square and London’s Covent Garden. Their president is Michael David.

The RSC Literary Department is generously supported by THE DRUE HEINZ TRUST.


Ed Mirvish Theatre, 244 Victoria St., Toronto
Performances July 5 - October 16, 2016

Performance Schedule: Tue - Sat 7:30PM; matinees Wed, Sat & Sun 1:30PM
 No performances Sept 6 - 11, 2016

Tickets $38 to $139
By Phone 416-872-1212 or 1-800-461-3333
Groups of 10 or more 416-593-4142 or 1-800-724-6420

Twitter: @Mirvish
Instagram: @MirvishProductions

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