Casting for Title Role Announced for Broadway’s MATILDA THE MUSICAL

Photo by Charles Sykes / Associated Press

The Royal Shakespeare Company and The Dodgers today announced the casting of the title role in the RSC’s eagerly anticipated Broadway-bound musical MATILDA THE MUSICAL. Each of the four girls will play the role at difference performances:  Sophia Gennusa, Oona Laurence, Bailey Ryon and Milly Shapiro. Each girl will be making her Broadway debut.

MATILDA THE MUSICAL begins performances on March 4 and opens on April 11 2013 at the Shubert Theatre (235 West 44th Street).

The girls sharing the role of Matilda are below (in alphabetical order):

Sophia Gennusa has appeared in the last six productions of The Nutcracker at Purchase College Conservatory of Dance. She started performing at age four and studied ballet for three years.  She recently played Puck at the Young Bard’s summer camp production of Midsummer Night’s Dream.  Sophia is thrilled to be making her Broadway debut in MATILDA THE MUSICAL .

Oona Laurence started acting at age five and has been in graduate films and on stage in both dramatic roles and comedies.   She has been reincarnated in Reinc., turned the tables on a kidnapper in the Utah high desert in Penny Dreadful, learned Romanian for Esther, and appeared with F. Murray Abraham and Ralph Macchio in A Little Game, her first feature.  She is also a jazz, hip-hop, ballet and modern dancer on merit scholarship with the Harkness Dance Center.  MATILDA THE MUSICAL is her Broadway debut.

Bailey Ryon is a member of The Repertory Dance Ensemble, The Black Box Players, and one of the lead vocalists in the rock band, The Blackjacks. Bailey has been seen onstage in The Fulton Opera House’s production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and as Cindy-Lou Who in the 2011 national tour of How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical.  She enjoys playing with her friends, her four siblings and exploring NYC.  MATILDA THE MUSICAL is her Broadway debut.

Milly Shapiro is delighted to bring ‘Matilda’, her favorite Ronald Dahl character, to life in her Broadway debut! As a two-year “Ambassador of Storytelling” and an avid reader, Milly connects with Matilda’s desire to escape her everyday life and enter other adventures through the joy of reading.  Always ready to take on new challenges, Milly loves to participate in many summer and winter sports.   Previous professional roles:  Annie, Young Cossette, Baby June.

The producers of Roald Dahl’s MATILDA THE MUSICAL previously announced that Olivier Award-winner Bertie Carvel will reprise the role of Miss Trunchbull for Broadway.

Bertie Carvel is appearing with the permission of Actors’ Equity Association.

Additional casting will be announced in the future.

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