PLAYBILL ON OPENING NIGHT: Matilda: Oh, You Beautiful Dahl

April 12, 2013 9:00 PM

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Proof positive that juggernauts come in all sizes was demonstrated April 11 when a five-year-old little miss from England—Matilda, by name—settled into the Shubert for what looks like a leisurely stay, dragging her seven Oliviers (the most any show has won) behind her.

It's a great big grizzly of a part, so much so that it has been drawn and quartered for four girls who each get a night of their own in rotation. Opening-night honors were done by Sophia Gennusa, by virtue of a drawing, but director Matthew Warchus brought out the other three—Oona Laurence, Bailey R...

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