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Matilda The Musical wins Best New Musical

Reporter: Matthew Amer, first published Sun 15 Apr 2012 19:45
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The Royal Shakespeare Company’s hit West End transfer Matilda The Musical has won the 2012 Best New Musical Olivier Award.

Dennis Kelly’s adaptation of Roald Dahl’s famous story has won the hearts of the public and critics alike, featuring a talented cast, spectacular choreography and witty songs by Australian musician and comedian Tim Minchin.

Directed by Matthew Warchus, the show tells the story of the young bookish Matilda who, rejected by her hideously cruel parents who care neither for her or her love of educating herself, finds she possesses magical powers when she starts school under the watch of the fearsome Miss Trunchbull.

The musical opened at the RSC’s home in Stratford-upon-Avon before transferring into the West End last November to critical acclaim and will open next spring on Broadway. The production was nominated in 10 categories tonight, the maximum possible for any production to be nominated in.

Speaking at the nominees’ celebration last month, Matilda star Lauren Ward summed up the show’s success, saying: “It’s joyous, it’s exuberant and it’s got a lovely soul about it and I think that’s why it appeals; it’s universal.”

The hotly contended category included competition from Betty Blue Eyes, Ghost The Musical, London Road and Shrek

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