MatildaThrilled to make Broadway debut, following in her sister’s footsteps as a Maggot! Regional: Gypsy (Baby June) & numerous musicals at Media Theatre. Gratitude & LOVE to Nancy Carson, Janine Molinari, Ellyn Marsh, Julia Mendelsohn, Donna Ranalli, BBDA, Media Theatre, Lisa Willson, Friends, Pumpkin Hill, Family, Movey, Daddy, Daniel & Beada! Tri-Tildas!
MatildaWILLOW McCARTHY is so excited to be making her professional debut in Matilda. She would like to thank Dearbhla, Mommy, Daddy, Granny, Grandad, Rowan, Sam, Grandma, Adriana, Andrea, Bobby, Jeanine, Alyssa, my excellent neighbors, Charlie, Courtney, Alex, Dan, Teddy, and, the Tri-Tildas! Thank you for this honor.
MatildaAviva is incredibly happy & grateful to be making her Broadway debut! National tours: Sound of Music (Swing), How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Cindy Lou). Film: Wildling. Lifelong bibliophile & Dahl fan. Special thanks to Nancy, Kim, Janine, Amelia, Gulia, Badiene, Alex, amazing teachers/mentors. Love to family/friends, Mom, Dad & Jacob! Tri-tildas!
Miss HoneyJennifer Blood is just back from playing Miss Honey on tour and couldn’t be more thrilled to be here! Broadway: Violet, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder. Off-Broadway: A Little Journey (Mint), Unlocked (Prospect), The Flood (Prospect), Yeast Nation (FringeNYC). Regional: Sound of Music (Drury Lane-Jeff Nomination), Man of La Mancha (Sacramento), Steel Magnolias (Casa Mañana), Light in the Piazza (Maine State). So much gratitude to everyone she has gotten to work with telling this story, to her family and to Will. www.jennifer-blood.com.
Mrs. WormwoodLesli Margherita is thrilled to return to the role she originated on Broadway. Most recently she starred as Mona Kent in the Broadway premiere of Dames at Sea. She won the Laurence Olivier Award for her performance in Zorro the Musical in London’s West End. Fancy. Go to leslimargherita.com to see her other fancy jobs, like starring opposite Taye Diggs & Topher Grace in the upcoming feature Opening Night. She wrote a book, Neckpunch and Carry On (available on iTunes) and her cabaret shows continue to be performed across the country. See? Fancy. Thanks Dan, Mom, family, team. For Pa. @queenlesli
Miss TrunchbullBryce Ryness originated the role of the terrifying headmistress on Matilda’s 1st National tour. Broadway: HAIR (Drama Desk nom), First Date, Leap of Faith, Legally Blonde. Off-Broadway: Long Story Short, Fly By Night, See Rock City…, Around the World in 80 Days, Crossing Brooklyn. Regional: Sleeping Beauty Wakes, Floyd Collins, Cabaret, and the national tour of RENT. iTunes: RYNESS. Film: Tangled, Sacrifice. TV: “Law & Order: SVU,” “Peter Pan Live!,” “It Could Be Worse,” “Submissions Only,” “Political Animals,” “Just For Kicks,” “Late Show,” “Tonight Show.” Bryce hosts the upcoming podcast ‘The Hook,’ an unconventional examination of life in the performing arts.
Mr. WormwoodBroadway: Peter and the Starcatcher, Matilda the Musical (as Sergei in the original Broadway cast). National Tours: 1st national of Peter and the Starcatcher (Black Stache), Mamma Mia! (Sam). Off-Broadway: Cloud Nine (Atlantic Theater). Chicago theatre: Writers’ Theatre, Goodman, Chicago Shakespeare, Steppenwolf, Drury Lane Oakbrook, The Hypocrites, Defiant, former Artistic Associate at Chicago Dramatists, Ensemble Emeritus at Stage Left Theatre, two Jeff Award Nominations and an After Dark Award. TV: “Iron Fist,” “Billions,” “Elementary,” “The Following,” “Last Man Standing.” Film: No God No Master, Alleged, The Waiters. Video games: Minecraft, Batman. www.johnsandersonline.com
Karen returns to the role she originated on Broadway. She plays Adele Kipling in Baz Luhrmann’s original Netflix series The Get Down. Karen also has a recurring role as Dr. Kendra on NBC’s Chicago Fire and Chicago Med. Other tv and film credits include the Golden Globe-winning series Boss (STARZ!), Blue Bloods (CBS), Unforgettable (CBS), and Ron Howard’s The Dilemma. She played the role of Matilda in the international tour of Le Costume directed by Peter Brook. Karen has starred in productions at Chicago’s most prestigious theatres, such as the Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre and Chicago Shakespeare Theatre.
The Acrobat, u/s Mrs. Phelps, Miss HoneyJennifer was most recently seen as Irma in Irma La Douce at City Center Encores. Broadway: American Idiot. National Tours: American Idiot, The Drowsy Chaperone, Wonderful Town. Regional: Minsky’s. Television: “Boardwalk Empire” (3 seasons), “Saturday Night Live” (backup dancer for Kanye West). For Aurora, Brooks, and my parents.
Swing, Assistant Dance CaptainScott Difford is ecstatic to be joining Matilda! Broadway: A Christmas Carol. Tours: Memphis (1st national), Ragtime. Regional: Miss Saigon, Oklahoma!, White Christmas, Cats (PCLO); Joseph…Dreamcoat (Ogunquit Playhouse and Theater of the Stars); The Producers (Riverside Theatre); NY Knicks Acroback Tumbler. Thanks to The Krasny Office, friends, and family!
Party EntertainerBroadway: She Loves Me (Busboy), Newsies (OBC/ Dance Captain. NY: Radio City New York Spring Spectacular (Assistant Choreographer), Steps in Time w/ Tommy Tune (Town Hall), Elf (Papermill). National Tours: Matilda (1st National), Beauty and the Beast (Lefou), Cats. BFA: FSU. Thanks to my family, Professional Artists, and the amazing AB’s.
Ensemble, u/s Mrs. WormwoodWesley is elated to be making her Broadway debut in Matilda! National Tour: Matilda (Original Cast/Acrobat). Vegas: Rock of Ages. TV: “Saturday Night Live,” “Glee.” CSULB Grad. Love and thanks to mom, dad, friends, family, and CESD. A recent newlywed! For my hubby, Matt. www.WesleyFaucher.com
Swing, u/s Miss Honey, Dance CaptainTraining: Knightswood, Laine Theatre Arts. Theatre: Matilda Tour, Mamma Mia Vegas. West End: Finding Neverland, Shrek, Jersey Boys, Candide, Dirty Dancing, On The Town, Guys & Dolls, Starlight Express, Fame, Saturday Night Fever. Film & TV: Ted 2, Cinderella, “Kennedy Center Honors,” “Tony Awards.” Thanks: Friends, Marianne Wells, Hybrid Agency & Rob Ashford. For my Family.
SwingBroadway debut! National tour: High School Musical. Vegas: Mamma Mia! Regional: Barrington Stage Company, Virginia Stage Company, Ogunquit Playhouse, Arvada Center, Casa Mañana, MT Wichita. Thanks to Meg Pantera, Michael Pesce and all my dear friends and family. Mom and Dad: YOU’RE a miracle. Love and NYC!
Ensemble, u/s Mrs. Wormwood / Mrs. PhelpsBroadway debut! National tour: Billy Elliot. Regional: Hairspray (Walnut Street Theatre), A Street Car Named Desire (Arizona Theatre Company), High School Musical (Merry-Go-Round Playhouse), Jesus Christ Superstar (Mary Magdalene), Tommy (Acid Queen). Thanks to Jeff and Troy, her lifelong mentors. Love to Mom, Dad, Collin and Russell.
SwingBroadway debut! Amanda is grateful to join this incredible Matilda family. National Tour: Cats. Regional: Barrington Stage, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Merry Go Round Playhouse, Theatre by the Sea. Thank you to my friends and family for their endless support! For my Mom. www.amandalamotte.com
Michael WormwoodBroadway: Doctor Zhivago, Wicked, West Side Story, White Christmas, Guys and Dolls, Grease, Big. NY: Lincoln Center, Second Stage, The York, Encores. Regional: Hedwig, Seymour, Zangara, Frump, Neurosis. He is the founder of The Study in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, where he hosts open forums and performs his solo piece. M.D.B.
The Escape Artist, u/s Miss Trunchbull, Mr. WormwoodBroadway: Rock of Ages, Les Miserables. 1st National Tour: Urinetown, Little Women. Regional: Jekyll & Hyde (Dr. Jekyll), The Happy Time (Jacques), Phantom (The Phantom). TV: “Blue Bloods,” CBS. Yankee Stadium Soloist “God Bless America” ALCS and Opening Day. Thanks to The Roster and Marisa.
Doctor/Sergei, u/s Miss Trunchbull, Mr. WormwoodBroadway: Rock of Ages, Phantom of the Opera. National Tour: Wicked, Phantom. Regional: Goodman Theatre, Arena Stage, Shakespeare Theatre (DC), Ford’s Theatre, Lookinglass, Signature Theatre (DC), Huntington, Court Theatre, BCP, KC Rep, Goodspeed. Geoff has received Joseph Jefferson and Helen Hayes Awards. For his parents: the best teachers in the world. www.geoffpackard.com
SwingCelia Mei Rubin made her Broadway debut in the original company of Matilda, The Musical and is thrilled to be back. London’s West End: Parade (Donmar Warehouse), Joseph…Dreamcoat (New London Theatre), Candide (London Coliseum). Regional: Waterfall (Pasadena Playhouse/5th Avenue Theatre), Dirty Dancing (Flat Rock Playhouse), West Side Story (UK Tour), Guys and Dolls (UK Tour), Miss Saigon (UK Tour), Saturday Night Fever (Royal Caribbean). Recordings: “Matilda” (OBC), “Parade” (OLC). Thank you: The Hybrid Agency. Love to: Mom, Dad, Joyce. www.celiameirubin.com
EnsembleBroadway: Side Show; Evita; How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying; Billy Elliot (Older Billy u/s); West Side Story. NY: NY Pops (Carnegie Hall); Guys & Dolls (Carnegie Hall). Film/TV: 2015 Academy Awards; Ted 2; Kennedy Center Honors. Training: American Ballet Theatre; The Juilliard School. Love to mum & nanna. Twitter/Instagram: @double_windsor
RudolphoPhillip played Dennis on season 1 of the NBC series “Smash”. He has appeared on Broadway in West Side Story, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown and Wicked. Other credits include “Gossip Girl,” “Royal Pains” and as Fender in the musical feature film Hairspray. For JPR. @PhillipSpaeth
EnsembleBroadway: Matilda, Wicked. Tours: 9 to 5,High School Musical, West Side Story. Regional: Carousel (Enoch Jr) Goodspeed, HSM2, A Chorus Line. Thanks to my agents at Hartig Hilepo. Love to friends and family. Follow me on Instagram @Twald1 and Twitter @Twaldsch.
SwingBroadway Debut! National Tour: A Christmas Story (Randy). Regional: Old Globe’s The Grinch (Brother Boo), Moonlight Amphitheatre & SDMT. Enormous thanks to Barry Kolker, Sabina Kalfa, NB, and all of my friends & teachers! Love to my grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, mom, dad & sweet sister.
SwingGREGORY DIAZ IV (Swing) is excited to be making his Broadway debut in Matilda! Off-Broadway: You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Schroeder). Regional: Hairspray Jr. (Link Larkin). Love to my Mom, Dad, Lori, Chase, and the rest of my family/friends. Many thanks to David Doan/CESD, Tristian Luysterburg, OnBroadway PATP and Bonnie Shumofsky/Abrams.
AliceAKIRA GOLZ (Alice) is over the moon to be making her Broadway debut! Regional: Hairspray, Les Miserables, Oliver. Love to God, family, friends, teachers & Beary! for never letting her give up on her dreams. Thanks to Shirley Grant Management, Amelia DeMayo, Gulnara Mitzanova, David Hibbard, Arielle @ DM, Sarah Combs & John Fanelli.
BruceEvan is honored to be making his Broadway debut in Matilda! National Tours: Matilda (Original Cast/Bruce), A Christmas Story (Ralphie/Ensemble). Special thanks to his mom, dad, family, friends and David Doan/CESD Talent for their encouragement and support on this amazing journey! Romans 1:16
TommyMeliki is beyond the moon for his Broadway debut. Tour: Matilda. Thanks to the small village: God, family, Lisa Calli, Generation TV, BFA, and PPAS. Meliki believes if you have a vision and fully commit, that is the moment when anything becomes possible. Inspire others. Visit me at www.melikihurd.com.
SwingTREY MIDDLETON is thrilled to make his Broadway debut! Most recently: Swing, Matilda First National Tour and appreciates his Matilda family. Thank you to all of my friends and family for the endless encouragement, support and love.
AmandaBROOKLYN NELSON (Amanda) is thrilled to be making her Broadway and professional debut! Numerous community credits in hometown of Huntington, WV. Special thanks to Mandy Bohm, Mark Smith, Marlo Preston/Elite and mentors in her theater family that encouraged her. Love and gratitude to God and Mom, Dad & Lacey. Dreams do come true!
LavenderSERENA QUADRATO is making her Broadway debut after appearing in the original company of the first National Tour of Matilda. She has previously danced with the Brooklyn Nets and with Mariah Carey at the Rockefeller Tree Lighting. She would like to thank Thomas and Star Struck. Love to mom, dad Jamie and her family.
HortensiaTALIA RYDER (Hortensia) is ecstatic for her Broadway debut with this amazing company, and her sister, to share this courageous story. Gratitude to Angel Mammoliti, Joe Lanteri/ NYCDA, Ben Cameron, Mike Hooker, Nicolette Hart, Maris Battaglia/ AAB, Rebecca Guile, Lenny Castilone/ DDD and Karen Palmerton who helped in her journey. Love and thanks to God, Tre, MiMi and Mommy.
EricIAN SARACENI (Eric) is honored to join the cast of Matilda! Broadway: The King and I. Regional: Merrily We Roll Along (Frank Jr.). Various commercials/voiceovers. Grateful to Jen Rudin, Philip Pelkington, Badiene Magaziner, Bob Marks, Dance Molinari, BDC-CTP, MZM and Abrams. Love to Mom, Dad, Ava, family, teachers and friends.
SwingMADISON SMITH (Swing) is thrilled to be making her Broadway debut! 1st National Tour: Matilda. NY: Julie Taymor’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at TFANA. Thank you to The King Centre, Julia, and all of my friends and family for their love and support! Love to Mom, Dad, Sydney and family. #Livelifetothefullest
NigelGavin is honored and excited to be making his Broadway debut. Regional: Les Miserables (North Shore Music Theatre), A Christmas Story (Paper Mill Playhouse). Thankful for the love and support of: David Doan, Mallory Tucker, Sarah Bailes, Doug Jabara, Dance Molinari, teachers, friends, family, Mom, Dad, and Jared.
SwingKathryn is grateful for her Broadway debut! Credits: Peter Pan, Annie, and regional dance awards. Thanks to God for His blessings, Mom, Dad, Jake, Emily, Grandparents, family and friends. Gratitude to Fran Meath, Judy Abbatiello, and dance instructors for believing in her. Thanks to Jack Ceccolini and teachers for guidance and support.