As Tim Minchin prepares for the upcoming Broadway launch of his musical Matilda, the composer and lyricist will make his U.S. cabaret debut at 54 Below for a one-night-only concert on March 2. Minchin's solo show will highlight the Australian comedian's piano-playing skills, signature dance moves and unique brand of comedy.
Despite penning the family-friendly musical, Minchin is best known for his raunchy comedy work and broke through in 2005 by winning Best Newcomer at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Minchin plays rock star Atticus Fetch on the Showtime series Californication. He recently toured in the U.K. arena production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Jesus Christ Superstar and is set to appear in the Sydney Theatre Company production of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead later this year.
Adapted from Roald Dahl's classic novel, Matilda is the story of an extraordinary little girl who decides that, despite a bad upbringing filled with rotten parents, a terrifying school and a vicious head mistress, her story is going to be an astonishing one. Starring original London cast member Bertie Carvel, Lauren Ward and four young actresses (Sophia Gennusa, Oona Laurence, Bailey Ryon and Milly Shapiro) sharing the title role, the musical begins its run on March 4 at the Shubert Theatre. Opening night is set for April 11.
To get a taste of what Minchin does best, check out his (not-so-appropriate for children) performance of "Inflatable You" at the Royal Albert Hall below!