Looks like this Miss Trunchbull won't be the hammer-throwing champion of 2014. Craig Bierko will not be resuming his role as Crunchem Hall's evil headmistress in the Broadway production of Matilda. As previously reported, Bierko was forced to take a "12-week disability leave" from the musical in October following an "aggravated shoulder injury," but the actor informed producers that his injuries have made it necessary to withdraw from the show. Understudy Chris Hoch will assume the role of Miss Trunchbull.
"Trunchbull is a physically demanding role; and while I tried to perform, despite my injuries, the speed with which I am healing is not fast enough to resume performances in the near future," said Bierko, in a statement. "I am extremely disappointed that I will be unable to return to Matilda. I’m deeply grateful to the producers, cast and crew for their warmth and support." In the meantime, understudies Chris Hoch and Ben Thompson have been playing the role of Miss Agatha Trunchbull.
Directed by Matthew Warchus, Matilda is the story of an extraordinary girl who dreams of a better life. Armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, Matilda dares to take a stand and change her destiny. Based on the beloved Roald Dahl novel of the same name, the musical features a book by Dennis Kelly and music and lyrics by Tim Minchin.
The cast of Matilda also includes Sophia Gennusa, Oona Laurence, Bailey Ryon and Milly Shapiro in the title role, Jill Paice as Miss Honey, Lesli Margherita as Miss Wormwood, Tony winner Gabriel Ebert as Mr. Wormwood and Karen Aldridge as Mrs. Phelps. Matilda features choreography by Peter Darling, set and costume design by Rob Howell, lighting design by Hugh Vanstone and sound design by Simon Baker.