Four new young girls have been announced to share the title role in Matilda. Paige Brady, Gabriella Pizzolo, Ripley Sobo and Ava Ulloa will alternate in the role of the precocious youngster. The pint-sized stars take over the role from original stars Sophia Gennusa, Oona Laurence, Bailey Ryon and Milly Shaprio, who received Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre for their alternating performances as Matilda Wormwood. Brady, Pizzolo, Sobo and Ulloa will begin performances in the hit musical over the next few weeks.
Brady, Pizzolo and Ulloa will each be making her Broadway debut in Matilda. Sobo previously appeared in the Tony Award-winning musical Once. Directed by Tony winner 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 Tony winner Dennis Kelly and music and lyrics by Tony nominee Tim Minchin.
The cast of Matilda also includes Chris Hoch as Miss Trunchbull, Jill Paice as Miss Honey, Looks Not Books video blogger Lesli Margherita as Mrs. 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. Matilda continues its run at the Shubert Theatre, where it opened on April 11.