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Matilda the Musical to close on Broadway

Matilda The Musical will close on Broadway in January, 2017.

The production, based on Roald Dahl's children's novel, opened at New York's Shubert Theater in April, 2013 and the curtain will finally come down on 1 January (17) after more than 1,500 performances.

"Everything that is so special about this show has been celebrated by one-and-a-half million audience members.... making its Tony Award-winning run at the Shubert not only a profitable hit but also a critical success," the producers at The Royal Shakespeare Company and the Dodgers said on Thursday (14Apr16).

The musical won four Tony Awards after it opened, plus the Tony Honors for Excellence in Theater for the four young girls - Sophia Gennusa, Oona Laurence, Bailey Ryon, and Milly Shapiro - who originally rotated the role of Matilda.

The production first premiered in London in 2011, where it is still showing. Touring versions of the show are currently in production in the U.S. and Australia.

Broadway will not be without a Roald Dahl show for long - the London production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory will be transferring in Spring, 2017. It closes in London in January (17).

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