Drury Lane Announces Casting for Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical

Wonder and amazement abound! Drury Lane Theatre announces casting for its Regional Premiere of Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical, featuring Chicago resident Audrey Edwards and Warrenville native Natalie Galla sharing the title role. With book by Dennis Kelly, music and lyrics by Tim Minchin, and orchestrations and additional music by Chris NightingaleRoald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical is directed and choreographed by Mitch Sebastian and runs April 26 – June 23, 2019, at Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace. 

Based on the beloved novel, Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical tells the tale of a precocious 5-year-old girl with exceptional  talents. Facing a family that does not appreciate her and a headmistress who does not appreciate any child, bookworm Matilda befriends her teacher, Miss Honey, who recognizes and appreciates Matilda’s extraordinary personality. The school’s headmistress, Miss Trunchbull believes children should be seen and not heard, and  views Matilda as a rule breaker – and Trunchbull just loves thinking up new punishments for those who break the rules. Armed with her powers and wise beyond her years, Matilda is more than ready to end Trunchbull’s reign of terror. Tied for the most Olivier Awards in history, including Best New Musical, Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical won five Tony Awards, including Best Book of a Musical.

The cast of Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical includes Audrey Edwards and Natalie Galla in the title role of “Matilda” as well as Eben K. Logan (Miss Honey), Sean Fortunato (Miss Trunchbull),  Jackson Evans (Mr. Wormwood), Stephanie Gibson (Mrs. Wormwood), and Linda Bright Clay (Mrs. Phelps). The ensemble of children includes Nathaniel BuescherSaige ChaseleyAndrea CrispAnna FoxCarter Graf, Nolan Maddox, Patrick Scott McDermottBailey Mosbacher,Lilliana Rene RenteriaAva Tommasone, and Joshua Zingerman. The adult ensemble includesAlex BenoitLydia BurkeAndrea CollierLexis DancaEvan C. DolanAnnie Jo ErmelAustin Ryan HuntPaul-Jordan JansenAndrew MacNaughtonLiam Quealy, and Casey Sanders.

The creative team includes Roberta Duchak (Music Director), Jeffrey D. Kmiec (Scenic Designer), Theresa Ham (Costume Designer), Driscoll Otto (Lighting and Projections Designer), Ray Nardelli (Sound Designer), Miguel Armstrong (Wig Designer), and Kate DeVore (Dialect Coach). Larry Baker is the Production Stage Manager. 

Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical is rated PG.

About the Artists

AUDREY EDWARDS (Matilda) is making her Drury Lane debut. Previous theater credits include The Wizard of Oz (Paramount Theatre), The Audience (TimeLine Theatre), The Year I Didn’t Go to School(Chicago Children’s Theatre), Best Christmas Pageant Ever (Provision Theater), Seussical (Beverly Theatre Guild), and Mary Poppins (The Drama Group), and she has various commercial and film credits. Audrey is a sixth grader from Chicago and represented by Paonessa Talent.

NATALIE GALLA (Matilda) is making her Drury Lane debut as Matilda. Natalie hails from Warrenville, Illinois, and is in fifth grade at St. Michael School. Her acting coach is Stacey Flaster, and she takes music lessons with Julie Petrando. She is a competitive dancer and avid tumbler.

EBEN K. LOGAN (Miss Honey) is making her Drury debut. Originally from Maryland, Eben was last seen in The Producers at Paramount Theatre and Sweet Charity at Marriott. Past shows include RagtimeA Christmas CarolAmerican IdiotMemphis, and Avenue Q.

SEAN FORTUNATO (Miss Trunchbull) returns to Drury Lane where he played Detective Cioffi in Curtains. Other credits include Malvolio in Twelfth NightDeath of a Streetcar Named Virginia WoolfThe Diary of Anne FrankHedda Gabler, Henry in The Real Thing, Aunt Augusta in Travels with my Aunt (Writers Theatre); Joseph in Book of JosephKing Charles III (Chicago Shakespeare Theater); 2666Measure for Measure (Goodman Theatre); Emcee in Cabaret (Theatre at the Center); and work at Court Theatre, Northlight Theatre, Timeline Theatre, Marriott Theatre, Remy Bumppo Theatre, About Face Theatre, Old Globe Theatre, CA, Intiman Theatre, WA, The Duke on 42nd, NY, and thirteen seasons with Peninsula Players, WI, where he played George in Sunday in the Park with George. TV/Film credits include: Chicago PDChicago Med (NBC) and The Merry Gentlemandirected by Michael Keaton. Sean has received six Joseph Jefferson nominations and an After Dark Award.

JACKSON EVANS (Mr. Wormwood) is back with Drury Lane after having appeared in SpamalotHairspray, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, and The Boys from Syracuse. Regional credits include: My Fair Lady (Lyric Opera of Chicago); Ride the CycloneSeussical, and Short Shakespeare! The Taming of the Shrew (Chicago Shakespeare); Bunny Bunny and Avenue Q (Mercury); Singin’ in the RainHigh School MusicalPinocchio, and Cinderella (Marriott Lincolnshire); Peter and the Starcatcher and The Full Monty (Peninsula Players); The Producers (McLeod Summer Playhouse); MatildaChitty Chitty Bang Bang, Big, and Seussical (First Stage Milwaukee); Knute Rockne: All AmericanLa Cage Aux Folles, and Crazy For You (Theatre at the Center); and touring the country with The Realish Housewives with Second City.  Television credits include: Chicago PD and Sirens. He is a graduate of Northwestern University and Equity member.

STEPHANIE GIBSON (Mrs. Wormwood) appeared on Broadway in Cinderella (Gabrielle), Charlie & the Chocolate Factory (Cherry Sunday), Addams Family, and Spamalot. National Tour credits include: A Chorus Line (Judy), Happy Days (Lori Beth). TV/Film: Happy! (Pixley), Person of InterestUp All NightThe UnionYou Must Be JokingThe AuditionAll My ChildrenGuiding Light. Other New York/Regional credits include: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Maggie – Baltimore Center Stage, dir: Judith Ivey), Anyone Can Whistle (City Center Encores!), Into the Woods (Bakers Wife – TUTS), Cabaret(Sally Bowles – Cape Playhouse), Young Frankenstein (Inga – MUNY), Glitter Goblets & Gato” & Glitter Goblets & Gatos Too (Original One Woman Shows at Feinstein’s/54 Below), Show Boat World-Premiere Concert Adaptation. (Ellie – Bucks County Playhouse), Empire (Frankie Peterson – La Mirada), and Rocky Horror Picture Show (Janet – BCP). Web credits include Dates, Mates & Clean Slates

LINDA BRIGHT CLAY (Mrs. Phelps) has appeared in To Catch a Fish (TimeLine Theatre); Breach, A Wonder in My Soul, The House That Will Not Stand (Victory Gardens Theater); The Project(s) (BTAA & Jeff Award, American Theatre Co.); For My Brothers… (Writers Theatre); Having Our Say, Permanent Collection (Madison Rep); Home (BTAA Best Actress, Chicago Theatre Co.); Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (Goodman Theatre); The Gold Shop, and Crossing Against the Red Light (People’s Choice Award, Chicago Cultural Center). Film credits include: Seven Psychopaths, Halfway, Nothing Like Thanksgiving. TV: Chicago Med, Empire, and Missing Persons. Commercials include: Colonial Penn, US Bank, ComEd, and Ace Hardware.

2019/2020 Season and Subscription Information 

The 2019/2020 season will include two award-winning Regional Theatre premieres – the imaginative Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical (April 26 – June 23, 2019), based on the beloved novel, and the beautifully captivating Gershwin musical An American in Paris (January 31 – March 29, 2020). The thrilling season also includes Agatha Christie’s edge-of-your-seat murder mystery And Then There Were None (July 12 – September 1, 2019); the revival of the exhilarating The Color Purple (September 13 – November 3, 2019), based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel; and the magical musical for all ages Mary Poppins (November 15 – January 19, 2020).

Subscriptions for the 2019/2020 Season are priced from $172 to $203.50 and are currently on sale. Subscribers receive special offers on dining, flexible ticket exchanges, and early notification and priority seating for added events and concerts. For more information, visit DruryLaneTheatre.com

The performance schedule for all productions during the 2019/2020 season is as follows: Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m., Thursdays at 1:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Student group tickets start as low as $35 and Senior Citizens start at $45 for matinees. Dinner and show packages are also available. For individual ticket on-sale dates and ticket reservations, call the Drury Lane Theatre box office at 630.530.0111 or TicketMaster at 800.745.3000 or visit DruryLaneTheatre.com. 

About Drury Lane Theatre   

Under the leadership of President Kyle DeSantis and Artistic Director William Osetek, Drury Lane Theatre is a major force in the Chicagoland theatre scene, presenting world-class productions in collaboration with some of the nation’s leading actors, artists, writers, and directors. Drury Lane has staged more than 2,000 productions and has been nominated for more than 360 Joseph Jefferson Awards. Drury Lane is committed to breathing new life into beloved classics and introducing audiences to exciting new works.  

Throughout its 50-year history, Drury Lane has employed more than 7,500 actors and 10,000 musicians, designers, and crew members to entertain upwards of nine million audience members. Originally founded by Anthony DeSantis, Drury Lane Theatre moved to its current Oakbrook Terrace home more than 30 years ago and remains a family-run organization known for producing breathtaking Broadway classics, top-rated musicals, bold new works, hilarious comedies, and unforgettable concert events.