Tim Minchin’s Matilda the Musical shone the British beacon at last night’s 67th Tony Awards at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall, where it bagged four awards.
The musical won Tonys for Scenic Design (Rob Howell), Lighting Design (Hugh Vanstone), Best Book of a Musical (Dennis Kelly) and Featured Actor for Gabriel Ebert.
Matilda’s success was all the more sweet in a Tonys that otherwise overwhelmingly favoured Stateside productions including The Assembled Parties and Lucky Guy. For the full list of winners, see below.
Matilda the Musical, based on Road Dahl’s much-loved story about a gifted girl in a world of horrible grown-ups who discovers she possesses extraordinary powers, continues enjoying outstanding success on both sides of the Atlantic.
The RSC-originated show opened in London in 2011 and swept the floor at last year’s London Olivier Award ceremony, winning six awards. It’s since made its transfer to the US with no changes from the original UK production and has been as much a triumph there as it’s been on home turf.
Matilda’s Broadway opening was greeted by a full standing ovation and rave reviews. Its Tony triumph only seals its US success.
The other big winner at last night’s Tonys was American hit musical Kinky Boots, which gathered six awards, including the prize in the coveted category Best Musical.
If you’ve yet to find out what all the fuss is about but can’t quite muster the wherewithal for a trip to the States, Matilda the Musical is still casting its spell in London’s West End at the Cambridge Theatre.