Monday, April 22, 2019

OPENING: The Regional Premiere of Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical at Drury Lane April 26 – June 23, 2019

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Drury Lane Theatre announces casting for
the Regional Premiere of
Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical
Book by Dennis Kelly
Music and Lyrics by Tim Minchin
Orchestrations and Additional Music by Chris Nightingale
Directed and Choreographed by Mitch Sebastian 

Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical is rated PG.

April 26 – June 23, 2019

I'll be out for the press opening May 2nd, so check back soon for my full review. Roald Dahl's book, Matilda was top family favorite of ours for years, and I caught the Broadway touring production as well. I can't wait to see Drury Lane's take on this magical masterpiece of empowerment.  

Natalie Galla 
Photo Credit: Brett Beiner

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 Nightingale, Roald 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.

Natalie Galla Photo Credit: Brett Beiner

Audrey Edwards Photo Credit: Brett Beiner

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 Buescher, Saige Chaseley, Andrea Crisp, Anna Fox, Carter Graf, Nolan Maddox, Patrick Scott McDermott, Bailey Mosbacher, Lilliana Rene Renteria, Ava Tommasone, and Joshua Zingerman. The adult ensemble includes Alex Benoit, Lydia Burke, Andrea Collier, Lexis Danca, Evan C. Dolan, Annie Jo Ermel, Austin Ryan Hunt, Paul-Jordan Jansen, Andrew MacNaughton, Liam 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. 

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 Ragtime, A Christmas Carol, American Idiot, Memphis, and Avenue Q.

SEAN FORTUNATO (Miss Trunchbull) returns to Drury Lane where he played Detective Cioffi in Curtains. Other credits include Malvolio in Twelfth Night, Death of a Streetcar Named Virginia Woolf, The Diary of Anne Frank, Hedda Gabler, Henry in The Real Thing, Aunt Augusta in Travels with my Aunt (Writers Theatre); Joseph in Book of Joseph, King Charles III (Chicago Shakespeare Theater); 2666, Measure 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 PD, Chicago Med (NBC) and The Merry Gentleman directed 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 Spamalot, Hairspray, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, and The Boys from Syracuse. Regional credits include: My Fair Lady (Lyric Opera of Chicago); Ride the Cyclone, Seussical, and Short Shakespeare! The Taming of the Shrew (Chicago Shakespeare); Bunny Bunny and Avenue Q (Mercury); Singin’ in the Rain, High School Musical, Pinocchio, and Cinderella (Marriott Lincolnshire); Peter and the Starcatcher and The Full Monty (Peninsula Players); The Producers (McLeod Summer Playhouse); Matilda, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Big, and Seussical (First Stage Milwaukee); Knute Rockne: All American, La 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 Interest, Up All Night, The Union, You Must Be Joking, The Audition, All My Children, Guiding 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.

Previews: April 26 – May 1, 2019
Regular run: May 3 – June 23, 2019
Press Opening: Thursday, May 2 at 8:00 pm

Schedule:Wednesdays: 1:30 p.m.
Thursdays: 1:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Fridays: 8:00 p.m.
Saturdays: 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Sundays: 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

Drury Lane Theatre at 100 Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace 

Previews: $50 – $65
Single Tickets: $55 – $70

Wednesday and Thursday matinees: $55; Thursday and Sunday evenings: $65; Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday matinees: $70

Senior Citizens start at $50 for matinees; Student group tickets available; Dinner and show packages available  

Box Office:    100 Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace; 630.530.0111, Ticketmaster at 800.745.3000; or visit

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

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

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.  

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