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New Season Spotlight: Matilda The Musical

April 23, 2015
Matilda Sam S. Shubert Theatre

The Broadway cast of Matilda The Musical. Photo by Joan Marcus, 2013.

The 2015-2016 PNC Broadway Lights season is packed with one amazing show after the other. While we’re still several months from the new season officially kicking off, the shows are on sale now with a Season Ticket!

We’re going to spotlight one show at a time on our blog to highlight fun facts and more! Why not start with a show we know fans are thrilled about: Matilda The Musical, coming to Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, Feb. 9-14, 2016.

FUN FACTS about the show!

  • At 4-feet 5-inches tall, Matilda Wormwood is the smallest leading lady on Broadway.
  • The sound effect of the Crunchem Hall School bell played at the start of the production is a recording of the actual hand bell used by RSC front of house staff in Stratford-upon-Avon, where Matilda The Musical debuted in 2010.
  • The production uses 8,320 balloons a year.
  • The blackboard moves 15.5 miles over the course of a year at a top speed of 1.5 mph.
  • There are 3,780 paper airplanes flown into the auditorium each year.
  • The sound effect of the crying baby in the song “Miracle” is a recording of Sound Designer Simon Baker’s youngest son.
  • Miss Honey and Matilda enjoy a cup of real hot tea on stage, complete with milk and a biscuit, at each performance during the song “My House.”
  • The production goes through more than 100 tubs of chocolate frosting each year.
  • Quentin Blake, who is widely known for illustrating Roald Dahl’s books, designed the Crunchem Hall School badge that is on the children’s blazers.
  • Around 28,000 pieces of confetti are used per performance, which equates to almost 12 million pieces a year.

CLICK HERE for more information about the new PNC Broadway Lights season, including dates and Season Ticket details!

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