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Surprise! 'Matilda the Musical' stars love 'Frozen' (and Syfy's 'Face Off'?) -- VIDEO

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What happens when you get the four girls who share the titular role in Broadway’s Matilda the Musical together for an interview? You find out which one of them is allowed to watch Grimm (Ava Ulloa), who’s keeping your love of Saved by the Bell and Full House alive (Ripley Sobo), and who can tell you all about Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge and Face Off (Paige Brady and Gabriella Pizzolo).

You also learn that they joke about jazz hands and that there are still kids you’d like to hear sing songs from Frozen.

Watch them take the EW Pop Culture Personality Test below. READ FULL STORY

'Matilda': Watch a song clip from 'Naughty' -- EXCLUSIVE

Like any good book, there must be a conclusion, so here’s the final entry in our video series going behind the cast recording of Broadway’s Matilda — appropriately highlighting the very lucky quartet selected to portray the sensitive, telekinetic bookworm at the center of Roald Dahl’s celebrated novel.

In this clip, watch as “The Matildas” (Bailey Ryon, Sophia Gennusa, Oona Laurence and Milly Shapiro) co-tackle “Naughty”, our lead character’s first major song in the show. I dare you not to coo over them just a little, not to mention marvel at how committed they are to their Cockney accents (take that, Dick Van Dyke!). READ FULL STORY

'Matilda': Watch a song clip from 'The Smell of Rebellion' -- EXCLUSIVE

In the third of four EW exclusive looks behind the making of the Broadway cast album of Matilda (now available on iTunes, in stores Oct. 22), watch as Tony nominee and Olivier winner Bertie Carvel takes on Miss Agatha Trunchbull’s fierce aria of her ultimate enemy-all children. Check out these appropriately Roald Dahl-ish lyrics: “And so to stop the stench’s spread/I find a session of phys. ed./Sorts the merely rank from the revolting.” And those pipes! Mr. Carvel must have had an awfully good vocal coach (just marvel at how he maintains pitch while essentially singing through his throat); it’s almost as scary as Trunchbull herself (seen above).

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'Matilda': Watch a song clip for 'When I Grow Up' -- EXCLUSIVE

Fewer things these days can create the ear to ear smile induced in one of the signature tunes in the hit Broadway musical Matilda than when “When I Grow Up” is performed, which is composer Tim Minchin’s wistful ode to the wonders of remaining young at heart. In the exclusive clip below, watch the entire Broadway ensemble perform the track for the show’s new cast album (now available on iTunes, in stores Oct. 22). And if you don’t take a listen, that’s not right!-as the young bookworms in the story would fervently proclaim. READ FULL STORY

Go behind the recording of Broadway's 'Matilda' -- first of four EW exclusives!

Get an exclusive first-hand look behind the recording of the Matilda Broadway cast album and all its kiddies — or “maggots” as the villainous hammer-thrower Miss Trunchbull would exclaim. The cast went back into the studio to record a new album with some fun new tidbits from the show. In the mini-doc below, you can see the four prodigious (and well-spoken) young ladies who won the leading role share their chops, as well as Tony nominees Bertie Carvel as Trunchbull (and marvel at how on Earth he maintains that pitch of voice for so long!), Lauren Ward as the sweet, encouraging Miss Honey, and surprise Tony winner Gabriel Ebert, as the daffy, shady Mr. Wormwood.

If this preview of the album (now available on iTunes, in stores Oct. 22) doesn’t make you want to line back up to revisit it, then you must have come down with a case of the Trunchbulls. Check out songs like “Revolting Children”, “Naughty” and the instant classic “When I Grow Up” (all composed by Tim Minchin. Look for three more debut tracks next week on EW.com. Enjoy!
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There Should Be A Sequel: 'Matilda'

Everyone’s got that favorite childhood film — maybe even the tattered VHS version stowed away in your parents’ basement —  that you could watch over and over again, even though you didn’t necessarily understand all the jokes or adult character dialogue. It’s that one film where the imagery sticks like fly paper to your brain and affirms some special truth you believed about your kidself. For me, that film is 1996’s Matilda, directed by Danny DeVito, starring Mara Wilson, Rhea Perlman, Embeth Davidtz, and also DeVito, and based on the Roald Dahl novel.

Much like (and even pre-dating) another kid-with-special-powers, Matilda is a little girl with a big brain and an even bigger love of books. Oh, and she’s also telekinetic. But she uses her mind power for good — to right the wrongs of all the evil adults in her life.

In the beginning, Danny DeVito narrates and perfectly sets up the film’s ethos: “Everyone is born, but not everyone is born the same. Some will grow to be butchers, or bakers, or candlestick makers. Some will only be really good at making Jell-O salad. One way or another, though, every human being is unique, for better or for worse. “

Matilda was my hero growing up, and I’m sure she was a favorite with little ones who loved reading books larger than their body frames, shy kids, introverts, and anyone who felt like an outcast in their families/communities.
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Broadway box office: 'Cinderella' and 'Vanya and Sonia' see biggest post-Tony sales bump

The tongue-twisterly titled comedy Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike also saw another spike — in ticket sales — in the week since it won the Tony Award for Best Play on June 9. According to figures from the Broadway League, Christopher Durang’s sendup of Chekhov grossed $654,304 for the week ending June 16, up a whopping 18 percent from the week before. That’s an impressive 85 percent of the potential earnings for the Golden Theatre. Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella — a Tony winner for Best Costumes, which were impressively on display during a production number early in CBS’ Tony broadcast — also saw a 19 percent boost in revenues last week, to $1.06 million. (That’s nearly two-thirds the show’s potential gross.)

Sales for the season’s most highly touted new musicals, Matilda and Best Musical winner Kinky Boots, both rose 4 percent last week, to $1.18 million and $1.47 million, respectively. Both productions have been top grossers, so dramatic sales jumps were unlikely even after their Tony victories — and both gave well-received mini-performances during the Neil Patrick Harris-hosted telecast. Tellingly, though, the average ticket price for each show climbed nearly $5 in the last week — signaling that producers will use premium pricing to eke out more profits from already popular shows. The new revivals of Annie ($962,027) and Pippin ($1.01 million) benefited even more from the primetime exposure, boosting their weekly takings by nearly 8 percent.
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Tony Awards 2013: Who will win?

Despite a Broadway season that saw a 6-percent dip in attendance, theater fans still have cause for celebration at this Sunday’s Tony Awards. There’s a  contest heating up for Best Musical, pitting the “revolting” children of Matilda against the fabulous drag queens of Kinky Boots.

And there’s some real suspense in other major categories: Will two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks (above) add a Tony to his mantel for his Broadway debut in Lucky Guy? Will former Who’s the Boss star Judith Light win back-to-back Tonys in Best Featured Actress in a Play? EW critics Melissa Rose Bernardo and Thom Geier offer their predictions of who will be step-step-kicking to the podium at Radio City Music Hall this Sunday. (By the way, we’ll also be live-blogging the ceremony, hosted for the fourth time by the Energizer bunny of awards-show hosts, Neil Patrick Harris.) Disagree with our picks? Please let us know who you think will win — or should win — in the comments section.
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'Matilda' composer Tim Minchin on the Broadway hit's signature song 'When I Grow Up' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

At the top of the second act of the new Broadway hit Matilda the Musical, the pint-size ensemble appears on giant swings to deliver the show’s signature song, “When I Grow Up.” The simple, round-like melody includes such lines as, “When I grow up, I will eat sweets every day on the way to work and I will go to bed late every night.” In an exclusive new video (after the jump), Australian songwriter and outspoken skeptic Tim Minchin explains how he composed the evocative ode to “childish wonderment” — which he notes was the very first tune he wrote for the critically acclaimed adaptation of Roald Dahl’s beloved children’s book that has earned 12 nominations for next month’s Tony Awards, including Best Musical. READ FULL STORY

Broadway box office: Despite Tony snub, Bette Midler sees a big boost in ticket sales

Tony, Schmony. Bette Midler may have been snubbed by Tony nominators for her one-woman comedy I’ll Eat You Last, but she’s having the last laugh at the box office. According to figures from the Broadway League, ticket sales for the Divine Miss M’s first Broadway show in 30 years jumped 17 percent for the week ending May 5, to $753,217. That’s a record for the relatively tiny Booth Theatre and comes despite the fact that Midler performed only seven shows (most Broadway productions schedule eight performances per week). Her producers took advantage of premium pricing and stellar reviews, but the Tony snub also allowed them to deny Tony voters free tickets before the June 9 ceremony and re-sell those prime seats at full price.

So what’s a Tony nomination worth these days? For the musical revival Pippin and the star-studded comedy Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, the first week since the Tony noms boosted ticket sales by a healthy 10 percent. Pippin, which earned 10 nods (including Best Musical Revival), took in $785,386 for the week ending May 5 — an impressive 85 percent of the potential gross for the Music Box Theatre. Vanya, which earned 6 Tony noms, including Best Play, generated $449,073 at the Golden Theatre — roughly 60 percent of that 804-seat house’s maximum earnings. READ FULL STORY

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