Slow Burn Theater presents MATILDA THE MUSIC

The Slow Burn Theater Company and the Broward Center for the Performing Arts invite the public to the Tony and Olivier Award-winning musical Matilda: The Musical, presented by American National Bank, from Friday, March 25 through Sunday, April 10, 2022. The musical received widespread critical acclaim. and won seven Olivier Awards, including Best New Musical in 2012 – the most awards ever won by a single show at the time – and also received five Tony Awards in 2013, including the Tony for Best musical comedy book. The score was written by composer Tim Minchin and features the well-known hit “When I Grow Up”. It was adapted by Dennis Kelly, based on the book Matilda by Ronald Dahl and directed by Patrick Fitzwater. Additional orchestrations and music by Chris Nightingale.

Tony Award-winning Roald Dahl’s Matilda: The Musical is a gripping masterpiece from the Royal Shakespeare Company that revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of the imagination and the inspiring story of a girl who dreams of a better life. Matilda has won 47 international awards and continues to delight sold-out audiences of all ages around the world. Filled with energetic dance numbers, catchy songs, young and old alike will be thrilled and delighted by the story of the special little girl with an out-of-this-world imagination.

“Matilda: The Musical, in both casting and selection, is in keeping with Slow Burn’s mission to bring highly acclaimed but lesser-known theatrical productions to South Florida,” said director Patrick Fitzwater. “There’s so much talent here and we’re thrilled they have a place to showcase that talent in works like this. And, it’s always a pleasure to cast incredible actors, like Saheli Khan, who are less predictable for playing roles like Matilda.”

The main cast includes Saheli Khan as Matilda, Bryan Austermann as Miss Agatha Trunchbull, Lillie Thomas as Miss Honey, Anthony Cataldo as Mr. Wormwood, Mallory Newbrough as Mrs. Wormwood, and Karen Stephens as Mrs. Phelps.

Other cast members include Michael Norman as Michael Wormwood, Pablo Pernia as Rudolpho; Jerel Brown in The Escapologist, Kimmi Johnson in The Acrobat, Nate Promkul in Doctor/Ensemble, King Bell in Tommy, Kaia Michelle Davis in Alice, Jaxon James in Bruce, Jay Hendrix in Nigel, Chloe Nicole in Lavender, Gaby Lopez in Hortensia, Jack Rodman as Eric and Ellie Rose Pulsifer as Amanda with Sofie Poliakoff as Swing.

The set includes Nicole Kinzel, Kristi Rose Mills, Casey Sacco, Sahid Pabon, Reynel Reynaldo and Matthew Feinstein.

The production team includes: Patrick Fitzwater, director and choreographer; Anthony Campisi, musical director; Jackie Lawlor, production manager: André Russell, assistant manager; Alex Fine, technical director; Clifford Spulock, lighting designer; Rick Pena, costume designer; Jerel Brown as dance captain, Patrick Fitzwater as sound, prop and wig designer; and Paige Morgans, COVID compliance officer/child wrangler.

The original choreography is by Peter Darling and is licensed for Slow Burn Theater production. Music tracks by The MTPit.

Major support for the Slow Burn Theater Company is provided by the Broward County Cultural Division, the Cultural Council and the Broward County Board of Commissioners. Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture, and Florida Council on Arts and Culture.

The Broward Center’s 2021/2022 season is generously funded by the Broward Performing Arts Foundation. AutoNation, Bank of America, Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, MasterCard, and Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center are proud sponsors of the Broward Center. The programs are also sponsored in part by the State of Florida, the Department of State, the Division of Arts and Culture, and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.

The Broward Center for the Performing Arts is located at 201 SW Fifth Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. Tickets start at $49.00 and are available online at or; by phone at 954.462.0222 or in person at the Broward Center AutoNation Box Office. Groups larger than 10 save 10% by contacting [email protected] $25 student and teacher tickets available with a valid student or teacher ID. Ticketmaster is the only official ticketing service for Broward Center and Parker Playhouse.