'Matilda the Musical' recoups on Broadway

Staff Writer
Columbus Monthly

NEW YORK (AP) — The naughty kids in "Matilda the Musical" have one reason to smile: Their show paid back its $16 million investment on Broadway.

Producers said Friday that the New York version had become profitable following last week's $1.4 million haul at the box office. The show opened in April 2013 and has run close to 700 performances.

The musical based on the Roald Dahl book centers on the precocious Matilda Wormwood, an English girl who loves to read despite the disdain of her sleazy parents. She is befriended by a kindly teacher but opposed by her fearsome school headmistress.

The show is still running in London and a U.S. tour is scheduled for May.