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Broadway to say good-bye to Matilda

Associated Press Associated Press 14/04/2016 Mark Kennedy

The Tony Award-winning, British import Matilda will stop terrorising Broadway early next year.

Producers of the witty musical adaptation of the beloved and dark novel by Roald Dahl said on Thursday the show will close at Shubert Theatre on January 1, having played almost 1600 performances.

The musical tells the story of a precocious and slightly telekinetic 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 the fearsome school headmistress.

Its music and lyrics were written by Tim Minchin.

The show, which paid back its $US16 million ($A20.80 million) investment on Broadway, is still playing in London and in Australia. A US national tour started in May 2015 and is ongoing.

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