Behind the scenes, from the orchestra pit of ‘Matilda’
Shubert Theatre, Manhattan, New York City
Images by British Photographer Maggie Yescombe
Matilda – what a great show, indeed, a Tony Award winning broadway show. Jeremy Gerard, Bloomberg was right in saying ‘You won’t want to leave’: this summed up this show and New York city. What a wonderful place…
Entered through the Stage Door, down a flight of stairs and through a short maze of thin corridors, down through the sound booth and deep into the dimly lit heart of the orchestra pit.
With headphones over our ears, to hear what the actors are doing on stage, and tv screens so the conductor and musicians can follow. The microphones for the instruments are off when they are not playing, and with the conductor’s permission I was able to take non-flash hand-held photography of the musicians performing at work, while enjoying the show.
Matilda received TWELVE nominations for 2013’s Tony Awards!:
Best Book of a Musical – Dennis Kelly
Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre – Tim Minchin (Music & Lyrics)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical – Bertie Carvel (Miss Trunchbull)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical – Gabriel Ebert (Mr Wormwood)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical – Lauren Ward (Miss Honey)
Best Direction of a Musical – Matthew Warchus
Best Choreography – Peter Darling
Best Orchestrations – Chris Nightingale
Best Scenic Design of a Musical – Rob Howell
Best Costume Design of a Musical – Rob Howell
Best Lighting Design of a Musical – Hugh Vanstone
Tony Honours for Excellence in the Theatre – The four actresses who created the title role of Matilda The Musical on Broadway: Sophia Gennusa, Oona Laurence, Bailey Ryon and Milly Shapiro.
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