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Four magical girls to share Matilda role

Posted: 11/16/2012 1:00 AM | Comments: 0

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NEW YORK -- Watch out, Broadway: The four little girls picked to play the telekinetic heroine Matilda in New York have been revealed -- and they're already pretty magical.

Meet nine-year-old Sophia Gennusa, and 10-year-olds Oona Laurence, Bailey Ryon and Milly Shapiro, who will rotate playing the precocious lead when Matilda the Musical comes to New York next year.

The four -- one from New York City, two from the surrounding area and one from Pennsylvania -- will be making their Broadway debuts but don't lack confidence.

Says Milly: "I never thought this would happen when I was this age. I thought I'd be 16 before I did something like this."

The musical, now in London, is based on Roald Dahl's 1988 book about a girl who unleashes her magical powers.

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition November 16, 2012 D2

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