Meet 4 girls picked to play Broadway's 'Matilda'

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on November 15, 2012 at 3:04 PM

Updated Thursday, Nov 15 at 5:57 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — 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 9-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.

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