National tour planned for 'Matilda the Musical'

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NEW YORK (AP) — Those naughty kids from "Matilda the Musical" are hitting the road.

A national tour will begin in May 2015 at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles before stops at the SHN Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco, Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre and Dallas' AT&T Performing Arts Center. The full schedule and casting will be announced later.

The Broadway 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.

"Matilda" is written by playwright Dennis Kelly, with music and lyrics by Australian comedian-composer Tim Minchin. It's directed by Tony Award winner Matthew Warchus and was a hit first in London.

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