The Muny’s ‘Matilda’ To Be Inspired By Mary Engelbreit

The Muny has announced that critically-acclaimed St. Louis artist Mary Engelbreit will provide the inspiration for its final production of the 101st season, Matilda, August 5-11.

A St. Louis native and world-wide legend, Engelbreit has illustrated three New York Timeschildren’s best sellers, been featured in The Wall Street Journal and served as editor-in-chief of the award-winning creative lifestyle magazine Mary Engelbreit’s Home Companion.

Engelbreit has been working with Matilda’s director, John Tartaglia, and its designers to give the Muny production the distinctive look and feel that has enchanted people for nearly three decades. She has provided character sketches, and will be working with The Muny’s costume, set and video designers as the production continues to develop.  

“When I imagined our Matilda at The Muny, I instantly thought of many of Mary’s iconic and magical young women,” said Muny Artistic Director and Executive Producer Mike Isaacson. “What if our Matilda looked like one of them, and our production felt and looked like her world? I was so grateful that she was willing to take this leap with us, and to work with Johnny and the rest of this incredible team.”

“I was so surprised when Mike called, and I kept saying ‘Are you sure? I don’t know how to design a set!’” said Engelbreit. “But working with John and the team has been fantastic, and I’m so happy to be a part of The Muny artistic family and see this world come alive!”

“I’ve always been a big fan of Mary’s work, so I immediately saw how it could serve Roald Dahl’s Matilda,” said production director John Tartaglia. “When I think of Mary’s illustrations, I immediately associate them with St. Louis. Paige, Leon, Rob and Nathan and I are having a ball giving this production her distinctive style and feel in the heart of her hometown.”

As previously announced, Matilda is directed by John Tartaglia with music direction by Michael Horsley.

The design team bringing Engelbreit’s vision to life includes scenic design by Paige Hathaway, costume design by Leon Dobkowski, lighting design by Rob Denton, sound design by John Shivers and David Patridge, video design by Nathan W. Scheuer, wig design by Kelley Jordan, with production stage manager Larry Smiglewski.

The 2019 season schedule is: Guys and Dolls (June 10 – 16), Kinky Boots (June 19 – 25), 1776 (June 27 – July 3), Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella (July 8 – 16), Footloose (July 18 – 24), Lerner and Loewe’s Paint Your Wagon (July 27 – August 2) and Matilda (August 5 – 11). 

New subscriptions will go on sale March 8, 2019, and single tickets will be available beginning May 6, 2019. Muny gift cards for the 101st season are now available online and at The Muny Box Office, with preferred gift card season ticket subscriptions beginning March 4, prior to general public sales. For more information, visit or call (314) 361-1900.

World Wide Technology (WWT) and The Steward Family Foundation became the first overall season sponsor in the history of The Muny in 2014. They are committed to continuing in this role with their leadership gift as The Muny’s 2019 Season Presenting Sponsor.


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