News Nuggets: Previewing Tony contender ‘Matilda: The Musical’

Previewing new musical and Tony Awards contender “Matilda”: “‘Matilda’ has arrived red hot with the sort of acclaim, awards and ticket sales for its London production that indicate real potential to become a moneymaker and fan favorite in New York. Such success can confer the ‘Broadway hit’ label, which is crucial for starting productions in Asia, South America and across the United States and Europe — the tours where real fortunes are made. The dream is ‘The Phantom of the Opera,’ which has grossed $5.6 billion worldwide since 1986. The dream is ‘The Lion King’ ($5 billion since 1997) and ‘Wicked’ ($3 billion since 2003).” New York Times

Buzkashi Boys” star Fawad Mohammadi reflects on Hollywood and life in Kabul following the film’s Oscar nomination for Best Live Action Short. Huffington Post

Josef Adalian thinks it’s a bad idea to rush to replace Jay Leno with Jimmy Fallon on “The Tonight Show.” Vulture

Jay Leno continues to mock NBC after the network announced its plan to yet again oust the “Tonight Show” host. Hollywood Reporter

New Zealanders offended by passing reference to their country in “Argo.” Associated Press

Oscar-winning composer Elliott Goldenthal and director Mira Nair to be inducted into the New York Foundation for the Arts Hall of Fame. Hollywood Reporter

Tina Fey reprised her Emmy-winning Sarah Palin impression on “Inside the Actors Studio.” Los Angeles Times

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