Talk about lousy press: According to a report from the New York Post's Page Six, the Broadway musical "Matilda" has been stricken with a lice outbreak, with at least six of the show's young players plagued by the insidious pests.
The news prompted one source to joke, "This is the worst outbreak Broadway has seen since the original company of 'Hair' got crabs."
A representative for the show, playing at the Shubert Theatre, confirmed there had been a nit infestation among the cast but denied that it was kept a secret, as the Page Six item implied.
"All backstage personnel were immediately made aware of this situation and it was dealt with immediately," said the representative.
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After a highly successful run in the West End, it opened on Broadway last year to glowing critical notices, receiving 12 Tony nominations and ultimately winning five awards -- including a specially created honor for the four young actresses who portrayed the title character.