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Tony Awards 2013: 'Matilda's' four young stars are all smiles

Tony Awards 2013: 'Matilda's' four young stars are all smiles

NEW YORK — "Even if you're little, you can do a lot" sings the spirited 5-year-old heroine of "Matilda, the Musical," the Broadway hit adapted from the children's classic by Roald Dahl. The lyrics are a message of self-empowerment for Matilda, a Dostoyevsky-reading prodigy neglected by her dim-witted, vulgar parents.

For the four young actresses who share the role onstage, the words are a mantra for making it through the frenzied run-up to Sunday night's Tony Awards, where "Matilda" is nominated in 12 categories. Even if you're little, you've got to do a lot: rehearsals, performances, interviews and, oh yeah, homework.

But if Bailey Ryon, Milly...

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