The Broadway Cast of Matilda The Musical

QuaranTune #24: "When I Grow Up" from Matilda The Musical

A show tune a day keeps the quarantine blues at bay...

Tom Millward
Tom Millward

Attention, maggots! Today's #QuaranTune comes to us from the comic and creative genius of composer/lyricist Tim Minchin and is arguably the most beloved number from the smash hit Matilda The Musical. We bring you "When I Grow Up"... And you're welcome, you filthy worms!

Last night it was officially confirmed that Tony Award winner Ralph Fiennes, who brought the evil Lord Voldemort to life in the "Harry Potter" film franchize, will be taking on another villainous role in the near future. He'll be playing the scarily ridiculous role of Miss Trunchbull in the upcoming film adaptation of Matilda The Musical, helmed by the stage show's original director Matthew Warchus.

The movie will be produced by Working Title and Netflix and was scheduled to begin filming in August of this year, which may now have to be rescheduled due to the current COVID-19 crisis. You can find more details about the exciting, cinematic project here.

Produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company, Matilda The Musical staged its world premiere in Stratford-upon-Avon, beginning in November 2010, and transferred to the West End's Cambridge Theatre in November of 2011. After receiving rave reviews and taking home no less than seven Olivier Awards in 2012 (including 'Best New Musical'), a Broadway premiere officially opened at the Shubert Theatre on April 11, 2013. A winner of four Tony Awards, the musical enjoyed a hugely successful run on the Great White Way, finally coming to a close on January 1, 2017. The West End production, however, is still officially open and is expected to return after the current shutdown.

Here's "When I Grow Up," performed at the 2012 Royal Variety Performance...


Just because you find that life's not fair, it doesn't mean that you just have to grin and bear it. If you always take it on the chin and wear it, nothing will change!
(Matilda, Matilda The Musical)

(Photo by Joan Marcus)


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