On September 26th, the Original Broadway Cast Recording of Matilda was digitally released. And since then, we haven’t been able to stop listening to it!
There are two available editions of the recording, a standard and a deluxe. Both the standard and deluxe editions feature all four Matildas (Sophia Gennusa, Oona Laurence, Bailey Ryon, and Milly Shapiro), but the deluxe edition- that we HAD to get, of course- has a version of “Naughty” sung by the four stars. There is also an additional track called “Perhaps a Child” which had been previously cut from the show. The standard and deluxe recordings have all the well-known songs from the show, as well as Matilda’s stories recorded for the first time!
We already had the Original Cast Recording on repeat but this new recording is blowing our minds. The fact that all the songs still carry the magic, the childlike imagination, and the comical darkness is every reason why we love the actual show. Tim Minchin’s lyrics are truly some of the most clever Broadway has heard in years. With songs such as “School Song”, “When I Grow Up”, and “Quiet” (aaaaand pretty much every other track)- the spirit of the characters and story are lifted right from the book (written by the brilliant Roald Dahl).
Bertie Carvel never ceased to amaze us the several times we saw the show with him portraying the Tony Nominated role of Miss Trunchbull. Since we were familiar (and obsessed) with his work on the Original Cast Recording, we weren’t expecting the Broadway Cast Recording to impress us as much as it did. The Trunchbull he presents is even more frightening but makes us laugh out loud with small cartoonish additions to his already unbelievable songs.
While many of the songs remain similar to the Original Cast Recording, “Telly” has the most noticeable changes performed by Tony Winner Gabriel Ebert and featuring his on stage son, Taylor Trensch. Gabe brings the song to a whole new level that shows off his comedic prowess and his undeniable talent. The final moments of the song where Gabe really lets us hear it are definitely an upgrade to the already lovable song. To answer the question he asks at the very end of the track: No, Gabe, it’s not just you. You are amazing.
The ensemble brings this recording to the level we love. With the great tracks like “Revolting Children”, “When I Grow Up”, and “Chokey Chant”- anyone can get a feel for the energetic and talented group that the show has representing it. With such a child-heavy ensemble, you’d expect the songs to be sweet, fun, and delightful, and while they often are all those things, they are also smart, tricky, and expertly performed. This cast recording only proves what an amazing group of stars the show has no matter what age they are.
If you haven’t purchased your digital copy of the recording, do it ASAP. Or, you could wait until Tuesday, October 22nd when the CD is available in stores.
Also, just announced: on Thursday, October 24th, at 3pm members of the current cast will be at the Barnes and Noble on 86th and Lexington to celebrate the release of the CD with a performance and a signing!! Be sure to check it out!