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Go behind the recording of Broadway's 'Matilda' -- first of four EW exclusives!

Get an exclusive first-hand look behind the recording of the Matilda Broadway cast album and all its kiddies — or “maggots” as the villainous hammer-thrower Miss Trunchbull would exclaim. The cast went back into the studio to record a new album with some fun new tidbits from the show. In the mini-doc below, you can see the four prodigious (and well-spoken) young ladies who won the leading role share their chops, as well as Tony nominees Bertie Carvel as Trunchbull (and marvel at how on Earth he maintains that pitch of voice for so long!), Lauren Ward as the sweet, encouraging Miss Honey, and surprise Tony winner Gabriel Ebert, as the daffy, shady Mr. Wormwood.

If this preview of the album (now available on iTunes, in stores Oct. 22) doesn’t make you want to line back up to revisit it, then you must have come down with a case of the Trunchbulls. Check out songs like “Revolting Children”, “Naughty” and the instant classic “When I Grow Up” (all composed by Tim Minchin. Look for three more debut tracks next week on EW.com. Enjoy!
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'Matilda' composer Tim Minchin on the Broadway hit's signature song 'When I Grow Up' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

At the top of the second act of the new Broadway hit Matilda the Musical, the pint-size ensemble appears on giant swings to deliver the show’s signature song, “When I Grow Up.” The simple, round-like melody includes such lines as, “When I grow up, I will eat sweets every day on the way to work and I will go to bed late every night.” In an exclusive new video (after the jump), Australian songwriter and outspoken skeptic Tim Minchin explains how he composed the evocative ode to “childish wonderment” — which he notes was the very first tune he wrote for the critically acclaimed adaptation of Roald Dahl’s beloved children’s book that has earned 12 nominations for next month’s Tony Awards, including Best Musical. READ FULL STORY

This Week on Stage: 'Matilda' casts her spell on Broadway

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This week marks the arrival of the biggest Brit hit musical since a little boy named Billy Elliot pirouetted his way across the pond, but the Off Broadway offerings in this round-up are also not to be ignored. As we prep for a tidal wave of openings in the next three weeks (with 12 Broadway titles alone to come!), check out what our staff has to say about these: (click on the links below to read the full reviews):

Matilda: Four very lucky little girls share the title role in this bold reimagining of the classic Roald Dahl novel which broke records sweeping Britain’s Olivier Awards last year. Did it survive the ride across the ocean with kudos intact? Thom Geier says yes and dubs it as enticing as a bedtime story, “you want to shout, ”Again!” and demand that the cast start over from the very beginning so you might catch everything that you missed”. He adds, “ [the show] captures the wonder and innocence of childhood, but also the frustrations that face kids confronting the bitter unfairness of the adult world”. EW grade: A– READ FULL STORY

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