TheMusical based on the Creator/RoaldDahl novel ''{{Literature/Matilda}}'', which opened in Stratford in 2010. Moved to the West End in 2011, cleaned up on every award going, and made it to Broadway in 2013. Once again we follow young [[{{Bookworm}} bookworm]] Matilda as she contends first with her appalling parents, and then with the far more terrible figure of Miss Trunchbull, monstrous ChildHater and abusive head of Crunchem Hall who intimidates pupils and teachers alike -- only this time we have the whole thing set to songs by Music/TimMinchin.

!!This show provides examples of (in addition to [[Literature/{{Matilda}} the novel's tropes]]):

* AbusiveParents: Possibly more neglectful than actually abusive in the Wormwoods' case; on the other hand, the abuse Miss Honey received as a child [[spoiler:from her aunt, Miss Trunchbull]] has left her terrified for life. Worse yet, everybody else's parents make a [[CrowdSong song and dance routine]] about their own little miracles.
* AdaptationalAttractiveness: Bruce Bogtrotter may or may not be overweight depending on the child actor who plays him, but is rarely as heavy as he is in the book and 1996 film.
* AdaptationDistillation: The various crooked deals Mr Wormwood does in the book are streamlined into a subplot about a single deal he is arranging with a group of foreign businessmen that he is convinced will make his fortune, but instead leads to him fleeing the country with his family after [[spoiler:the people he scammed turn out to be members of TheMafiya]].
* AdaptationExpansion: The musical adds a story that Matilda tells about an acrobat and an escapologist. [[spoiler:Which, among other things, gives Miss Honey and Miss Trunchbull some very interesting backstory.]] It also adds [[spoiler:TheMafiya]].
* AdultsAreUseless: Mr and Mrs Wormwood don't even care. The teachers are terrified of Miss Trunchbull. The librarian in town is friendly, but more childlike than some of the children and not very observant. If all else fails, there is [[spoiler:TheMafiya]].
** Partly subverted by Miss Honey; she's the only main character to recognise how intelligent Matilda truly is and, when she can't get her moved to an advanced class, provides her with books that are more at her level, but she's still unable to protect Matilda (or the other children) from Miss Trunchbull's despotic reign.
* AlliterativeName: Bruce Bogtrotter.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking:
--->My mummy says I'm a lousy little worm.\\
My daddy says I'm a bore.\\
My mummy says I'm a jumped-up little germ,\\
That girls like me should be against the law.\\
My daddy says I should learn to shut my pie-hole,\\
No-one likes a smart-mouthed girl like me.\\
Mum says I'm a good case for population control...\\
Dad says I should watch more TV.
** When Miss Honey is assessing her reading ability, Matilda gives a long list of books she has read recently, including ''Literature/NicholasNickleby'', ''Literature/OliverTwist'', ''Literature/JaneEyre'', ''Literature/TessOfTheDurbervilles'', ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', ''Literature/TheInvisibleMan'', ''Literature/TheSecretGarden'', ''Literature/CrimeAndPunishment'', ...and ''Literature/TheCatInTheHat''.
* AscendedExtra: Ms. Phelps the Librarian plays a very large role in the musical, while in the book and the movie her role was rather limited.
* AsLongAsItSoundsForeign: Upon ending a phone-call with the Russians, Mr. Wormwood says "Do svi-'doo-da'," a bastardized pronunciation of the Russian phrase "do svidaniya," meaning "good-bye."
* AudienceParticipation: Before performing "Telly", Mr. Wormwood will typically call for a show of hands to see how many adults in the audience have read a book. After asking one of them for their name, he will attempt to ridicule that audience member for being a "bookworm".
* BerserkButton: Don't let that equally-frightening [[SoftspokenSadist soft voice]] fool you. Miss Trunchbull has ''many'' of these.
* BigEntrance: Every one of Miss Trunchbull's entrances (ie. an ear-piercing whistle, shouting, or [[spoiler:[[TheReveal the moment we learn she's Miss Honey's aunt]]]]). Either way, you'll know she's coming. "Miracle" also builds up to Matilda's first appearance.
* BiggerOnTheInside: The kids ponder Bruce's ability to down that massive cake with the lyrics "Or maybe your largeness/Is a bit like the [[Series/DoctorWho TARDIS]]:/Considerably roomier inside."
* BilingualBonus:
** Miss Honey addresses Rudolpho in Italian.
** Matilda has a conversation in Russian with Sergei, the leader of the Russian businessmen, [[spoiler:to keep Sergei's henchmen from hurting her father.]]
** Sergei has a small argument in Russian with his [[TheMafiya henchmen]] after finishing his poignant musical interlude. When he sings Matilda's name, his thugs think that he says "dah", the Russian word for "yes".
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Before the climax, the librarian narrates that there isn't a happy ending, referring to the fact Matilda is still raised by her abusive parents. Though this takes place right before Matilda does get her happy ending.]] It's possible said "unhappy ending" is [[spoiler:alludes to the fact that the Wormwoods would never really change for the better, though there's some hope for Mr. Wormwood.]]
* BrawnHilda: Miss Trunchbull. Played by a man, with a massive hunchback.
* ButICantBePregnant: Mrs. Wormwood's nine-month pregnancy comes as a total shock to her... She's ''further'' horrified to learn that she won't be able to compete in the Bi-Annual International Amateur Salsa and Ballroom Dancing Championships in Paris.
* ByTheHair: Miss Trunchbull hates pigtails and whirls one girl around by them with the strength she still has from throwing the hammer.
* CanisLatinicus: "What is the school motto, Miss Honey? ''Bambinatum est magitum - children are maggots!''"
* CanonForeigner:
** Rudolpho, Mrs Wormwood's dancing partner.
** The Russian businessmen.
** The Acrobat and the Escapologist and the former's sister, from Matilda's story [[spoiler:are subversions. They are actually Miss Honey's parents and Miss Trunchbull, respectively]].
* CannotKeepASecret: Lavender cannot help herself from spoiling her plan of putting a newt into the Truchbull's water jug to the audience. It's a clever bit of exposition.
* ChairReveal: Miss Trunchbull's first appearance.
* ChildProdigy: Matilda!
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: After a doctor berates Mr. Wormwood for smoking a cigarette in a maternity ward, he apologizes profusely- before lighting a cigar instead, "realizing" that situations like these call for "a proper smoke".
* CompetitionFreak: Because of her status as an Olympic hammer-throwing champion, Miss Trunchbull takes this to the extreme. She ''always'' has to be the best. She ''always'' has to have the last word. If she can't punish one child, she'll immediately take out her fury on [[ByTheHair another]]. When Bruce finishes the cake, [[spoiler:she adds a second punishment -- Chokey]]. She even has a way of dealing with a ''group'' of kids who can't fit into one Chokey.
-->'''Trunchbull:''' [[ThereAreTwoKindsOfPeopleInTheWorld In this world, children, there are two types of human being]]. The winners and the losers. I am a winner. [[MotiveRant I play by the rules, and I win]]. If I play by the rules and . . . I do not win, then something is wrong. Something is not working. If something is wrong, [[IronicEcho you have to put it right]]. Even if it screams.
* CreepyChild: Subverted in Matilda's case because she's really sweet. But one can not get over her rather disturbing story of the Acrobat and the Escapologist.
* CrosscastRole: Trunchbull.
* CrossReferencedTitles: Mrs. Wormwood's "Loud" and Matilda's "Quiet".
* CrowdSong: Quite a few: "School Song", "Bruce" and "Revolting Children" in particular.
* DarkReprise:
** "When I Grow Up" is a sweet song of children's innocent ideas of what adult life is, tugging at the heartstrings of all the grown-ups in the audience. [[spoiler:Then Miss Honey gets her verse. ''When I grow up, I will be brave enough to fight the creatures that you have to fight beneath the bed each night to be a grown-up.'' Her fearsome monster was all too real and still has her living in fear.]]
** Something similar is done with "Miracle" as the children, who have been told all their lives that they're all amazingly special, approach the gates of Crunchem Hall and try to reassure themselves of that increasingly dubious claim in the first stretch of "School Song".
** Also, "I'm Here" has a reprise that's a counterpoint to the final stretch of [[spoiler:"My House", as it becomes clear that the Escapologist was actually Miss Honey's father]].
* DealWithTheDevil: Miss Trunchbull claims that Bruce "made a pact with Satan and decided to steal my cake!" by way of justifying her extreme punishment.
* DeathByChildbirth: The acrobat in Matilda's story and presumably [[spoiler:Miss Honey's mother.]]
* DontTryThisAtHome: Parodied. At the beginning of the second act there's an announcement warning that the show includes depictions of dangerous activities that the children in the audience should not imitate. But the announcement is being made by Mr. Wormwood, who's referring to ''reading books''.
* DotingParent: ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpCuDTawlV4 My mummy says I'm a miracle!]]'' This goes for all the other children, it seems; the doctor in the maternity ward expresses amazement at the sheer number of alleged miracles he sees each day. Eventually all these brave soldiers and pretty ballerinas get to school. There's a steep learning curve.
* DumbBlonde: Mrs. Wormwood, and she's ''proud'' of it!
* DumbIsGood: Mrs Wormwood is a firm believer. ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0sRdrNo3lw You seem to think that people like people what are clever. It's very quaint. It's very sweet. But wrong.]]''
* EducationalSong: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GyHbPBW3B90 The ABC, of sorts]]; more importantly, it's a guide to surviving your first day at a particularly tough school.
* EvilTeacher: UpToEleven from the book with spectacular stunts and a memorable VillainSong or two.
* FlatCharacter: Rudolpho, and his presence does not really alter the story in any way compared to the other CanonForeigner characters. The only bit that really adds to the plot is when Miss Honey starts speaking Italian to him, and he does not understand a word she says.
* ForceFeeding: Bruce Bogtrotter steals some cake and is forced to eat the whole rest of the giant cake. When he succeeds against all expectations, the Trunchbull is angry and throws him in Chokey for further punishment.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: In "Miracle", Bruce notes "It's true he [my father] indulges my tendency to bulge" -- which would mean his large appetite. That tendency will get him in a lot of trouble at the end of Act One.
* GenreSavvy: It comes of all that reading. The conclusion? Time to be [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PkluLV0WHdU naughty]].
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: During "Telly":
-->'''Mr. Wormwood:''' ''Moby Dick''. [''Michael snickers''] Easy grandma...
* GloryDays: Miss Trunchbull dwells on her status as English Hammer-throwing Champion, 1969; it strongly colours her attitude and her approach to the teaching profession, along with providing her an... extreme option for dealing with the children. Especially those with GirlishPigtails.
* GymClassHell: A favoured approach when Miss Trunchbull [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4JstMPGJEwY scents rebellion]] among the children.
* HeavySleeper: Nigel "suffers from the rare chronic sleep-disorder narcolepsy" -- not really, but Matilda fabricates this lie to save him from Miss Trunchbull's punishment for a wrongly-accused prank.
* HonestJohnsDealership: Mr Wormwood, very dishonest as always.
* HurricaneOfPuns: School Song is full of puns on the letters of the alphabet
* IAmSpartacus: After Lavender is made to spell a long made up word, the entire rest of the class misspells words knowing that they can't all fit in the Chokey at once. [[spoiler:Of course, the Trunchbull found a way to get around that...]]
* IAmSong: Several: "Naughty" for Matilda, "The Hammer" for Miss Trunchbull, "Telly" and "Loud" for Mr and Mrs Wormwood respectively.
* IWantSong: "When I Grow Up".
* InnerMonologue: "Quiet," as Matilda discovers her powers. The world around her continues moving... and then time stops.
* KindheartedSimpleton: Poor Michael. In the book he used to be just an ordinary kid - stupid compared to Matilda, but so was everybody. Here, he seems to be downright mentally retarded, not doing much other than lying around and repeating the last word he hears someone say. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IAZozLxHvSE TELLY!]]
* KnightOfCerebus: The Chokey. Miss Trunchbull constantly switches from funny to genuinely menacing, but the Chokey is never played for laughs, and the threat of being locked for hours on end in a pitch-black cupboard where you can't sit or lean against the walls without getting cut by broken glass or nails is treated seriously throughout.
* LargeHam: Huge. Miss Trunchbull dances across the stage with a ribbon while singing about how to apply the lessons of hammer-throwing to life in general, and delivers the most terrifying of PE lessons. One must assume Bertie Carvel [[ChewingTheScenery enjoys the taste of scenery]].
* ListSong:
** "The Smell of Rebellion":
--->''All right, let's step it up, double time:\\
One, two, three, four - Discipline, discipline,\\
For children who aren't listening,\\
For midgets who are fidgeting,\\
And whispering in history,\\
Their chattering and chittering,\\
Their nattering and twittering\\
Is tempered with a smattering of discipline.''
** In "Telly," Mr. Wormwood lists a variety of authors and books including Charles Dickens, Mary Shelley, ''Harry Potter'', (Charlotte Brontë in the Broadway production), Jane Austen, James Joyce, Ian [=McEwan=], William Shakespeare, and ''Moby Dick''.
* LongList: Matilda's list of the books she's read in the past few days.
* LongTitle: "The Burning Woman Hurling Through the Air With Dynamite in Her Hair Over Sharks And Spiky Objects Caught By the Man Locked in the Cage" ...and it is the greatest feat ever known to man.
* MeaningfulName: The musical gives this to Magnus Honey. [[spoiler:Magnus means "great", which is a common title for circus performers.]]
* MindOverMatter: Plus some limited clairvoyance this time around? Matilda knows things about [[spoiler:Miss Honey's past]] without realising it.
* MusicalisInterruptus: Appears at the beginning of "The Smell of Rebellion" when Miss Trunchbull interrupts herself to yell at the children:
-->''This school, of late, has started reeking...\\
Quiet, maggots, when I'm SPEAKING!\\
...Reeking with a most disturbing scent...''
* MyFriendsAndZoidberg: The Wormwoods... and Rudolpho!
* NoFourthWall: Lavender, on occasion, and Bruce when Miss Trunchbull blames Matilda for stealing her chocolate cake. Also Mr Wormwood in "Telly". In the final scene, Mrs Phelps and Miss Honey address the audience directly to describe what happened to each of the characters afterward.
* TheNotSoHarmlessPunishment: Bruce and the cake.
* NotTheFallThatKillsYou: Amanda Thripp falls from the ceiling of the theatre after being thrown by Miss Trunchbull.
* ObfuscatingInsanity: Miss Trunchbull does this during "The Smell of Rebellion". At the beginning of the song she declares that exercise will somehow make the children fall down and confess to their rebellious nature. While they are exercising, she [[NonSequitur suddenly and completely]] [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment changes her attitude]].[[labelnote:Speech]]Imagine a world with no children/ Close your eyes and just ''dream''./ Imagine... come on, try it, the peace and the quiet/ a bubbling stream/ Now imagine a woods with a cottage,/ and inside that cottage we find/ a dwarf called Zeke, a carnival freak/ who can fold paper hats with his mind, and he says/ Don't let them steal your horses, no!/ Don't let them throw them away, no!/ If you find your way through, they'll be waiting for you/ singing... neigh! Neiiigh![[/labelnote]] Sure enough, this tricks one of the students into saying "She's mad!" and immediately resumes the role of evil headmistress.
* OminousMultipleScreens: Miss Trunchbull is looking at them the first time Miss Honey enters her office.
* ParentalLoveSong: "I'm Here", sung by the Escapologist to his daughter.
* PatterSong: This show is full of them -- "Miracle," "School Song," "The Hammer," "Chokey Chant," "Bruce," the 'double-time' portion of "The Smell of Rebellion," and "Revolting Children."
* PintSizedKid: The child who portrays Eric is traditionally the smallest, making the character the easiest target for Miss Trunchbull's abuse.
* POWCamp: The gateway to Crunchem Hall looks chillingly familiar. Tall and intimidating, it looks more like a prison than a school.
* PunishmentBox: The Chokey. But at least Miss Trunchbull only has one, right?...
* RaceLift: Mrs. Phelps is now Jamaican.
** Bruce Bogtrotter is now black.
* RaisedLighterTribute: The other kids during ''Bruce''.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech:
** "Loud", in particular, is a ''musical'' one delivered by Mrs. Wormwood to Miss Honey.
** As Matilda sings "Quiet", Miss Trunchbull launches into a lengthy, vicious tirade after the former defends Eric against her physical bullying. Mr. and Mrs. Wormwood also have their moments.
* RefugeInAudacity: Miss Trunchbull's standard policy.
* RoleReprisal: Bertie Carvel and Lauren Ward, Miss Trunchbull and Miss Honey, respectively, originated their roles in all three productions (Stratford, West End, and Broadway). Both were nominated for an Olivier Award in 2012, with Carvel winning for Best Actor, and a Tony Award in 2013.
* RunningGag: In the first scene, Mr. Wormwood assumes that his new child is a son, and continues to address Matilda as "boy" in every subsequent scene [[spoiler:until the final scene, where he gets it right when showing that he's genuinely going to miss her at least a bit]].
* SadistTeacher: The Trunchbull, naturally.
* ScrewDestiny: ''But nobody else is gonna put it right for me. Nobody but me is going to change my story. Sometimes you have to be a little bit [[NaughtyIsGood naughty]].''
* ShoutOut:
** To another Roald Dahl work, in the climactic song "Revolting Children": "We are revolting children, living in revolting times/We sing revolting songs, using [[Literature/RevoltingRhymes revolting rhymes]]...
** Or maybe because your largeness/is a bit like the [[Series/DoctorWho TARDIS]]
* TheShowMustGoOn: The Acrobat and Escapologist choose to cancel their performance of the greatest feat known to man when they find out she's pregnant. The audience is ''thrilled'' with the news...but the Escapologist's sister (who booked the performance down to the toilet facilities) produces a contract that dictates that this trope must apply or else they will be sent to prison. As the track listing for this stretch of the story on the Broadway cast album puts it, "The Trick Started Well..."
* SinisterSurveillance - Miss Trunchbull's office has a plethora of television screens surveying each room of Crunchem Hall. [[BigBrotherIsWatching She is always watching]]...
* SocialServicesDoesNotExist: Unless they're terrified of Miss Trunchbull too!
* TaughtByTelevision: The Wormwoods.
-->'''Mr. Wormwood:''' ''All I know, I learnt from...''\\
'''Michael:''' ''...TELLY!''\\
'''Mr. Wormwood:''' ''The bigger the...''\\
'''Michael:''' ''...TELLY!''\\
'''Mr. Wormwood:''' ''....the smarter the man!''
* TooHappyToLive: The story of the Acrobat and the Escapologist boils down to this.
* TranquilFury: The build-up in "Quiet" that leads to Matilda discovering her powers.
-->''I'm sorry, I'm not quite explaining it right''\\
''but this noise becomes anger and the anger is light''\\
''And its burning inside me would usually fade''\\
''But it isn't today!''
* TrophyRoom: ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9o6an0Wf1KM Look at these trophies, see how my trophies gleam in the sunlight, see how they shine...]]''
* TwoLinesNoWaiting: The story Matilda is telling to Ms. Phelps throughout the show? [[spoiler:It's actually Miss Honey's backstory!]]
* TheUnfavorite: Poor Matilda. "My mummy says I'm a lousy little worm/My daddy says I'm a bore/My mummy says I'm a jumped-up little germ/That girls like me should be against the law..."
* VillainousBreakdown: As in the book, the terrifying Miss Trunchbull ''freaks out'' when Matilda uses her powers to [[spoiler:[[ScarecrowSolution impersonate Miss Honeys dead father]], heavily implied to have been murdered by Trunchbull]]. This is the only version of the story in which she does not faint at any point, however. Instead, she is bullied off the stage by the children (and Miss Honey) in complete hysterics.
* VillainSong: The Trunchbull gets two great ones in the form of "The Hammer" in Act 1 and "The Smell of Rebellion" in Act 2.