On March 20, Minchin brought his knack for pointed lyrics to The Late Late Show with James Corden. In an “excerpt” from Donald The Musical, Minchin portrayed Donald Trump in a version of Matilda’s “When I Grow Up.” Decked in full British schoolboy attire, he was joined by Dear Evan Hansen star Ben Platt as Sean Spicer, Tony winner and host James Corden as Steve Bannon, and Abigail Spencer as Kellyanne Conway.
When I grow up
I will be President and build big walls
Ban Muslims, play with Putin’s balls
Grab pussys of the lady grown ups
And when I grow up
I'll be press secretary of this land
And lie about sizes of crowds and hands
Ignore climate change ’til Earth is blown up
(Watch above for the full rendition.)
The four then sat down to talk Broadway and Minchin’s upcoming Groundhog Day (opening at the August Wilson Theatre April 17). As it turns out, Minchin has a deep connection to Andrew Lloyd Webber and Cats, which plays across from the August Wilson at the Neil Simon Theatre. Apparently, Minchin plays and writes by ear, and “Memory” from Cats was the first song he ever learned to play by ear. Years later, the writer-actor played Judas in a production of Jesus Christ Superstar. And, just a few weeks ago, Minchin found himself in a bind and the Neil Simon Theatre came to the rescue: After an outdoor photo shoot, Minchin accidentally had pine needles stuck in his pants and, in desperate discomfort, needed a bathroom. The Neil Simon ushers let him in and as he was in the restroom, “Memory” began to play. A full circle moment.