I read an article about how the Matilda broadway musical was getting a lot of critical acclaim in London, so I've been listening to this soundtrack. It is a very mixed bag. In Les Miserables, there's that kid song "Castle on a Cloud" and a few of the Matilda songs are like that. A kid sings about her troubles. These songs are, eh, okay. Les Mis also has that song "Master of the House" which annoys me. It's all off-beat honking horns and comical lyrics. Two of the songs are like that, and I skip them. (Them being "Loud" and "Telly.") But there are a few songs that I really, really enjoy. "School song" "Bruce" and "Revolting Children" feature a whole bunch of kids singing the melody. It sounds bad, the way I've described it, but it's done so well. It's almost like hearing a boys' choir singing a capella. "Bruce" and "Revolting Children" also manage to maintain a very quick pace, so it's like a choir but with instrumental accompaniment and songs that tell a story. Good stuff.
I recently found out that the Trunchbull might be played by a male actor. This is what comes from only listening to a soundtrack and not actually seeing the play. But in retrospect, the character does sound mannish, though he does a pretty good job. His singing does sound a bit like the guy who plays Dolores Umbridge in the second Harry Potter Musical. The Trunchbull songs are okay. More comical and less melodic, but still decent.