James Corden Plays Steve Bannon in Donald Trump Musical Parody

James Corden put a political spin on the song “When I Grow Up” from the stage adaptation of Roald Dahl’s children’s book Matilda, turning it into Donald: The Musical. Watch the performance in the clip above.

James Corden
James Corden during Donald: The Musical

During The Late Late Show on Monday, March 20, Corden starred as White House chief strategist Steve Bannon alongside Matilda composer Tim Minchin as President Donald Trump, Broadway star Ben Platt as Press Secretary Sean Spicer and actress Abigail Spencer as senior adviser Kellyanne Conway.

Steve Bannon and Kellyanne Conway
White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon and Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway during a meeting on cyber security in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington, DC in 2017. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The group swayed back and forth on swings while imagining what Trump and his White House officials must have dreamed about as children. “When I grow up, I will be president and build big walls, ban Muslims, play with Putin’s balls, grab p—–s of the lady grown-ups,” Minchin sang.

Ben Platt, Abigail Spencer, Tim Minchin and James Corden
Ben Platt, Abigail Spencer, and Tim Minchin perform with James Corden during Donald: The Musical Terence Patrick/CBS

Platt joked about Spicer’s false claims that Trump’s inauguration was the largest ever. “When I grow up, I’ll be press secretary of this land and lie about sizes of crowds and hands. Ignore climate change until earth is blown up,” he crooned.

Spencer impersonated Conway, who has repeatedly defended Trump’s Twitter rants. “And I will wake up to see tweets he wrote at 4 a.m. that I will have to defend, but I won’t care because I’ll be all grown up,” she sang.

They ended the bit by encouraging viewers to change the story. “Just because I find myself in this story, in the next election you can change it for me,” they belted out. “If you think the ending’s fixed already, you might as well be saying you think that we’re OK. And that’s not right and if it’s not right, you have to set it right.”

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