Charlie And The Chocolate Factory Is Headed To Broadway
Pure Imagination is no stranger to Broadway. However, bringing to life the person who knows best about it will be a first for the Great White Way. While the 2012-2013 Broadway season was dominated by productions filled and geared towards children, it seems as though that day has not yet come to an end. And why should it? It’s looking as though another well-known tale for children, already on the stage in London, will make its way to America soon in the near future. Ever want to visit the infamous chocolate factory of Mr. Willy Wonka? You may be able to very very soon. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that Charlie and The Chocolate Factory will come to Broadway!
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a musical that features a book by David Greig with music and lyrics by Marc Shaiman and lyrics by Scott Wittman. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory tells the story of Charlie Bucket, who is lucky enough to find one of Wonka’s golden tickets and visit the mysterious Willy Wonka chocolate factory. However, Charlie and the four other children who are lucky enough to feast their eyes upon the world of Wonka before them don’t realize everything inside the factory isn’t as sweet as it seems. Filled with Oompa-Loompas, squirrels and a lot of chocolate just about everywhere, this new production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory will bring to life one of the greatest stories ever told and the once in a lifetime chance to experience Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory made its world premiere at London’s Theatre Royal, Drury Lane this past spring. Previews began May 22nd and the production officially opened June 25th, 2013. The show has just extended it’s schedule until May 2014. The show received mixed reviews. In a recent interview with The Washington Post, Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman confirmed that Charlie and the Chocolate Factory would make its way to Broadway in the near future. The timeline for Broadway will be determined by director Sam Mendes yet to be determined schedule for his upcoming James Bond film which has also yet to be named. When filming for the movie is complete, the Broadway production will move forward.
As previously mentioned, at the helm of the entire production is the Tony, Olivier and Academy Award winner director Sam Mendes. The production is choreographed by Tony and Olivier Award winner Peter Darling (Matilda, Billy Elliot). Mark Thompson serves as the production designer, Paul Pyant is lighting designer and Paul Arditti is sound designer. Jon Driscoll provides video and projections for the production while Jamie Harrison provides puppets and illusions. Nicholas Skilbeck is musical director. Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, Neal Street Productions and Kevin McCormick are producers.
The world premiere cast of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is helmed by no other than Tony and Olivier Award winner Douglas Hodge as Willy Wonka.
Luner on Theatre is very excited for the Broadway premiere of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. We have been following this production since its early days in London and the show truly looks one of a kind. From the designs to the music, this production of the timeless tale of Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory will help bring to life a very well-known story in a brand new vision for the stage. Reviews for the production were mixed and many critics posted negative comments regarding the production’s overall value. While I have not seen the production myself, I do feel as though some of this comes riding off the heels of Matilda, another Roald Dahl story, just recently produced for the stage as well. Matilda the Musical broke records in London winning the most Olivier Awards in history and transferred a production to Broadway which has been running solid at The Shubert Theatre since March. Matilda redefined the way children are used in musical theatre. It’s hard for anyone to follow in those footsteps yet alone another story of children by the same author.
Wonka bars at your local candy stores will have to hold you over until Charlie and the Chocolate Factory arrives on Broadway sometime in the near future. At this point in time, no timetable, casting or theaters for the Broadway run have been announced. Luner on Theatre will continue to bring you updates as the production not only moves forward in London but also moves forward towards an American premiere. For more information, check out Charlie and The Chocolate Factory’s Official Website. Be sure to check Luner on Theatre on Facebook and Follow Us on Twitter as well! We are constantly updating these pages with information! And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more!