Charlie And The Chocolate Factory Is Coming To Broadway
Broadway is no stranger to imports from London. However, the volume of such imports has slowed drastically from the days often referred to as “Broadway’s British invasion”. That does not go to say that these days, Broadway still does not receive a fair number of productions that begin their roots across the pond. One new musical, now in its third year in London, is packing its bags and heading to America as it sets its eyes on a Broadway bow next season in New York. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that Charlie And The Chocolate Factory is coming to Broadway!
Producers proudly announced this morning that Charlie And The Chocolate Factory will come to Broadway in spring 2017 following its successful run in London’s West End. An official Broadway theatre, dates, casting and design team are still in the works and will be announced at a later date. Three-time Tony Award winner Jack O’Brien (Pictured Right) will direct the production with choreography by Tony Award nominee and Emmy Award winner Joshua Bergasse. The West End production was originally directed by Sam Mendes with Peter Darling as choreographer. However, the spring 2017 Broadway bow conflicts with previous projects both have already committed to. They have both graciously passed along the reigns to both O’Brien and Bergasse. Mendes will remain on board as a producer only.
Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, Langley Park Productions and Neal Street Productions will produce the Broadway production next season. It is not confirmed whether the Broadway bow will be a direct transfer of the London production or additional changes will be made for New York, much like CATS is planning. Charlie And The Chocolate Factory began its West End run in May 2013 before officially opening in June 2013 at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane (Pictured Above Left). The show has extended ticket sales at least five times over the course of its run and is currently scheduled to play London through January 7th, 2017 when it will close. Over 1.8 million people have already had the chance to experience the show in London’s West End. The musical went on to be nominated for seven Olivier Awards including Best New Musical in 2014. It went on to win two with both the costume and lighting design being honored.
Charlie And The Chocolate Factory features music by Grammy, Emmy and Tony Award winner Marc Shaiman and lyrics by Grammy and Tony Award winners Scott Wittman and Shaiman. David Greig provides the book for the production.
Luner Lowdown: I couldn’t be more thrilled Charlie And The Chocolate Factory is at last coming to Broadway next season. I recall when this show was first announced for London’s West End and hoping a Broadway transfer would be in store for this story we can’t help but love. I would love to see this show succeed, as Roald Dahl’s Matilda has continued to do now entering its third year, on Broadway. One can only hope Douglas Hodge (Pictured Above Right) may be interested in recreating his role as Willy Wonka as he did for the London premiere. The musical will, no doubt, need one of Broadway’s larger houses. Where might this show end up? For some reason, The Lyceum speaks to me as a solid choice for this show. However, houses east of Broadway have proved hard to play sometimes. The Shubert Theatre, the Shubert organization’s flagship, is another excellent choice. However, I would highly doubt Matilda, ironically another Roald Dahl story, is going anywhere. Thanks to Helen Maybanks for the photo above right!
Luner on Theatre will keep you updated as Charlie And The Chocolate Factory prepares to bring Pure Imagination to Broadway next spring! We’re looking forward to learning more about this exciting production including its Broadway home, official dates, casting and a lot more! We can’t wait to purchase our Golden Ticket to this new Broadway production!