Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – The Royal Variety Performance 2013
with Douglas Hodge
Coming to Broadway 2016-17 season.
After “Billy Elliot” and “Matilda” another big British musical to hit the Broadway shores, next Season 2016-2017 is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Variety has reported, that Sam Mendes has withdrawn as the director of the incoming Broadway production of Charlie , the musical that he directed in its premiere production in London, where the show is still running. Mendes cited scheduling difficulties as the reason for his exit, and all sides including lead producer Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures characterize the departure as amicable. I knew I couldn’t marry the time commitment to make a Broadway production with the development of my next projects for Neal Street, he said in a statement.
ROALD DAHL‘s deliciously dark tale of young Charlie Bucket and the mysterious confectioner Willy Wonka comes to life in a brand new West End musical directed by Academy Award winner Sam Mendes.
When Charlie wins a golden ticket to the weird and wonderful Wonka Chocolate Factory, it’s the chance of a lifetime to feast on the sweets he’s always dreamed of. But beyond the gates astonishment awaits, as down the sugary corridors and amongst the incredible edible delights, the five lucky winners discover not everything is as sweet as it seems.
Featuring ingenious stagecraft, the wonder of the original story that has captivated the world for almost 50 years is brought to life with music by Marc Shaiman, and lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman (Grammy winners for Hairspray; Smash), a book by award-winning playwright and adaptor David Greig (The Bacchae; Tintin In Tibet), set and costume designs by Mark Thompson (Mamma Mia!; One Man, Two Guvnors) and choreography by Peter Darling (Billy Elliot The Musical; Matilda The Musical).
A chocolate garden, an army of squirrels and the curiously peculiar Oompa-Loompas must be believed to be seen in this gigantic new musical that is choc-full of fantastical treats to dazzle your senses.