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Roald Dahl is one of the most famous and legendary authors in history. He wrote numerous books and one of his most famous works was the children’s novel, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” The book came out in 1964 and has been the inspiration behind two movies, video games, and two musicals.
The first of those two musicals made its debut at the West End in London and was a massive success. The production won two “Laurence Olivier Awards.” The London production came to an end at the Theatre Royal after completing an astonishing one thousand two hundred and ninety-three performances.
This wonderful musical then made its way to Broadway in April, 2017 and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory tickets have been in demand ever since. The Broadway show is a little different as compared to the West End musical. Not only does it have a different cast and creative teams, but the story has a few more twists too. Thousands of fans have watched it live and now it is your chance to do that as well.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Information (Broadway)
|Director||Producer||Composer/Lyricist||Writer||Choreographer||Set Designer||Jack O’ Brien||Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, Langley Park Productions, Neal Street Productions||Marc Shaiman/Scott Wittman||David Greig||Joshua Bergasse||Mark Thompson|
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a musical unlike any other. The play will take you on an unforgettable ride. The plot revolves around Willy Wonka and the adventures of five winners of a special contest who are to get lifetime chocolate supplies. The play has been produced and directed by some of the biggest names in the business. Couple that with its magnificent cast, stunning costumes, set designs and brilliant choreography and you have a sure shot recipe for a Broadway hit.
Since Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a musical, the score becomes a very important part of the entire experience. This is why Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman were brought on board for the Broadway production. The two have been long term collaborators and won a Tony, a Grammy and a Drama Desk Award for their work on the musical “Hairspray.”
The score of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is the duo’s latest masterpiece and it has received acclaim from fans and critics alike. Tracks like “The Candy Man,” “A Letter From Charlie Bucket,” “Pure Imagination” and “Overture” complement the performances perfectly.
The Broadway Cast
The people behind the Broadway production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory have not left anything to chance; that much is obvious from the cast they have put together. Christian Borle plays the role of Willy Wonka, John Rubinstein is Grandpa Joe and Jake Ryan Flynn, Ryan Foust and Ryan Sell alternate between themselves to play the role of Charlie Bucket.
Borle reprises the role of Willy Wonka very well. The three youngsters do a more than commendable job in making the not-so-greedy nature of Charlie Bucket come to the fore right from the beginning till the end of the musical. Rubinstein comes across as a more than capable companion for Charlie Bucket in the world of Willy Wonka’s mysterious factory.
What the Critics Are Saying and Awards
Charlie and The Chocolate Factory’s Broadway run has received quite a lot of critical acclaim. Entertainment Weekly has called it “Broadway’s Big Treat.”
The New York Times has been very effusive in its praise of Borle’s work by saying “A gloriously demented Christian Borle and Willy Wonka!’’ NPR has called it “A marvelous show for everyone! You’re Guaranteed to Have a Ball!"
Perhaps it’s the legendary Whoopi Goldberg who sums it up best when she calls it:
“It is the best mix of the book and the movie. So Good.”
The musical has enjoyed a lot of commercial success as well and the Broadway edition has won a Drama Desk Award to boot. All the effort that has been put in by everyone to make it a success has worked wonders. Everything from the performances on the stage to the minutest possible detail has been meticulously taken care of.
The result is one of the most colorful and fun musicals in recent memory.
Golden Ticket Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory will hit the road for a US Tour in September of 2018. The cast has not yet been announced but it promises to be a ride that will enchant theater fans all around the country.
As for now, the musical is continuing with its Broadway run at the famous Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. If you want to know what’s in the store for Charlie Bucket and the four in Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory, then get your Charlie and the Chocolate Factory tickets to experience all that and so much more, live.