The box office at Broadway's Lunt-Fontanne Theatre (205 W. 46th St.), soon to be the home of the new musicalCharlie and the Chocolate Factory, opens for business February 6 at 10 AM. The new musical begins previews March 28 prior to an official opening April 23.
The first 50 ticket buyers at the Lunt-Fontanne box office February 6 will receive a copy of a special tie-in edition of the musical’s source material, the novelCharlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl (the edition goes on sale to the public February 7). Wonka’s Chocolate Factory at 205 W. 46th St. is also providing the chance for fans to win two tickets to a preview performance: To enter Mr. Wonka’s Factory Photo Contest, post a photo of yourself on Instagram or Twitter in front of Broadway’s Lunt-Fontanne and #CharlieMusical. One winner will be selected every Thursday through March 23. No purchase is necessary.
Two-time Tony Award winner Christian Borle, recently seen in the critically acclaimed Broadway revival ofFalsettos, will head the cast as Willy Wonka. He will be joined by Tony Award winner John Rubinstein (Pippin) as Grandpa Joe, Emily Padgett (Side Show) as Mrs. Bucket, Kathy Fitzgerald (9 to 5) as Mrs. Gloop, F. Michael Haynie (Wicked) as Augustus Gloop, Ben Crawford (Shrek) as Mr. Salt, Emma Pfaeffle (Finding Neverland) as Veruca Salt, Alan H. Green (School of Rock) as Mr. Beauregard, Trista Dollison (A Bronx Tale) as Violet Beauregard, Jackie Hoffman (On The Town) as Mrs. Teavee, and Michael Wartella (Tuck Everlasting) as Mike Teavee.
Jake Ryan Flynn, Ryan Foust, and Ryan Sell will make their Broadway debuts alternating in the role of Charlie Bucket. Flynn's regional credits includeSingin’ in the Rain, Mary Poppins, Billy Elliot, Shrek, and A Christmas Carol. Foust, a native of Tampa, FL, has been seen in productions ofBeauty and the Beast (Chip),CinderellaKids(Jaq),Peter Pan(Michael), andCats(Victor/Bill Bailey). Sell, who was part of the developmental lab ofCharlie and the Chocolate Factory,has appeared in productions ofMame(Young Patrick),Peter Pan(Michael Darling), andBeauty and the Beast(Chip).
The 36-member company also includes Yesenia Ayala (Broadway debut), Darius Barnes (Cinderella), Colin Bradbury (Come Fly Away), Jared Bradshaw (Jersey Boys), Ryan Breslin (Newsies), Kristy Cates (Finding Neverland), Madeleine Doherty (The Producers), Paloma Garcia-Lee (Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812), Stephanie Gibson (Cinderella), Talya Groves (Motown), Cory Lingner (On The Town), Elliott Mattox (Broadway debut), Monette McKay (Memphis), Kyle Taylor Parker (Kinky Boots), Paul Slade Smith (Finding Neverland), Stephen Carrasco (Fiddler on the Roof), Kristin Piro (An American In Paris), Amy Quanbeck (Broadway debut), Michael Williams (On The Town), and Mikey Winslow (On The Town).
Directed by three-time Tony Award winner Jack O’Brien,Charlie and the Chocolate Factoryfeatures music by Grammy, Emmy, and Tony Award winner Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Grammy and Tony Award winners Scott Wittman and Shaiman, a book by David Greig, and choreography by Tony Award nominee and Emmy Award winner Joshua Bergasse. The production includes additional songs by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley from the 1971 Warner Bros. motion picture.
The Broadway production will also have scenic and costume design by five-time Tony Award nominee Mark Thompson, lighting design by four-time Tony Award nominee Japhy Weideman, sound design by Andrew Keister, puppet design by Obie and Drama Desk Award winner Basil Twist, projection design by Jeff Sugg, orchestrations by three-time Tony Award winner Doug Besterman, and music direction and supervision by Nicholas Skilbeck. Casting is by Telsey + Company/Rachel Hoffman, CSA.
The musical is described as such: “Willy Wonka, world famous inventor of the Everlasting Gobstopper, has just made an astonishing announcement. His marvelous—and mysterious—factory is opening its gates…to a lucky few. That includes young Charlie Bucket, whose life definitely needs sweetening. He and four other golden ticket winners will embark on a mesmerizing, life-changing journey through Wonka’s world of pure imagination. Get ready for chocolate waterfalls, exquisitely nutty squirrels and the great glass elevator, all to be revealed by Wonka's army of curious Oompa-Loompas.”
Charlie and the Chocolate Factoryis produced by Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures (Mark Kaufman), Langley Park Productions (Kevin McCormick), and Neal Street Productions (Sam Mendes, Caro Newling).
Tickets range from $69–$160 and are available atTicketmaster.com.
The Olivier and Evening Standard Award-winning London production ofRoald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, directed by Sam Mendes and choreographed by Peter Darling, ended its run January 7 at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, where it was seen by over 2.1 million people since it opened in June 2013.