London's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Eyes Broadway
By Adam Hetrick
The London musical Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which features a score by Tony Award winners Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, will have a Broadway run following the completion of director Sam Mendes' upcoming "James Bond" film, according to the Washington Post.
Shaiman confirmed to the Washington Post that the new musical based on the Roald Dahl children's book will play Broadway. The timeline will be determined by Charlie and the Chocolate Factory director Mendes' filming schedule for the yet-to-be-titled James Bond film.
The world-premiere musical began performances May 22 at London's Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. It officially opened June 25. The London booking recently extended to May 2014.
Directed by Tony, Olivier and Academy Award winner Mendes (Cabaret, "American Beauty"), it has a book by David Greig (Damascus, Outlying Islands), with music and lyrics by Shaiman and lyrics by Wittman – the Tony Award-winning songwriters of Hairspray and "Smash." It has choreography by Tony and Olivier winner Peter Darling (Matilda, Billy Elliot).
The cast is led by Tony and Olivier winner Douglas Hodge (La Cage aux Folles, Cyrano de Bergerac) as Willy Wonka.
According to the creators, "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... A chocolate garden, an army of squirrels and the curiously peculiar Oompa-Loompas must be believed to be seen in this spectacular new musical that is choc-full of fantastical treats to dazzle your senses."
The production is designed by Mark Thompson, with lighting by Paul Pyant and sound by Paul Arditti. Video and projections are by Jon Driscoll, with puppet and illusions by Jamie Harrison. The musical director is Nicholas Skilbeck.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is produced by Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, Neal Street Productions and Kevin McCormick.
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