Broadway’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the musical confection that is based on the children’s book by Roald Dahl and the subsequent film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, will play its final performance. The production will shudder on Sunday, January 14, 2018 after 305 performances. For audiences who did not get to see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on Broadway at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, have no fear. The production will begin national tours in the United States and Australian tours launching in 2018, and the United Kingdom in 2019.
“It has been a privilege to share this timeless story with audiences of all ages”, said producers Mark Kaufman, Kevin McCormick and Caro Newling. “Our remarkable creative team, led by the incomparable Jack O’Brien, have re-imagined the story of Charlie Bucket and Willy Wonka for a new generation. We now look forward to a long life for the production across North America and around the world.”
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory features direction by Jack O’Brien, with a score from Grammy, Emmy and Tony Award winner Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Grammy and Tony Award winners Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman, as well as the Leslie Bricusse/Antony Newley songs from the 1971 Warner Bros. film including “The Candy Man” and “Pure Imagination.” The book by is Artistic Director of Edinburgh’s Royal Lyceum theatre David Greig. Choreography is by Tony Award nominee and Emmy Award winner Joshua Bergasse.
The Broadway company of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory stars two-time Tony Award winner Christian Borle, Jake Ryan Flynn, Ryan Foust, Ryan Sell, Tony Award winner John Rubinstein, Emily Padgett, Ben Crawford, Kathy Fitzgerald, Alan H. Green, Emmy Award nominee Jackie Hoffman, Trista Dollison, F. Michael Haynie, Emma Pfaeffle and Michael Wartella withChip Abbott, Yesenia Ayala, Darius Barnes, Colin Bradbury, Jared Bradshaw, Ryan Breslin, Stephen Carrasco, Kristy Cates, Madeleine Doherty, Paloma Garcia-Lee, Stephanie Gibson, Talya Groves, Cory Lingner, Robin Masella, Elliott Mattox, Monette McKay, Kyle Taylor Parker, Kristin Piro, Amy Quanbeck, Paul Slade Smith, Halli Toland, Katie Webber, Cody Williams, Michael Williams and Mikey Winslow.
Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals and maintains a theater and entertainment blog at markrobinsonwrites.com.