Willy Wonka will open the gates to his chocolate factory next spring, when a new musical based on Roald Dahl’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” begins performances on Broadway.
The new musical comes after an acclaimed run in London’s West End, which began in June 2013 and is slated to end in January 2017.
The score is written by the Tony-winning team of Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (“Hairspray”), who will reunite with “Hairspray” director Jack O’Brien on the Broadway staging. David Greg will adapt Dahl’s book for the stage, with Joshua Bergasse (NBC’s “Smash”) choreographing.
No casting, theater, or opening dates have been announced at this time.
“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” tells the story of a young boy who wins the opportunity to tour the factory of world famous candy-maker Willy Wonka. Along the way, he meets a cast of characters as imaginative as Wonka’s world itself, including the iconic army of Oompa-Loompas.
Dahl’s book was first published in 1964, and has been adapted into two motion pictures: 1971’s Gene Wilder-led “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” and 2005’s Johhny Depp-led “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.”
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