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Why see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory?

the famous book, now a fabulous stage musical!

The acclaimed Broadway musical adaptation of Roald Dahl's beloved children's book is taking North America by storm in its national tour! Proving to be a monster hit with audiences both on Broadway and in London, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory set the record for the highest weekly gross in West End history. It also garnered two Olivier Awards for its lush costumes and creative lighting design and a Drama Desk award for its puppetry! So step into a candy wonderland with this spectacular adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic.

WHAT is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory About?

Willy Wonka is the most famous candy maker in the world, an eccentric confectioner whose sugary treats are works of genius. Yet he is a total recluse, and no one else in the world has ever stepped foot inside his famous chocolate factory. That is until a contest is announced - five golden tickets have been hidden away inside five Wonka chocolate bars, and whoever finds them will be led on a tour of the factory by the mysterious Mr. Wonka himself.

To find a golden ticket would be a dream come true for young Charlie Bucket, but given neither he or his grandparents who take care of him can afford a Wonka Bar, it seems an impossible one. But by a stroke of luck he finds some money on the floor, and rushing into the nearest shop, he buys a solitary Wonka bar and finds something gold glittering under the wrapper.

And so Charlie is one of the chosen few who steps into the chocolate factory, a realm of candy covered delights where nothing is quite as it seems.

DID YOU KNOW?

While it is now considered a family favourite, the 1971 movie version received a mixed reaction upon its release, not least of all from Roald Dahl himself. The author was not a fan of Gene Wilder's portrayal of Willy Wonka, and would have much preferred his actor of choice, Spike Milligan, to have played the part. We do wonder, therefore, what he would have made of Johnny Depp in Tim Burton's remake?

Key Information

Audience

Suitable for ages 8+

Run Time

Two hours and 30 minutes with one interval

Dates

Open until Jul 21

Cast

Cody Garcia as Willy Wonka
Jackson Greenspan, William Goldsman, and Coleman Simmons as Charlie Bucket
Steve McCoy as Grandpa Joe
Claire Leyden as Mrs. Bucket
Audrey Belle Adams as Mrs. Gloop
Zakiya Baptiste as Violet Beauregarde
Katie Fay Francis as Mrs. Teavee
Scott Fuss as Mr. Salt
Branden R. Mangan as Mr. Beauregarde
Angela Palladini as Veruca Salt
Nic Mains as Augustus Gloop
Matthew Boyd Snyder as Mike Teavee

Ensemble
David Nick Alea, Bernie Baldassaro, Gina Daugherty, Nico DiPrimio, Nicole Hale, Camryn Hampton, Joe Hornberger, Fiona Claire Huber, Domanick Anton Hubbard, Melissa J. Hunt, Collin O'Neill, PJ Palmer, Jenna Brooke Scannelli, Lauren Soto, Luis Villar, and Nicole Zelka.

Creative

Directed by Jack O'Brien
Music by Marc Shaiman
Lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman
Book by David Greig
Choreography by Joshua Bergasse
Includes additional songs by Leslie Bricusse and Anothony Newley
Scenic and costume design by Mark Thompson
Lighting design by Japhy Weideman
Sound design by Andrew Keister
Projection design by Jeff Sugg
Pupper and illusion design by Basil Twist
Orchestration by Doug Besterman

Reviews

Our review

Enthralling, exciting, unmissable

What could possibly go wrong? As the lights fade and the fuelled giggles are heard, I realize that a Roald Dahl fan will forever be young at heart! In this marvellously colorful production, Charlie Bucket reminds us that it doesn't matter where you come

Nicola Quinn

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Customer reviews

24 reviews, average rating: (3.3 Stars)

Elise

Amazing!

This show had to be one of the best musicals that I have seen in such a long time. Amazing cast with great sets. ... Read more

L. Wenzel

Amazing talented actors!

From start to finish it was entertaining. I especially enjoyed the subtle humor intertwined with the storyline. Everyone in the cast is extremely talented. ... Read more

Sue Rosenberg

Fun for (almost) all ages!

The first half is somewhat dark as we learn about Charlie’s home life. The 8 year olds sitting behind us barely made it through. If only their parents had had the patience to stay for the second act - they would have been enthralled! The Oompah loompas are incredible!!!! My only regret is that I didn’t bring a stash of chocolate. Sneak some in your pocket (preferably large bars), then as the inevitable cravings begin, share them with your neighbors. They will love you forever!! ... Read more

News

First Look At Charlie And The Chocolate Factory On Tour

First Look At Charlie And The Chocolate Factory On Tour

News Desk, October 23rd, 2018
The Broadway production of Roald Dahl's children's classic Charlie And The Chocolate Factory is finally on the road! Kicking off in Buffalo on September 21, take a look at the cast in action in these brand new images....
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First Look At Charlie And The Chocolate Factory On Tour

First Look At Charlie And The Chocolate Factory On Tour
News Desk, October 23rd, 2018
The Broadway production of Roald Dahl's children's classic Charlie And The Chocolate Factory is finally on the road! Kicking off in Buffalo on September 21, take a look at the cast in action in these brand new images....
Read more

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