Running since March 2017 Young Charlie Bucket wins the opportunity to visit the world famous chocolate factory of candy inventor Willy Wonka in this musical adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic tale.
From the producers: 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.
British author Roald Dahl's "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" was first published in 1964. The book was adapted into two major motion pictures: "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory" in 1971, starring Gene Wilder, and "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" in 2005, starring Johnny Depp.
Tony Award winner Christian Borle ("Something Rotten," "Peter and the Starcatcher") stars as Willy Wonka in this Broadway premiere. The Olivier and Evening Standard Award-winning London production has broken house records at Theatre Royal Drury Lane, where it has been seen by more than 1.8 million people since it opened in June 2013.
A middle-of-the-road musical with a pale score, a flavorless book and a dearth of eye candy...Songs bog down in exposition. There are silver linings...Oompa Loompas get plenty of stage time and are conjured cleverly. Famous songs from the 1971 movie are happily in the mix. Heading a large, game and polished cast, Borle has panache as Wonka. He plays the chocolate maker as snarky, not all that sinister. This Ooma Loompa Doom-Pa-Dee Do-Over still needs work.
The roles are mostly well played, Grieg's book is fine, the songs are serviceable, and the sets are fairly clever, but none of it is...transporting. Hands down, the best thing about the new production is Borle as Wonka. [He] handles the near-impossible task remarkably well. What is [surprising] is how flat most of the musical feels. From the moment the curtain raises until the moment it finally drops, there's a sense that something is missing. Something magical.