Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Summary

  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is 2.5 Hours long, including an intermission of 15 Minutes
  • 8 Shows per week
  • Previews Began: March 28, 2017
  • Opens April 23, 2017
  • Show Closed: January 14, 2018

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a new musical based off the 1964 children’s book by Roald Dahl, which has also been adapted into several films among other media. The story is about a poor child Charlie Bucket who finds a winning ticket to go to Willy Wonka's chocolate factory. Thus begins a fantastical tale in which the lucky children fall one by one to the mysterious pitfalls of the magical factory. At the end, only Charlie remains, and gets to ride in a great glass elevator.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on Broadway Background

The musical has a book by David Greig, music by Marc Shaiman and lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. That songwriting duo was also behind the musicals Hairspray, Catch Me If You Can, Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me, as well as the television show “Smash.” For the Broadway production, the show has taken on a new director since the London incarnation: Jack O’Brien, whose recent directorial credits include It’s Only a Play, Dead Accounts, Macbeth, The Nance and Catch Me If You Can.

The most well-known adaptations are the 1971 film, which was directed by Mel Stuart and starred Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka, and the 2005 film, which was directed by Tim Burton and starred Johnny Depp. The musical version premiered in London’s West End, where it has been playing since May 2013 at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane

What makes the name of the show a bit complicated is that the original book was named Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the 1971 movie was Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and the 2005 movie was back to the original book name of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

What’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Like?

In this production, the role of Willy Wonka is played by Christian Borle, who has won two Tony Awards for his performances in Peter and the Starcatcher as well as Something Rotten! and the television show “Smash.” Furthermore, Borle steps off of Something Rotten! and into a brief run in a Lincoln Center production of Falsettos, in the role of Marvin. This show will be in good hands; a timeless classic, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is the story of a young boy named Charlie Bucket, who finds a golden ticket inside a chocolate bar, which leads him to an adventure inside Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory.

Is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Good for Kids?

The show is appropriate for a family audience, and is most suitable for children aged 6 and up. Children under the age of 4 will not be permitted in the theatre.

Theatre Information

Lunt Fontanne Theatre

205 West 46th Street
New York, NY 10019
Seats: 1,509
Entrance: 46th Street, between 8th and Broadway
Theatre Information

Lunt Fontanne Theatre Seating Chart

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Marquee

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Marquee

Cast Members

Willy Wonka
Christian Borle
Charlie Bucket
Jake Ryan Flynn + Ryan Foust + Ryan Sell
Mr. Salt
Ben Crawford
Grandpa Joe
John Rubinstein
Mrs.Gloop
Kathy Fitzegrald
Mrs. Bucket
Emily Padgett
Veruca Salt
Emma Pfaeffle
Mrs.Teavee
Jackie Hoffman
Mike Teavee
Michael Wartella
Violet Beauregard
Trista Dollison
Augustus Gloop
F. Michael Haynie
Mr. Beauregard
Alan H. Green

Producers

Langley Park Productions

Warner Bros Theatre Ventures

Kevin McCormick

Neal Street Productions

Production Credits

Direction
Jack O'Brien
Choreography
Joshua Bergasse
Lyrics
Scott Wittman
Book
David Greig
Music
Marc Shaiman
Set and Costume Design
Mark Thompson
Light Design
Japhy Weideman
Puppets
Basil Twist
Orchestrations
Doug Besterman
Musical Supervision
Nicholas Skilbeck
Production Stage Manager
Michael J Passaro

Creative Team

General Manager
Foresight Theatrical LLC
Company Manager
Marc Borsak at Foresight Theaterical LLC
Casting Director
Rachel Hoffman at Telsey + Company
Advertising Representative
AKA NYC
Press Agent
Polk & Co