Friday, 8 January 2016

GOSSIP: Further details revealed for Broadway transfer of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

As previously reported by West End Frame, the West End production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is transferring to Broadway for the 2016-17 season.

Last month it was announced that Sam Mendes, who directed the show in London, will not direct the Broadway transfer. 

Having opened at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in July 2013, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has book by David Greig as well as music and lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman.

Now the Daily Mail's Baz Bamigboye has confirmed that Jack O’Brien - who worked with Shaiman and Wittman on Hairspray - will direct the musical on Broadway, as previously rumored.

Bamigboye has also revealed further details about the Broadway transfer; Josh Bergasse is replacing Peter Darling as choreographer as Darling is "too busy" working on the premiere of Groundhog Day at the Old Vic.

Set and costume designer Mark Thompson and writer David Greig have travelled to New York to work on the show with the rest of the creative team who are apparently deciding which of five new songs will be added into the Broadway version of the musical. 

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory will be staged in a theatre smaller to the Drury Lane so various elements are being redesigned, whilst plans are being made for a "more manageable" version of the show which can tour the UK and U.S. in the next two or three years. 

Finally Bamigboye teases that the famous song 'Pure Imagination' will remain in the show; however, "audiences may not have to wait all night to hear it". 


Photo Credit: Helen Maybanks

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