Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Broadway Cast Recording Sony Masterworks Broadway 5 Stars Order a Copy from Amazon.co.uk I was a HUGE fan of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory when it opened at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane with a score by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. Audiences were presented with a theatrical extravaganza, but what really struck me was the fabulous score which used only one song from the Gene Wilder film. Shaiman and Wittman had pulled off the near impossible by channelling the Wonka zeitgeist, creating new music for Charlie of the same calibre and Bricusse and Newley’s original film score. I was therefore interested to hear that for the Broadway production changes were to be made. More song moments from the film have been integrated, numbers from the London score cut (luckily the London cast album exists!) and new songs written. Christian Borle takes over the spoon … Read more
Roald Dahl’s most treasured tale is coming to the land where sweet dreams come true–Broadway–in a delicious new musical! Willy Wonka, the world famous inventor of the Everlasting Gobstopper, has just made an astonishing announcement. His marvellous–and mysterious–factory is opening its gates…to a lucky few. It’s a world of pure imagination. And who better to conjure up this confectionary wonder than three-time Tony Award®-winning director Jack O’Brien, the Grammy® and Tony-winning songwriters of Hairspray, Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, and internationally acclaimed playwright David Grieg. Audiences around the world have long adored the best-selling book and films, but none have experienced the magic of Wonka quite like this–until now. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory The New Musical: It must be believed to be seen.
Tuesday 13 September 2016 HAPPY BIRTHDAY ROALD DAHL 2016 marks 100 years since the birth of Roald Dahl – the world’s number one storyteller. Throughout 2016, there will be celebrations for Roald Dahl 100, focusing on Roald Dahl’s gloriumptious stories and characters and delivering a year packed with squiffling surprises and treats for everyone. BritishTheatre.com is pleased to bring you some great articles about the master story-teller. You can also plan a visit to see Charlie And The Chocolate Factory in its final year at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane or visit the International Award-winning musical Matilda at London’s Cambridge Theatre. FIND OUT MORE ABOUT ROALD DAHL 100
Over the past few months, we’ve invited you to take part in our first poll to choose the Top 100 Greatest Musicals. Tens of thousands of votes were made and the competition was fierce. Votes came in from musical lovers around the globe, some of you were extremely specific even going down to the productions you liked. In many cases, just a single vote separated each show. Did your favourites make the Top 100? Don’t forget to let us know your thoughts in the Comments section below. 100. Fun Home Fun Home is a relatively new show on the musical theatre scene. Adapted by Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron from Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel of the same name, Fun Home was nominated for twelve 2015 Tony Awards, winning five including Best Musical. 99. Elisabeth https://youtu.be/MOS1VwEWhog Elisabeth is one of the most successful German-language musicals of all time. The musical is … Read more
Producers of the hit musical Charlie And The Chocolate Factory have announced that the production will close during it’s fourth year in London’s West End. The official closing date has yet to be announced. Roald Dahl has been breaking box office records at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, where it has been seen by 1.8 million people since it’s opening in 2013. It currently ranks in the top three longest-running shows at the venue alongside 42nd Street and Miss Saigon. A Broadway production will open in the 2016-17 season and tickets for a UK tour will go on sale next year. Jonathan Slinger continues in the role of Willy Wonka, as do the principal cast members: Barry James as Grandpa Joe, Ross Dawes as Mr Salt, Josefina Gabrielle as Mrs Teavee, Jasna Ivir as Mrs Gloop, Paul J Medford as Mr Beauregarde, Claire Carrie as Grandma Josephine, Lara Denning as … Read more