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.
There is noting rotten here. Rather, Something Rotten is firm, juicy, fruity, perfectly cultivated, tart, sweet, and every segment, every layer that is peeled back, is full of life. It is almost an orgasm of enjoyment; an ode to the musical form, one that both satirises it’s subject and treats it with loving affection. Broadway will be hard pressed to find a tighter, more superbly tuned company than this one.