Charlie and the Chocolate Factory the Musical
|Charlie and the Chocolate Factory|
Official London artwork
|Basis||Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl|
|Productions||2013 West End|
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a West End musical written by David Greig, with music and lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. Based on the children's novel of the same name, written by Roald Dahl, it was directed by Sam Mendes. It had its world premiere at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in London on 25 June 2013 with Douglas Hodge as Willy Wonka.
The musical is based on the 1964 children's novel by Roald Dahl. A first reading of the first act from the show was carried out in New York in May 2010, with the intention of opening in London the following year.
Officially confirmed on 18 June 2012, producers announced that the show would play the Theatre Royal Drury Lane beginning in May 2013, with tickets going on sale in October 2012. The show was written by playwright David Greig and directed by Sam Mendes, with choreography by Peter Darling, orchestrations by Doug Besterman, set design by Mark Thompson and lighting design by Paul Pyant. An original score was penned by Marc Shaiman with lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman (Grammy® winners for Hairspray; Smash). The show presents a more contemporary version of the original story.
West End (2013)
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was scheduled to begin previews on 17 May 2013, at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London, before holding its official opening night on 25 June 2013. The show was originally due to open at the London Palladium. Douglas Hodge was cast in the lead role of Willy Wonka, with further casting announced on 11 January 2013. Previews of the show were delayed by five days until 22 May, due to "unforeseen problems in the delivery of a piece of stage engineering by a contractor". Shortly after opening night the booking period for the show was extended until May 2014, with a further extension to November 2014, after approximately 300,000 people having attended the show by October 2013. The production booking has been further extended, and is currently scheduled to run until 30 May 2015. The show currently holds the record for the highest weekly gross in the West End, grossing £1,080,260.00 during the week commencing 30 December 2013. The first major cast change is due to take place in May 2014, when Alex Jennings will replace Hodge as Wonka. A typical West End performance runs 2hrs 30mins, including one intermission.
The play opens with Charlie Bucket searching for valuables in a dump near his home. As he picks up candy wrappers, he speaks with a mysterious tramp, and then heads home ("Almost Nearly Perfect"). His home is a one room shack under a railway arch. As he and his grandparents wait for their cabbage soup to boil, we hear the story of Willy Wonka ("The Amazing Tale of Mr. Willy Wonka"). After Charlie's father returns home dispirited from lack of work, Charlie pens a letter about chocolate, folds it into a paper airplane and sends it flying out into the night ("A Letter from Charlie Bucket").
The next morning, Mrs. Bucket returns home from her night job and news that Willy Wonka is holding a competition. Buy one of his Wonka Bars and you have a chance to find one of five Golden Tickets. A ticket means a visit to the Wonka Chocolate factory and a lifetime's supply of confectionary sweets. Charlie is desperate to win one, but he has no money. On their homemade TV, they hear of the first Golden Ticket winner, an obese boy from Bavaria named Augustus Gloop. Augustus and his mother explain how he won his ticket by eating enormous amounts of chocolate ("More of Him to Love").
They soon learn that another ticket has been found, by a British billionaire's baby ballerina, Veruca Salt. Mr. Salt recounts how he won the ticket for his daughter by buying thousands upon thousands of bars before finally striking "lucky" ("When Veruca Says"). Charlie's birthday arrives, and his grandparents give him a Wonka bar, but are disappointed when there is no Golden Ticket. As he eats, they hear of the discovery of the third Golden Ticket, in Hollywood by wannabe gum-chewing celebrity, Violet Beauregarde. Violet and her father rap about how they will now be even more famous because of the Golden Ticket, and about how Violet is going to be the "Biggest" Diva ever ("The Double Bubble Duchess"). Shortly after, the TV announces Golden Ticket discovery, Mike Teavee and the Teavee family. Mike is a violent and obnoxious bully who is addicted to television and Video Games, and who’s frantic mother spoils him rotten ("It's Teavee Time").
With all but one ticket gone and no money to buy a bar, Charlie is desolate. His parents sing about how they wish they could raise their son together and about how they hope for a better life ("If Your Mother Were Here"). Winter comes, and one day Charlie finds some money dropped by a rich couple. Encouraged by the mysterious tramp, he buys a Wonka bar, and finds inside a Golden Ticket that prompts Grandpa Joe to get out of bed and walk for the first time in forty years ('Don't Ya Pinch Me, Charlie'). On the day the are to enter Willy Wonka’s factory, Charlie and Grandpa Joe feel out of place amidst all the hoopla on the red carpet. Finally, the moment of truth arrives. With a choral fanfare, the factory door swings open and all eyes to turn to see the mysterious Willy Wonka, invites the Golden Ticket Winners into his factory to see all the wonders there ("It Must Be Believed to Be Seen").
Willy Wonka gathers the ticket winners explains the rules and regulations with his own brand of somersaulting words (“Strike That! Reverse It!”). With the contracts signed, Wonka waves his cane and reveals a wonderful garden of candy delights. As the children explore this sugary wonderland, the bewildered adults ask Wonka what its purpose is. Wonka bemusedly explains that is his artwork (“Simply Second Nature”). Veruca breaks the reverie with a scream as Augustus is drinking from the waterfall, into which he falls. As he is sucked up the chocolate extraction pipe, the families look up to see dozens of tiny workers in red boiler suits named Oompa-Loompas, who make no effort to try and save Augustus, instead sing about how tasty he will be once he has been made into fudge (“Auf Wiedersehen Augustus Gloop”).
Augustus is gone but Wonka is more concerned about the possible contamination of bones in his toffee. The party is shocked and mortified, but Wonka assures them that he'll be fine. The next room is the Inventing Room, where white coated Oompa-Loompas mix and stir. Wonka gives each child an Everlasting Gobstopper, but Violet is unimpressed. Wonka shows her his latest creation, chewing gum which includes an entire 3-Course Dinner. When Violet sees the gum, she pops it into her mouth. Wonka warns her to stop chewing before dessert, but Violet ignores him and begins to turn purple and swell up like a giant blueberry. The Oompa-Loompas break out their platform shoes and blast funky music rotating the enormous fruit over their heads like a giant purple disco ball (“Juicy!”). Violet explodes in a shower of purple blueberry goo and glitter, but Wonka is unconcerned, sending Mr. Beauregarde to the Juicing Room, assuring that it can get her back to normal.
Wonka next leads the party on a high speed tour around the crazy corridors of his factory until, disoriented, they arrive at the Nut Room. Good nuts are kept and bad nuts are thrown away down a rubbish chute. Veruca demands a squirrel. When Wonka refuses, she takes matters into her own hands, rushing to grab one for herself, instead she is judged a “bad nut”, and she and her father are sent down the bad nut chute, as Oompa-Loompas riding on the back of giant mutant squirrels dance a nightmarish ballet (“Veruca's Nutcracker Sweet”). Again, Wonka assures the remaining visitors that Veruca and he father will be all right.
Wonka leads the group through dark cellars, where all his mistakes are kept, finally arriving at a room he calls, The Department of the Future. Wonka demonstrates Chocolate Television. Mike is intrigued and despite Wonka's protests, he puts himself before the cameras, presses the remote and disappears in a puff of smoke. Mike hops from screen to screen until they finally pull him out, leaving him at only 6-inches tall (“Vidiots!”). Mrs. Teevee is relieved as she won’t have to worry about him causing big problems any more, and she places him in her purse and leaves the factory quite satisfied.
Charlie is the only child left. When Grandpa Joe asks about their lifetime supply of confectionary sweets, Mr. Wonka casually dismisses them saying that the gobstopper Charlie had got was the lifetime supply of confectionary. Grandpa Joe is angry but Charlie defuses the situation saying that an everlasting gobstopper is still an amazing present. When he leaves with Grandpa Joe, Charlie opens a book which contains all of Wonka’s ideas, adding a few of his own to the blank pages in the back. Wonka silently returns, and seeing Charlie’s additions, he tells him he’s won, inviting Charlie into his Great Glass Elevator so that he can show him his prize, the chocolate factory (“Pure Imagination”).
When they return to earth, Wonka announces he’s leaving, and that Charlie is now in charge (“A Little Me”). He disappears, but as the Bucket family moves into the factory, Charlies sees the mysterious Tramp outside the gates, who is revealed as Willie Wonka. As the Oompa-Loompas and Charlie wave goodbye from the factory windows, Willy Wonka vanishes, leaving Charlie to ponder all of the adventures that are to come (“It Must Be Believed to Be Seen Reprise”).
A London original cast album was released on 7 October 2013.
|Charlie and the Chocolate Factory the Musical|
|Soundtrack album cast recording by Various|
|Released||7 October 2013|
|Label||Sony Classical Records|
|2.||"Almost Nearly Perfect"||2:57|
|3.||"The Amazing Fantastical History Of Mr. Willy Wonka"||5:23|
|4.||"A Letter From Charlie Bucket"||3:33|
|5.||"News Of Augustus"||1:03|
|6.||"More Of Him To Love"||2:12|
|7.||"News Of Veruca"||0:36|
|8.||"When Veruca Says"||1:34|
|9.||"News Of Violet"||0:26|
|10.||"The Double Bubble Duchess"||2:48|
|11.||"News Of Mike"||0:09|
|12.||"It's Teavee Time"||3:27|
|13.||"If Your Mother Was Here"||3:41|
|14.||"Don'cha Pinch Me Charlie"||6:04|
|15.||"It Must Be Believed To Be Seen"||4:35|
|16.||"Strike That, Reverse It"||5:30|
|17.||"The Chocolate Room"||1:32|
|18.||"Simply Second Nature"||3:24|
|20.||"Auf Wiedersehen Augustus Gloop"||2:34|
|23.||"Veruca's Nutcracker Sweet"||2:15|
|26.||"A Little Me"||2:40|
|27.||"It Must Be Believed To Be Seen (reprise)"||2:06|
Principal roles and cast members
|Character||Original West End actor|
|Charlie Bucket||Jack Costello, Tom Klenerman, Isaac Rouse, Louis Suc|
|Willy Wonka||Douglas Hodge|
|Grandpa Joe||Nigel Planer|
|Mr. Salt||Clive Carter|
|Veruca Salt||Polly Allen, Tia Noakes, Ellie Simons|
|Mrs. Gloop||Jasna Ivir|
|Augustus Gloop||Harrison Slater, Jenson Steele, Regan Stokes|
|Mr. Beauregarde||Paul J. Medford|
|Violet Beauregarde||India Ria Amarteifio, Adrianna Bertola, Jade Johnson, Mya Olaye|
|Mrs. Teavee||Iris Roberts|
|Mike Teavee||Jay Heyman, Adam Mitchell, Luca Toomey|
|Grandma Georgina||Myra Sands|
|Mrs. Bucket||Alex Clatworthy|
|Mrs. Pratchett||Michelle Bishop|
|Jerry/Lovebird Man||Ross Dawes|
|Cherry/Lovebird Woman||Kate Graham|
|Mr. Bucket||Jack Shalloo|
In November 2013 the contracts of Adrianna Bertola, India Ria Amarteifio, Louis Suc, Isaac Rouse, Tom Klenerman, Regan Stokes, Harrison Slater, Ellie Simons and Polly Allen ran out. Since then Matilda Belton and Scarlet Roche were added to the role of Veruca Salt, Alexzander Griffiths and Dane Juler were added to the cast playing Augustus Gloop. Also Keir Edkins-O'Brien, Oliver Finnegan and Troy Tipple became Charlie Bucket and Lauren Halil joined Johnson and Olaye as Violet Beauregarde.
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The West End production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory received mixed to positive reviews from critics. While the physical production and quality of the performances were generally praised, the score and storytelling received criticism.
Awards and nominations
|2013||Evening Standard Award||Best Night Out||Nominated|||
|2014||Whatsonstage.com Awards||Best New Musical||Nominated|||
|Best Actor in a Musical||Douglas Hodge||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actor in a Musical||Nigel Planer||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actress in a Musical||Iris Roberts||Nominated|
|Best Set Designer||Mark Thompson||Won|
|Best Choreographer||Peter Darling||Won|
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