Broadway has gotten a little sweeter in anticipation of the opening of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the stage musical, which joins the 1971 and 2005 films based on Roald Dahl's beloved book. The show is finally arriving in NYC after a long run on London's West End, where I first saw it in 2013, and again last September. I'm really looking forward to see the American production (it is being referred to as "retooled for Broadway"), most especially because Tony Award-winner Christian Borle is playing Willy Wonka! You'll remember him from his Tony-winning turns as Black Stache in Peter and the Starcatcher and William Shakespeare in Something Rotten!. Oh, and that television show [I still miss it!!!] Smash. No one does charmingly, irresistably sinister like Christian Borle!!
The show begins inside-the-theater previews on March 28 '17, but if you don't want to wait, you can enjoy the whimsy right now on W 46th St! I love the Lunt-Fontanne theater for its grand exterior, wonderful banner marquees, and good seating plan, but I don't think its facade has ever been put to better use, or stolen my heart the way it has with Charlie. I suspect there's a bit of Charlie in all of us...and maybe a smidge of impish Oompa Loompa as well...
Take a look at the "pure imagination"!:
Watch Christian Borle talk about Charlie...