Roald Dahl’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” Shatters All-Time Box Office Record at Broadway’s Lunt-Fontanne Theatre With $2,054,877.00 Weekly Gross (January 2, 2018 – New York, NY) – Roald Dahl’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” shattered the all-time box office record at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre for the week ending December 31, 2017. Roald Dahl’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’s” gross for the week was $2,054,877.00, the highest for any eight or nine-performance week at the Lunt Fontanne Theatre. Prior to Roald Dahl’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” Motown held the house record ($1,708,597.00), set in 2013. There are two remaining weeks to see Roald Dahl’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” on Broadway before the production launches a U.S. national tour in September 2018. The final Broadway performance is on Sunday, January 14, 2018 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre (205 West 46th Street).
With direction by three-time Tony Award winner Jack O’Brien, Roald Dahl’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” features music by Grammy, Emmy and Tony Award winner Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Grammy and Tony Award winners Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman, a book by Artistic Director of Edinburgh’s Royal Lyceum theatre David Greig, choreography by Tony Award nominee and Emmy Award winner Joshua Bergasse and includes additional songs by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley from the 1971 Warner Bros. motion picture.
The Broadway company of Roald Dahl’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” stars two-time Tony Award winner Christian Borle, Jake Ryan Flynn, Ryan Foust, Ryan Sell, Tony Award winner John Rubinstein, Emily Padgett, Ben Crawford, Kathy Fitzgerald, Alan H. Green, Emmy Award nominee Jackie Hoffman, Trista Dollison, F. Michael Haynie, Emma Pfaeffle and Michael Wartella with Chip Abbott, Yesenia Ayala, Darius Barnes, Colin Bradbury, Jared Bradshaw, Ryan Breslin, Stephen Carrasco, Kristy Cates, Madeleine Doherty, Paloma Garcia-Lee, Stephanie Gibson, Talya Groves, Cory Lingner, Robin Masella, Elliott Mattox, Monette McKay, Kyle Taylor Parker, Kristin Piro, Amy Quanbeck, Paul Slade Smith, Halli Toland, Katie Webber, Cody Williams, Michael Williams and Mikey Winslow.
Roald Dahl’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” features scenic and costume design by five-time Tony Award nominee Mark Thompson, lighting design by four-time Tony Award nominee Japhy Weideman, sound design by Andrew Keister, puppet and illusion design by Obie and Drama Desk Award winner Basil Twist, projection design by Jeff Sugg, special effects design by Jeremy Chernick, orchestrations by three-time Tony Award winner Doug Besterman and music direction and supervision by Nicholas Skilbeck.
Roald Dahl’s treasured tale is now Broadway’s Golden Ticket! It’s the perfect recipe for a delectable treat: songs from the original film, including “Pure Imagination,” “The Candy Man” and “I’ve Got a Golden Ticket,” alongside a toe-tapping and ear-tickling new score from the songwriters of “Hairspray.”
Willy Wonka is opening his marvelous and mysterious chocolate factory…to a lucky few. That includes Charlie Bucket, whose bland life is about to sweeten with color and confection beyond his wildest dreams. He and four other golden ticket winners will embark on a mesmerizing joyride through a world of pure imagination. Now’s your chance to experience the wonders of Wonka like never before—get ready for Oompa-Loompas, incredible inventions, the great glass elevator and more, more, more at this everlasting showstopper!
The Broadway production of Roald Dahl’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” is produced by Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures (Mark Kaufman), Langley Park Productions (Kevin McCormick) and Neal Street Productions (Sam Mendes, Caro Newling).
The U.S. national tour Roald Dahl’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” will launch in September 2018, and there are also plans for an international tour launching in Australia in 2018 and the United Kingdom in 2019. A confirmed production timeline will be announced soon.
Masterworks Broadway’s Original Broadway Cast Recording of Roald Dahl’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” is available digitally and in-stores. The album is produced by Scott Riesett (“Hairspray LIVE!,” “Grease LIVE!,” “Catch Me If You Can”).
The Broadway performance schedule for Roald Dahl’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” is as follows: Monday and Tuesday at 7pm, Friday and Saturday at 8pm, and Sunday at 6:30pm, with matinees on Wednesday at 1pm, Saturday at 2pm and Sunday at 1pm.
Tickets for Roald Dahl’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” range from $69 - $160, and are available at www.Ticketmaster.com (877.250.2929). A limited number of $40 general rush tickets (including the $2 facility fee) will be available at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre box office (205 West 46th Street) when it opens for that day’s performance(s). Limited to two tickets per person, tickets are subject to availability. Cash and major credit cards are accepted.
About Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures:
Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures (WBThV) develops and produces first-class musicals and stage productions from the company’s expansive catalogue. The division is currently readying “A Star is Born” (Director: Bill Condon), “Beetlejuice” (Director: Alex Timbers), “Dave” (Score: Tom Kitt & Nell Benjamin) and “Dog Day Afternoon” (Playwright: Stephen Adly Guirgis) for the stage. WBThV was previously represented on the West End by the Olivier Award-winning musical “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and on Broadway by the holiday hit “Elf” and Tony Award Best Play winner “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.” WBThV also licenses third-party stage rights including such productions as “The Bodyguard,” “Singin’ in the Rain,” “Hairspray,” “The Wizard of Oz,” “The Color Purple” and “42nd Street.”
About Roald Dahl and His Legacy:
Roald Dahl (1916-1990) was a spy, ace fighter-pilot, chocolate historian and medical inventor. He was also the author of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “Matilda,” “The BFG” and many more brilliant stories. He remains the World’s No.1 storyteller. Sitting in a hut at the bottom of his garden, surrounded by odd bits and pieces such as a suitcase (used as a footrest), his own hipbone (which he’d had replaced) and a heavy ball of metal foil (made from years’ worth of chocolate wrappers), he went on to write some of the world’s best-loved children’s stories. His first children’s story, “James and the Giant Peach,” was published in 1961, was a hit and every subsequent book became a best-seller.
Today, his stories are available in 58 languages and, by a conservative estimate, he has sold more than 250 million books. Many of these stories have also been adapted for stage and screen, including the 1971 film classic “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” Wes Anderson’s acclaimed “Fantastic Mr Fox,” the multi-award winning “Matilda The Musical” from the RSC with music by Tim Minchin, and Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster “The BFG.” The latest adaptation is “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory the Musical” which opened on Broadway in April 2017 following three Golden years on London’s West End.
Like on Roald Dahl’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” on Facebook at Facebook.com/CharlieOnBway/.
Follow on Twitter & Instagram at @CharlieOnBway.
For more information visit: www.CharlieOnBroadway.com