Oompa loompa doompety doo.
TPAC has the perfect show for you.
Step inside a world of pure imagination with Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, coming to TPAC’s Jackson Hall June 9-14.
The deliciously dark children’s classic has been turned into a Broadway musical from three-time Tony Award-winning director Jack O’Brien and the Grammy Tony-winning songwriters of Hairspray, Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman.
Since Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was first published in 1964, it has sold millions of copies worldwide and is considered a classic of children’s literature.
The comic novel — centralizing around an eccentric candy maker named Willy Wonka and the contest he cooks up for five children to win a tour of his factory and a lifetime supply of chocolate — has inspired two memorable films: 1971’s musical Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, starring Gene Wilder in the title role and 2005’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, with Johnny Depp as the candy craftsman.
Everyone knows the story.
Willy Wonka, world famous inventor of the Everlasting Gobstopper, who has just announced he’s opening his marvelous and mysterious chocolate factory — but only to a lucky few. That includes Charlie Bucket, whose bland life is about to burst with color and confection beyond his wildest dreams. Charlie joins fellow golden ticket-winners Violet Beauregarde, Augustus Gloop, Veruca Salt and Mike Teavea on a mesmerizing joyride through a labyrinth of luscious edible adventure.
As anyone familiar with the book or the films knows, Wonka ultimately selects one child — the kind-hearted, impoverished Charlie Bucket — to inherit his factory. It’s a story where good prevails and the bad are banished. Do you have your golden ticket, Nashville?
Featuring the beloved songs from the 1971 film, including “Pure Imagination,” “The Candy Man” and “I’ve Got a Golden Ticket,” this is truly a show for the whole family.
Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory features 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.
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, projection design by Jeff Sugg, puppet and illusion design by Obie and Drama Desk Award winner Basil Twist, orchestrations by three-time Tony Award-winner Doug Besterman and music supervision by Nicholas Skilbeck.
What wonders await? Charlie knows, and he’s spilling the jellybeans June 9-14 at TPAC’s Jackson Hall.
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