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By Libby Curran
January 22, 2020
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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory — CANCELLED

The hit sugar-dusted Broadway show is making its way to Brisbane.
By Libby Curran
January 22, 2020
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UPDATE: MARCH 17, 2020 — The Queensland Performing Arts Centre has announced that it will close down all theatres from Tuesday, March 17 until at least Thursday, April 30 "following the meeting of the National Cabinet and the Australian Prime Minister's direction". That affects all shows due to be held during that period, including the entire Brisbane season of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Ticket holders will receive a full refund.

To find out more about the status of COVID-19 in Australia and how to protect yourself, head to the Australian Government Department of Health's website.

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Everyone's favourite 'candy man' hit Aussie shores last year with the smash-hit musical production of Charlie And the Chocolate Factory landing in Sydney. And now, after a stint in Melbourne, it's finally Brisbane's turn — with the show doing a season at QPAC from March.

Roald Dahl's classic sugar-dusted tale is being brought to life in its Australian debut by a collaboration between theatre producers John Frost, Craig Donnell, Langley Park Productions, Neal Street Productions and Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures. Following the worldwide popularity of both the original book and the 1971 Gene Wilder film of the same name, the musical has been confirmed a sweet success internationally, scoring rave reviews during its stint on Broadway and selling out a heap of shows down south.

With original songs like The Candy Man and I've Got a Golden Ticket featured alongside new tunes from the songwriters of Hairspray, this confection of a show promises to lure audiences of all ages into, shall we say, a land of pure imagination. It's directed by three-time Tony Award winner Jack O'Brien, with music by Tony, Grammy and Emmy Award winner Marc Shaiman, lyrics courtesy of Grammy and Tony Award winners Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman, and choreography by Tony Award nominee and Emmy Award winner Joshua Bergasse.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory's Brisbane season will kick off on Wednesday, March 18, with performances running on Tuesday-Sunday.

Top image: Brian Geach.

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