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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

The hit sugar-dusted Broadway show is finally making its way to Brisbane.
By Concrete Playground
August 30, 2021
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By Concrete Playground
August 30, 2021
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Everyone's favourite 'candy man' first made his way to Aussie shores back in 2019, which is when the smash-hit musical production of Charlie And the Chocolate Factory premiered in Sydney. After also travelling to Melbourne the same year, it was meant to make the trip Brisbane in 2020; however, the pandemic had other plans.

Thankfully, Brisbanites aren't missing out on the popular musical. Instead, it's now bring its song-filled stage show to the Queensland Performing Arts Centre's Lyric Theatre in September. Flowers won't be the only thing blooming around the city between Thursday, September 2–Sunday, September 26 — because a hankering for more than a few sweet treats will be, too.

In the popular musical, Roald Dahl's classic sugar-dusted tale is brought to life 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, the musical has been confirmed a sweet success internationally, scoring rave reviews during its stint on Broadway and selling out a heap of shows in Sydney.

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.

Images: Brian Geach.

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