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The 'Charlie And the Chocolate Factory' Musical Is Coming to Melbourne

The hit Broadway show made its Australian premiere in Sydney earlier in the year, and will make its way down to Melbourne in August.
By Libby Curran
March 12, 2019
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The 'Charlie And the Chocolate Factory' Musical Is Coming to Melbourne

The hit Broadway show made its Australian premiere in Sydney earlier in the year, and will make its way down to Melbourne in August.
By Libby Curran
March 12, 2019
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Everyone's favourite 'candy man' hit Aussie shores in January, with the smash-hit musical production of Charlie And the Chocolate Factory hitting the stage in Sydney. And now, it's Melbourne's turn, with the announcement that the show will do a season at Her Majesty's Theatre from this August.

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 last year 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.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory's Sydney season will kick off on August 9, 2019, with performances running on Wednesday to Sunday. Tickets will go on sale on Friday, March 15 at charliethemusical.com.au.

Top image: Joan Marcus, the original Broadway cast 2017.

Published on March 12, 2019 by Libby Curran

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