Washington, D.C. (Monday, March 9, 2020) – Roald Dahl’s CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY will make its D.C. debut at the National Theatre from April 7-12, 2020 as part of a national tour. The hit Broadway musical features 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 from Hairspray.

Tickets for CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY may be purchased at TheNationalDC.com, by calling 1-800-514-3849, or in person at the National Theatre Box Office (Monday-Friday from 12 pm-6 pm and two hours prior to every performance). The National Theatre is located at 1321 Pennsylvania Avenue NW in downtown Washington, D.C.

Roald Dahl’s CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY tells the story of Willy Wonka, the world-famous inventor of the Everlasting Gobstopper, who has just made an astonishing announcement. His marvelous — and mysterious — the factory is opening its gates… to a lucky few. That includes young Charlie Bucket, whose life definitely needs sweetening. He and four other golden ticket winners will embark on a mesmerizing, life-changing journey through Wonka’s world of pure imagination. Get ready for Oompa-Loompas, incredible inventions, the great glass elevator, and more, more, more at this everlasting showstopper!

Leading the cast as the extraordinary chocolate maker Willy Wonka is Cody Garcia, with Brody Bett and Ryan Umbarila alternating in the title role of Charlie Bucket.

They will be joined by Steve McCoy as Grandpa Joe, Caitlin Lester-Sams as Mrs. Bucket, Audrey Belle Adams as Mrs. Gloop, Zakiya Baptiste as Violet Beauregarde, Katie Fay Francis as Mrs. Teavee, Scott Fuss as Mr. Salt, Branden R. Mangan as Mr. Beauregarde, Angela Palladini as Veruca Salt, Sam St. Jean as Augustus Gloop, and Matthew Boyd Snyder as Mike Teavee.

The cast will also feature David Nick AleaDarius AushayBella CalafiuraGina DaughertyNicole HaleDomanick Anton HubbardMelissa J. HuntRyan KiernanAlysha MorganDaniel PahlJenna Brooke ScannelliJustin William SchaffnerLauren SotoLuis VillarJustin White, and Nicole Zelka

Roald Dahl’s CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY features direction by Matt Lenz, based on the national tour’s original direction by three-time Tony Award® winner Jack O’Brien. Original 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, based on original 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.

Roald Dahl’s CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY features original scenic and costume design by five-time Tony Award® nominee Mark Thompson, which has been recreated by Christine Peters; 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.

NETworks Presentations, LLC (Producer), is an industry-leading producer of touring musical theater productions committed to delivering quality entertainment to audiences worldwide. Having produced national and international tours over 20 years, NETworks’ productions include Cameron Mackintosh’s The Phantom of the OperaLes MisérablesMiss SaigonThe Band’s VisitA Bronx TaleBlue Man Group: Speechless TourFiddler on the RoofOnce On This IslandNickelodeon’s The SpongeBob Musical, and Waitress.

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 number one 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,” 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.

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