Washington, D.C. (Monday, March 9, 2020)–Roald Dahl’s CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORYwill 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 fromHairspray.
Tickets for CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY may be purchased atTheNationalDC.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 isCody Garcia, withBrody Bettand Ryan Umbarilaalternating in the title role of Charlie Bucket.
They will be joined bySteve McCoyas Grandpa Joe,Caitlin Lester-Samsas Mrs. Bucket,Audrey Belle Adamsas Mrs. Gloop,Zakiya Baptisteas Violet Beauregarde,Katie Fay Francisas Mrs. Teavee,Scott Fussas Mr. Salt,Branden R. Manganas Mr. Beauregarde,Angela Palladinias Veruca Salt,Sam St. Jeanas Augustus Gloop, andMatthew Boyd Snyderas Mike Teavee.
The cast will also featureDavid Nick Alea,Darius Aushay,Bella Calafiura,Gina Daugherty,Nicole Hale,Domanick Anton Hubbard,Melissa J. Hunt,Ryan Kiernan,Alysha Morgan,Daniel Pahl,Jenna Brooke Scannelli,Justin William Schaffner,Lauren Soto,Luis Villar,Justin White, andNicole Zelka.
Roald Dahl’s CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY features direction byMatt Lenz, based on the national tour’s original direction by three-time Tony Award® winnerJack O’Brien. Original music by Grammy®, Emmy® and Tony Award® winnerMarc Shaiman, lyrics by Grammy® and Tony Award® winnersScott WittmanandMarc Shaiman,a book by Artistic Director of Edinburgh’s Royal Lyceum TheatreDavid Greig, based on original choreography by Tony Award® nominee and Emmy Award® winnerJoshua Bergasse, and includes additional songs byLeslie BricusseandAnthony Newleyfrom 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® nomineeMark Thompson, which has been recreated byChristine Peters; lighting design by four-time Tony Award® nomineeJaphy Weideman, sound design byAndrew Keister, projection design byJeff Sugg, puppet and illusion design by Obie and Drama Desk Award winnerBasil Twist, orchestrations by three-time Tony Award® winnerDoug Besterman, and music supervision byNicholas 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’sThe Phantom of the Opera,Les Misérables,Miss Saigon,The Band’s Visit,A Bronx Tale,Blue Man Group: Speechless Tour,Fiddler on the Roof,Once On This Island,Nickelodeon’s The SpongeBob Musical, andWaitress.
ABOUT ROALD DAHL AND HIS LEGACY
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 winningMatilda The Musicalfrom 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.