Tuesday, April 25, 2017
In Broadway's New Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, a Little Something For Everyone
Vogue: Few modern stories have had as many retellings as the improbable, outlandish, often harrowing Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which Roald Dahl published in 1964—but few have made such a confection of the human state. Since its appearance, Charlie has been adapted into two mainstream films, an opera, and various video games (an irony for a parable of childhood overindulgence, but one its creator might have found truly scrumptious). In 2013 it became a London musical directed by Sam Mendes, with songs by Hairspray team Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, and set a record for weekly box-office grosses in the West End. This spring’s New York production, directed by the Broadway veteran Jack O’Brien, is a ground-up reimagining, complete with new songs, a modified script, and, as envisioned by its star, Christian Borle, a more humanized idea of the candy-making genius.