Are you ready for a journey to a world of pure imagination? Roald Dahl’s classic children’s book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is going to take center stage in New York next year in the form of a musical adaptation.
This isn’t the first time that Dahl’s book has become a stage sensation. According to The New York Times, a version of the musical (pictured above) has been running in London’s West End since 2013. That version has been a commercial success, and organizers are expecting similar results here. Critics, however, were a bit less kind than audiences were – and, as a result, the musical will get a few revisions before it opens in its new stateside home.
What does that mean? Well, among other things, it’s expected to mean the inclusion of songs from the 1971 film Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. That’s not to say that the new version will be a stage adaptation of the movie, though. Like the London version, the musical will draw its inspiration primarily from the text of Dahl’s original 1964 book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
The musical’s announcement is big news for American fans of Roald Dahl’s classic book, but we’ll all have to be a little patient: the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory musical isn’t scheduled to open in New York until Spring of 2017. In the meantime, you can catch the other Dahl adaptation currently on Broadway: Matilda!