The secrets of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory the musical revealed
Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is being brought to the London stage this spring as a full-blown West End musical at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in the heart of Theatreland. Director Sam Mendes opens his brand new musical in London’s West End with previews from the 18th May 2013.
The creators behind what promises to be London’s hot new musical have revealed just how they have gone about bringing Roald Dahl’s magical tale to the London stage.
Writer David Greig is an award-winning playwright responsible for ‘The Bacchae’ and ‘Tintin In Tibet’. David wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory not as a musical but as a play. He has stuck fairly faithfully to the original book. David wrote the show as a play with no songs, which were later added by composer Marc Shaiman and lyricist Scott Wittman.
David said he read the book and went through a process whereby he underlined everything that was said by a character to adapt the story in to a show script. He then also underlined everything that appeared to him that was akin to a stage direction, so the according to David the words are very much Roald Dahl’s.
David is a prolific writer, and according to Marc Shaiman he writes a play a week!
Grammy Award winners Marc Shaiman, the musical’s composer, and lyricist Scott Wittman won Grammys for the musicals Hairspray and Smash. They were presented with the stage adaptation and then went through and added the songs. Lyricist Scott Whitman said he made a list of words that Roald Dahl uses, many of them unusual words. Scott then placed the list on the piano where Marc would compose the music and the words leapt out and were turned in to phrases which became the basis for the songs.
Marc and Scott worked under extreme pressure having to produce a song a week until the score was finished.
The story revolves around impoverished Charlie Bucket, who wins a golden ticket to the weird and wonderful Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory. Along with four other children, it’s the chance of a lifetime to feast on the sweets and chocolates and discover the secrets of the mysterious Willy Wonka. But, beyond the gates astonishment awaits, as down the sugary corridors, and amongst the chocolate rivers and trained squirrels, the five lucky winners discover not everything is as sweet as it seems and some of the spoilt brats meet a decidedly sticky end..
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory opens for previews from 18 May 2013 with discounted ticket prices. The world premiere opening press night is scheduled for 25th June 2013. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is open for booking now. Click here for tickets for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.