Christian Borle has been tapped to play the famed candy maker Willy Wonka in the Broadway premiere production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the new musical based on Roald Dahl’s seminal children’s book.
Director Jack O’Brien commented, “Christian was the first — and in truth, perhaps the only person I could imagine to create the role of Willy: His combination of child-like fantasy, edge, mystery, and sheer star power seemed destined for this role.”
Borle, a two-time Tony winner for Peter and the& Starcatcher and Something Rotten!, has also starred on Broadway in the original casts of Spamalot and Legally Blonde; television credits include Smash, Masters of Sex, The Good Wife, and the upcoming revival of Gilmore Girls.
The show features music by Marc Shaiman and lyrics by Shaiman and partner Scott Wittman, the gentlemen responsible for Hairspray, Catch Me If You Can, and oh so many songs in Smash. David Greig penned the book, with choreography by Joshua Bergasse and direction by O’Brien.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory premiered in London in June 2013, directed by Sam Mendes and choreographed by Peter Darling. The show begins previews on Broadway in March 2017 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre (currently home to Finding Neverland).