Willy Wonka: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Broadway show teasers
Calling all candy lovers!
Broadway has a big treat in store next spring, and it’s a delectable concoction ready to satisfy any sweet tooth looking for a golden ticket.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is coming to Broadway next year, and PEOPLE, Time and Entertainment Weekly have an exclusive look at its first set of teaser trailers.
Mysterious purple clouds take over the city in one clip as a purple car with a curiously dressed man roams the city. As he steps out and taps his cane on the ground – filling the streets with candy – it’s immediately clear what’s happening: Willy Wonka is here.
A second teaser trailer, meanwhile, shows Willy Wonka passing out coveted golden tickets to giddy passersby.
Two-time Tony winner Christian Borle will step into the candy man’s shoes for the Broadway version of the musical that debuted in London’s West End in 2013.
The musical will reunite the creative team behind Hairspray on Broadway: director Jack O’Brien and musical collaborators Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman.
“It’s pure pleasure to watch them spin their magic over characters like Charlie Bucket, Willy Wonka, Augustus Gloop, Veruca Salt, Violet Beauregarde and Mike Teavee to create a range of new music for the Broadway production as well as meshing their great gifts alongside some of the beloved classics from the film,” the director tells PEOPLE, calling out 1971’s iconic Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.
Two of those classic tunes from the movie making the jump to Broadway will be the whimsical “Pure Imagination” and the snappy “The Candy Man.”
The director says he was overwhelmed with emotion watching Shaiman and Wittman create new music for the stage production.
“Scott and Marc have written a song called ‘The View from Here’ that was designed for the glass elevator, and when it was played for me for the first time, I sat with tears running down my face,” he said.
O’Brien and his team also had to come up with creative ideas to bring some of the film’s iconic characters to the Broadway stage.
“The beloved Oompa Loompas have presented something of a challenge since their inception, and it was crucial to me that we not sweep this element under the rug, but find our own creative solution to it,” says O’Brien of the production, which has tapped famed puppeteer Basil Twist to come onboard. “I laugh every time I think of them! And the audience will, too.”
The musical will officially open at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on April 23, with previews starting March 28. Tickets go on sale Sept. 16.