But a national tour has been confirmed to follow

By David Canfield
November 15, 2017 at 12:54 PM EST
Joan Marcus

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Broadway)

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You only have a few more months to catch Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on Broadway.

The musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic has been set for a Jan. 14, 2018 closing date at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. The show, which was transferred from its original West End run, opened earlier this year to mixed reviews but was still initially bolstered by strong ticket sales. After a robust start, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory‘s Broadway box office numbers began to dwindle a few months ago, after being snubbed by the Tony Awards and struggling to attract ticket-buyers in the fall Broadway season.

“It has been a privilege to share this timeless story with audiences of all ages,” producers Mark Kaufman, Kevin McCormick, and Caro Newling said in a statement. “Our remarkable creative team, led by the incomparable Jack O’Brien, have re-imagined the story of Charlie Bucket and Willy Wonka for a new generation. We now look forward to a long life for the production across North America and around the world.”

The Charlie and the Chocolate Factory musical featured Tony winner Christian Borle (Falsettos), Emmy nominee Jackie Hoffman (Feud: Bette and Joan), and Tony winner John Rubinstein (Desperate Housewives) in its cast opposite Ryan Foust, who played the titular role. It featured songs from the original film starring Gene Wilder as well as a new score by the songwriters of Hairspray.

For fans who’ve yet to see the production, however, fret not: This isn’t exactly the end of the road. Charlie‘s producers have confirmed that a national tour of the musical will launch in September 2018, and that in addition, there are plans for an international tour to begin in Australia in 2018 and the United Kingdom in 2019. More information is expected to be announced soon.

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