Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is sweet tale for Utica's Stanley Theatre

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Broadway Theatre League of Utica will present Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Stanley Theatre on Feb. 8 and 9.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory tells the story of Willy Wonka, world-famous inventor of the Everlasting Gobstopper, who has just made an astonishing announcement. His marvelous — and mysterious — factory is opening its gates…to a lucky few. That includes young Charlie Bucket, whose life definitely needs sweetening.

He and four other golden ticket winners will embark on a mesmerizing, life-changing journey through Wonka’s world of pure imagination. Get ready for Oompa-Loompas, incredible inventions, the great glass elevator, and more.

The hit Broadway musical features songs from the original film, including “Pure Imagination,” “The Candy Man,” and “I’ve Got a Golden Ticket,” alongside a toe-tapping and ear-tickling new score from the songwriters from Hairspray.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory features direction by Matt Lenz, based on the national tour’s original direction by three-time Tony Award winner Jack O’Brien. Original music by Grammy, Emmy and Tony Award winner Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Grammy and Tony Award winners Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman, a book by Artistic Director of Edinburgh’s Royal Lyceum Theatre David Greig, based on original choreography by Tony Award nominee and Emmy Award winner Joshua Bergasse, and includes additional songs by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley from the 1971 Warner Bros. motion picture.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory features original scenic and costume design by five-time Tony Award-nominee Mark Thompson, which has been recreated by Christine Peters; lighting design by four-time Tony Award-nominee Japhy Weideman, sound design by Andrew Keister, projection design by Jeff Sugg, puppet and illusion design by Obie and Drama Desk Award-winner Basil Twist, hair and wig design by Campbell Young Associates/Luc Verschueren, and orchestrations by three-time Tony Award-winner Doug Besterman.

Visit www.braodwayutica.org for more information on shows, subscriptions and everything Broadway Utica or call us at 315-624-9444. Box office hours Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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