Wasn't sure whether to put this in the existing thread or not, but I thought I'd create a special Broadway one for the 'International' section. It appears previews are beginning 28th March 2017 and tickets are on sale from 16th September, as we already know with Christian Borle as Willy Wonka. Some exciting looking New York trailers have been released...
However, (and I don't seem to recognise the music that plays under them) they close with someone whistling the original Bricusse/Newley Oompa-Loompa Doopity-Doo song. Perhaps a hint that those ones are back in the show?...
Intriguing. If the producers are able to convince the Dahl Estate, they may have a chance if they restore the loved songs...
I just re-watched the bottom video and realised the number plate for the car is CNDY-MN (hinting that "The Candy Man" may be used as well), and the Oompa-Loompa arm that opens the car door looks more like the film's costume (Orange face, green hair and brown with white overalls) than any of the current London ones. Suppose they must really be using the 1971 film as a source. Maybe Shaiman and Whitman will adapt some of the Bricusse/Newley like Stiles and Drewe did with Mary Poppins (change lyrics and/or add verses with new melodies etc.) as well as keeping in some of the current songs.
It really does sound like a repeat of Mackintosh convincing PL Travers that the Disney songs would be needed to make the Mary Poppins show work, just as Dahl hated the 1971 movie and now the producers must be convincing the Dahl estate that those songs would also be needed to make Charlie work properly.
Post by theatremonkey.com on Aug 10, 2016 8:09:36 GMT
I noticed the numberplate, but not the arm.
It does indeed sound like a producer making the estate come to its senses. I'm pretty sure if the original film score had been used in London, it would have run far longer - not that it hasn't had a decent run now, and I've grown to like some of the new stuff - but with the loved songs...
"No, I'm not 'Banksy'." Suddenly I'm Denying Graffiti...
Post by danieljohnson14 on Oct 15, 2016 19:51:48 GMT
I don't know if this has been posted anywhere, but The Candy Mam is being added to the Broadway Production. A new song for the Glass Elevator has been written called The View From Here but Pure Imagination is still in the show, presumably taking over Simply Second Nature?
I'm so pleased they are doing this! I saw a workshop of the show years ago and adults played the kids then and it was brilliant.. and hilarious. I hated the idea before but it soon made complete sense, it gave Charlie way more focus and the other 'kids' were much funnier.
I was so disappointed when they decided not to do it when the show eventually opened so I think it's great that they are doing it in NYC- I'd say give it a chance before slamming it..!
Adults play kids in Blood Brothers and it works brilliantly.
Thing is - it needs to be spread out across every role.
I saw Charlie once a few years ago and I was 6/10 with so many missing opportunities, bad score, lacked magic, odd book, first half too grey, no sub text about Slugworth (I forget his name) and the chocolate river disappointing.
Broadway needs the show in a completely new form - including Candy Man, Cheer Up Charlie etc.
If anyone can solve it it's the Americans! Good luck to them.