Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Musical


Willy Wonka fans, rejoice: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is Broadway bound!

Warner Bros. Theater Ventures will be staging the musical, Variety reports, and it's slated for a Spring 2017 debut. Jack O'Brien, who has directed and produced musicals like Hairspray and The Full Monty, will be at the helm of this musical adaptation of Roald Dahl's beloved 1964 children's book.

The musical Charlie debuted on London's West End in 2013 under Sam Mendes' direction. Per Variety, Mendes cited other commitments as his reason for not directing Charlie when it heads to Broadway, but he will remain on as a producer.

Another adaptation of Dahl's work, Matilda the Musical, has been running on Broadway since 2010. Matilda, the movie, was released in 1996.

Johnny Depp, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Warner Bros. Pictures

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory was first released as a film in 1971. Tim Burton and Johnny Depp teamed up for a spinoff movie, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which hit theaters in 2005.

Depp hilariously revealed his inspiration for playing Wonka during a 2012 interview on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. "Certain ingredients you can add to these characters—Willy Wonka, for example, I imagined what George Bush would be like incredibly stoned," he said. "And thus was born my version of Willy Wonka."

We'll be interested to see how Broadway's Wonka plays the character! We'll have to wait and see, though—per Variety, exact dates, theater and casting details for the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory musical remain to be set.

Speaking of musicals, will Jake Gyllenhaal ever do one? Watch the video below to find out.

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