Broadway's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is launching a Halloween Candy Buy Back, which will ship uneaten Halloween candy to troops overseas in conjunction with the Soldiers' Angels' Treats for Troops Program. The production encourages trick-or-treaters to bring their unconsumed candy to the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on November 5, from 10am-11:30am for donation. The first 50 people to donate 5 pounds (or more) of their candy will receive a pair of tickets to that evening's 6:30pm performance. All others who donate a minimum of 1 pound of candy will receive a special Golden Ticket offer.
Based on the classic Roald Dahl novel, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is directed by three-time Tony Award winner Jack O'Brien, with 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 David Greig, and choreography by Tony Award nominee and Emmy Award winner Joshua Bergasse. The production includes additional songs by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley from the 1971 Warner Bros. motion picture. It opened April 23.
The company of Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is led by two-time Tony Award winner Christian Borle as Willy Wonka and also features Tony Award winner John Rubinstein as Grandpa Joe, Emily Padgett as Mrs. Bucket, Kathy Fitzgerald as Mrs. Gloop, F. Michael Haynie as Augustus Gloop, Ben Crawford as Mr. Salt, Emma Pfaeffle as Veruca Salt, Alan H. Green as Mr. Beauregarde, Trista Dollison as Violet Beauregarde, Jackie Hoffman as Mrs. Teavee, Michael Wartella as Mike Teavee, and Jake Ryan Flynn, Ryan Foust, and Ryan Sell making their Broadway debuts as Charlie Bucket.
The production features scenic and costume design by Mark Thompson, lighting design by Japhy Weideman, sound design by Andrew Keister, puppet design by Basil Twist, projection design by Jeff Sugg, orchestrations by Doug Besterman, and music direction and supervision by Nicholas Skilbeck.
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