'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' musical will be satisfying and delicious

dancing-with-oompa-lumpas_lWho can take a beloved children’s book, sprinkle it with dew, cover it with chocolate in a theater or two? Sam Mendes can, because he mixes things with love and makes the world taste good. The film and stage director along with Caro Newling’s Neal Street Prods. are on board to produce a stage musical based on Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, according to Risky Biz Blog. As a really cool grown woman who has posters of both the 1971 and 2005 film adaptations on her kitchen wall (creep alert!), I could not be more hungry for Wonka on stage. I will finally get to go around telling people I’m “a big fan of THE STAGE,” and they will hate me and say I’m a Bad Egg and then it’s down the garbage chute with me! It’s going to be fantastic.

This post also serves as the official kickoff of my campaign for Mendes to hire the Dancing With the Stars pros to star as the Oompa Loompas. They already know how to dance, Oompa Loompas don’t really have to know how to sing, and the pros’ temple-like bodies are always the perfect shade of burnt sienna. I know how blasphemous this seems but I’m really only half-kidding.

Okay, time to go lick snozzberries from Slezak’s office wall. How do you think Charlie and the Chocolate Factory will play out as a musical?

Photo Credit: Craig Sjodin/ABC

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  • Meg

    I hope they use the songs from the original, rather than the remake.

    • Corinne

      the “remake” is not a remake and its actually adapted from the book. The “original” is called willy wonka and the chocolate factory and is not as closely adapted from the book.

      • Matt

        the “remake” was not written by roald dahl – the original was.

    • laylagalise

      I certainly hope so! I love the songs from the first movie. I can probably still sing most of them by heart.

  • jcarla

    They will probably write new songs since the musical, like the movies, are adaptations of the book.

  • paige

    i heard Sam Mendes’ version of Gypsy was garbage

    • Collin Bryant

      It may have been but Sam Mendes’ version of Cabaret was critically acclaimed.

    • TheaterGuy

      It was actually really good, but Arthur Lawrence hated it, so he revived it himself a couple of years later. Mendes is a really smart guy.

  • orville

    Thanks for the laugh. I’ve never thought of the spray tans on DWTS as being Oompa Loompa orange, but you’re right–they’re all pretty much the right shade.

  • Turquoise

    The songs from the remake were from the book. If you listen to the lyrics they are kind of weird and creepy. The girl in the Violet song story accidently bites her tongue off. Hopefully they will stick to those songs.

  • Jackie

    First off, the 2005 movie was not a remake. It was a different adaptaion of the same book. Sorry, it’s just that that is a misconception (a pet peeve of mine).

    I think the musical sounds promising. I hope they keep it on the darker and twisted side like the book (so many of Roald Dahl’s books are darker and twisted) because things are better when they stick to the source material. It would be nice to see them use the Oompa Loompa songs from the 2005 movies since they were taken from the book as well.

  • Samantha Delynne

    Oh Really?A musical on the 2005 movie Charlie/the Chocolate Factory?Also a musical on the 1971 movie willy wonka/the chocolate Factory also?wow.When does this Happen?

  • Paul

    It’s going to be difficult to top the songs from the 1971 film – they have become iconic. I seriously doubt any songs written in the current derivative and predicable ‘musical’ style will do anything but make the audience pine for the old ones. The last movie may have aimed to be closer to the book – (yes, it had the squirrels, and yes, Charlie’s father was alive) but Burton stuck in a backstory that has nothing to do with the book, and his Wonka bears absolutely no relation to the one written in the book. If you read the lines in the book – they’re the ones Gene Wilder says..

  • Rosh

    There is already a stage show called Willy Wonka that uses the songs from the 74 movie. So I think this should get new songs but stick to the book!

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