New Mendes musical sets London venue
The new tuner version of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” helmed by Sam Mendes, will preem at the London Palladium in June 2013.Produced by Warner Bros. Theater Ventures (“Elf”), Neal Street Prods. (“Shrek the Musical,” the Bridge Project) and Kevin McCormick, the tuner is based on the children’s novel by Roald Dahl (“Matilda”) and features a book by Scottish scribe David Greig. Although the property has already been seen on screen in two musical incarnations including Tim Burton’s 2005 movie, the stage production features a wholly new score by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (“Hairspray.”) Casting has yet to be announced, but Mendes’ long-rumored production will preview at the 2,255-seat Palladium beginning in May 2013, and will feature set and costume designs by Mark Thompson (“Mamma Mia,”) choreography by Peter Darling (“Billy Elliot,” “Matilda”) and musical direction by Nicholas Skilbeck (“Sweeney Todd”). The London Palladium, owned by Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group, is currently presenting the composer’s revamp of “The Wizard of Oz,” which will shutter on Sept. 2 after a 16-month run. No title has yet been announced to replace it ahead of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.”
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