Christian Borle Willy Wonka

Broadway’s next Willy Wonka is Christian Borle

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Christian Borle will give out Golden Tickets starting next spring

Due to begin performances next March at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, a brand-new musical production of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” will feature Broadway star Christian Borle as the infamous candy man, Willy Wonka.

Borle, famous for his Tony-award winning turn as Black Stache in Peter and the Starcatcher and Shakespeare in Something Rotten!, is joined by three-time Tony winner Jack O’Brien, who will be directing Charlie. According to O’Brien:


Christian was the first — and in truth, perhaps the only person I could imagine to create the role of Willy.  His combination of child-like fantasy, edge, mystery, and sheer star power seemed destined for this role. I confess I prayed a lot!  But this one, at least, was answered!

Christian Borle Willy WonkaThe show, transferring from London, will run at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, which is currently home to Finding Neverland. This musical, which originally starred Matthew Morrison and Kelsey Grammar, will close in August.

According to Deadline: Hollywood:

Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, Langley Park Productions and Sam Mendes’Neal Street Productions are producing Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which has 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 Grieg and choreography by Tony nominee and Emmy winner Joshua Bergasse. Jack O’Brien, a multiple award winner who directed Wittman and Shaiman’s Hairspray, is directing the show; the London premiere was staged by Mendes (Skyfall, Spectre).

Christian Borle Willy WonkaBorle was also recently seen on national TV in the NBC musical specials The Sound of Music: Live! and Peter Pan: Live!. He’s slated to appear on the stage in Lincoln Center Theater’s new production of Falsettos this fall.To learn more about Willy Wonka’s newest reincarnation, find your golden ticket at USA Today.