History Trivia / CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory

25th Apr '17 9:28:00 AM Sapphirea2
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* DevelopmentHell: The initial plan for a Broadway transfer to launch in the 2014-15 season was scrapped, partially due to Creator/SamMendes being busy with other projects and the need to wait on a theatre big enough to accommodate its huge physical production becoming available. The show is now set to open on Broadway in March 2017 with Jack O'Brien taking over the directing duties from Mendes, who is staying on as producer.


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* SavedFromDevelopmentHell: The initial plan for a Broadway transfer to launch in the 2014-15 season was scrapped, partially due to Creator/SamMendes being busy with other projects and the need to wait on a theatre big enough to accommodate its huge physical production becoming available. The Broadway production, with Jack O'Brien taking over the directing duties from Mendes (who stayed on as a producer), opened in April 2017.
19th Apr '17 10:11:36 AM CumbersomeTercel
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** Creator/GregoryPeck was first offered the role of Grandpa Joe, and he told Warner Brothers that he'd consider it. Sadly, he died before he could give his answer, but his family has revealed he was very eager to play the part. The only reason he didn't say yes right away was because he was afraid it would make him seem desperate and cause the studio to give him a lower paycheck. Peter Ustinov was also the role, but he passed away before he could give the producers his answer. Also considered were Richard Attenborough, Creator/KirkDouglas, Creator/AlbertFinney, Creator/RichardGriffiths, Creator/AnthonyHopkins, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Creator/PaulNewman, Creator/MaxVonSydow, Eli Wallach and Creator/DavidWarner. Liccy Dahl actually wanted Creator/ChristopherLloyd for the part with Creator/DustinHoffman as Willy Wonka.

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** Creator/GregoryPeck was first offered the role of Grandpa Joe, and he told Warner Brothers that he'd consider it. Sadly, he died before he could give his answer, but his family has revealed he was very eager to play the part. The only reason he didn't say yes right away was because he was afraid it would make him seem desperate and cause the studio to give him a lower paycheck. Peter Ustinov was also the role, but he passed away before he could give the producers his answer. Also considered were Richard Attenborough, Creator/KirkDouglas, Creator/AlbertFinney, Creator/RichardGriffiths, Creator/AnthonyHopkins, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Creator/PaulNewman, Creator/MaxVonSydow, Eli Wallach Creator/EliWallach and Creator/DavidWarner. Liccy Dahl actually wanted Creator/ChristopherLloyd for the part with Creator/DustinHoffman as Willy Wonka.
18th Apr '17 11:46:06 AM Sapphirea2
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** ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry and Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory'' (2017 DirectToVideo animated feature)

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** ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry and ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry: Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory'' (2017 DirectToVideo animated feature)
18th Apr '17 11:31:34 AM Sapphirea2
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* AdaptationOverdosed: In addition to the two films, the opera, the West End musical (which is coming to Broadway in 2017), and quite a few audiobook versions, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlie_and_the_chocolate_factory#Adaptations there's]]:
** A non-musical stage play by Richard George that's extremely faithful to the book; Dahl approved of it.
** A BBC Radio 4 adaptation in TheEighties. Note: One troper ''was'' an Oompa-Loompa in the radio adaptation, and has spent years trying to track down a recording.
** A musical stage adaptation by Jeremy Raison and Christopher Reason that toured the U.K. and elsewhere in TheEighties.
** A 1985 video game for the ZXSpectrum.
** ''Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka'', a 2005 U.S. stage musical created for the touring children's theatre circuit. It uses the 1971 film's songs and adds new numbers by Leslie Bricusse, the film's lyricist, but the script is significantly different to the point that it isn't promoted as the loose ScreenToStageAdaptation it is. Notable for existing in ''four'' [[ReCut different versions]], ranging from a half-hour "Kids" version suitable for a grade-school assembly to a full-length version that can use child and adult actors.

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* AdaptationOverdosed: In addition to the two films, the opera, the West End musical (which is coming to Broadway in 2017), and quite a few audiobook versions, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlie_and_the_chocolate_factory#Adaptations there's]]:
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** ''Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory'' (1971 film)
** A non-musical stage play by Richard George that's extremely faithful to the book; Dahl approved of it.
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** A BBC Radio 4 adaptation in TheEighties. Note: TheEighties (Note: One troper ''was'' an Oompa-Loompa in the radio adaptation, and has spent years trying to track down a recording.
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** A musical stage adaptation by Jeremy Raison and Christopher Reason that toured the U.K. and elsewhere in TheEighties.
TheEighties
** A 1985 video game for the ZXSpectrum.
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** ''Film/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' (2005 film)
** ''Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka'', a 2005 U.S. stage musical created for the touring children's theatre circuit. It circuit that uses the 1971 film's songs and adds new numbers by Leslie Bricusse, the film's lyricist, but the script is significantly different to the point that it isn't promoted as the loose ScreenToStageAdaptation it is. Notable for existing in ''four'' [[ReCut different versions]], ranging from a half-hour "Kids" version suitable for a grade-school assembly to a full-length version that can use child and adult actors.actors


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** ''Theatre/TheGoldenTicket'' (2010 opera)


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** ''Theatre/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' (2013 West End stage musical, {{Retool}}ed for Broadway in 2017)


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** ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry and Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory'' (2017 DirectToVideo animated feature)
18th Apr '17 10:31:48 AM Sapphirea2
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!!The 2013 Stage Musical

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!!The 2013 Stage West End Musical



** Said Broadway production cut several additional songs, mostly to replace them with others.
*** "The Amazing Tale of Mr. Willy Wonka" was replaced with a solo for Grandpa Joe, "Tales of Wonka", that ''itself'' was cut and replaced with "Charlie, You and I" during previews.
*** "Almost Nearly Perfect" was cut in favor of the 1971 film's "The Candy Man" as part of a completely new opening scene.
*** "It's Teavee Time" was replaced with "What Could Possibly Go Wrong?"
*** Aside from a few lyrics referred to as "Grandpa Joe" in the song listing, "Don'cha Pinch Me Charlie" was cut and replaced with "I've Got a Golden Ticket" from the '71 film.
*** "Simply Second Nature" was replaced with "Pure Imagination", which was moved to the Chocolate Room scene to make room for "The View from Here", the new ClimacticMusic.
*** "Juicy!" was cut, leaving Violet the only brat without a TheVillainSucksSong; her demise is a wacky background event during the new {{Backstory}} song "When Willy Met Oompa".
*** "A Little Me" and the closing reprise of "It Must Be Believed to Be Seen" were replaced with a BrightReprise of "Strike That! Reverse It!"



** Sam Mendes was going to direct the Broadway transfer, but due to his many commitments he had to hand off the duties to Jack O'Brien.

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!!The 2017 Broadway {{Retool}}
* CutSong:
** "The Amazing Tale of Mr. Willy Wonka" was replaced with a solo for Grandpa Joe, "Tales of Wonka", that ''itself'' was cut and replaced with "Charlie, You and I" during previews.
** "Almost Nearly Perfect" was cut in favor of the 1971 film's "The Candy Man" as part of a completely new opening scene.
** "It's Teavee Time" was replaced with "What Could Possibly Go Wrong?"
** Aside from a few lyrics referred to as "Grandpa Joe" in the song listing, "Don'cha Pinch Me Charlie" was cut and replaced with "I've Got a Golden Ticket" from the '71 film.
** "Simply Second Nature" was replaced with "Pure Imagination", which was moved to the Chocolate Room scene to make room for "The View from Here", the new ClimacticMusic.
** "Juicy!" was cut, leaving Violet the only brat without a TheVillainSucksSong; her demise is a wacky background event during the new {{Backstory}} song "When Willy Met Oompa".
** "A Little Me" and the closing reprise of "It Must Be Believed to Be Seen" were replaced with a BrightReprise of "Strike That! Reverse It!"
* DeliberateFlawRetcon: In the ''New York Times'' [[https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/12/theater/a-second-bite-of-the-wonka-bar-reimagining-charlie-for-broadway.html article]] discussing the {{Retool}}, the creative team claimed that the much less elaborate sets were "meant to reinforce the show’s oft-stated theme: the importance of imagination. The change was prompted partly by necessity — the British sets were designed for a West End theater that has a much larger stage than the Broadway house." But by the time this piece was published, there had been ''many'' complaints from preview audiences that the sets were a huge comedown from the SceneryPorn of the West End version and didn't live up to what all of the promotional material and even ''the exterior of the theater'' promised, and more cynical theatergoers were theorizing that the REAL reason they didn't just use/adapt the London sets was a desire to mount the show on the cheap and make it easier to tour. After the article was published, these theatergoers argued that if they ''really'' intended the audience to use its imaginations, they should have gone with an even more minimalist approach (ala ''Peter and the Starcatcher'').
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
Sam Mendes was going to direct the Broadway transfer, but due to his many commitments he had to hand off the duties to Jack O'Brien.
12th Apr '17 12:10:50 PM Sapphirea2
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*** "The Amazing Tale of Mr. Willy Wonka" was replaced with a solo for Grandpa Joe, "Tales of Wonka", that ''itself'' was cut and replaced with "Charlie, You and I" during previews.



*** "Juicy!" was cut, leaving Violet the only bratty kid without a TheVillainSucksSong for her demise.

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*** "Juicy!" was cut, leaving Violet the only bratty kid brat without a TheVillainSucksSong for TheVillainSucksSong; her demise.demise is a wacky background event during the new {{Backstory}} song "When Willy Met Oompa".



** Sam Mendes was going to direct the Broadway transfer too, but due to his many commitments he had to hand off the duties to Jack O'Brien.

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** Sam Mendes was going to direct the Broadway transfer too, transfer, but due to his many commitments he had to hand off the duties to Jack O'Brien.
29th Mar '17 6:06:49 AM Sapphirea2
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*** "A Little Me" was replaced with a BrightReprise of "Strike That! Reverse It!"

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*** "A Little Me" was and the closing reprise of "It Must Be Believed to Be Seen" were replaced with a BrightReprise of "Strike That! Reverse It!"
29th Mar '17 6:00:39 AM Sapphirea2
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*** Aside from a few lyrics referred to as "Grandpa Joe" in the song listing, "Don'cha Pinch Me Charlie" was cut and replaced with "I've Got a Golden Ticket from the '71 film.

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*** Aside from a few lyrics referred to as "Grandpa Joe" in the song listing, "Don'cha Pinch Me Charlie" was cut and replaced with "I've Got a Golden Ticket Ticket" from the '71 film.
29th Mar '17 5:59:48 AM Sapphirea2
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** The Broadway production cut "Almost Nearly Perfect" and "Don'cha Pinch Me Charlie", replacing them with "The Candy Man" and "I've Got a Golden Ticket" from the 1971 film, respectively.

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** The Said Broadway production cut several additional songs, mostly to replace them with others.
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"Almost Nearly Perfect" and was cut in favor of the 1971 film's "The Candy Man" as part of a completely new opening scene.
*** "It's Teavee Time" was replaced with "What Could Possibly Go Wrong?"
*** Aside from a few lyrics referred to as "Grandpa Joe" in the song listing,
"Don'cha Pinch Me Charlie", replacing them Charlie" was cut and replaced with "The Candy Man" and "I've Got a Golden Ticket" Ticket from the 1971 film, respectively.'71 film.
*** "Simply Second Nature" was replaced with "Pure Imagination", which was moved to the Chocolate Room scene to make room for "The View from Here", the new ClimacticMusic.
*** "Juicy!" was cut, leaving Violet the only bratty kid without a TheVillainSucksSong for her demise.
*** "A Little Me" was replaced with a BrightReprise of "Strike That! Reverse It!"
11th Feb '17 12:10:23 PM Sapphirea2
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* CutSong: Not a whole song, but the second verse of "The Amazing Tale of Mr. Willy Wonka" (about the SeriousBusiness of his sweets) was cut with the 2014 cast turnover in favor of skipping to the Prince Pondicherry story. (It is preserved on the cast album.)
** "Double Bubble Dutchess" was replaced in early June 2016 with "Queen of Pop," a song written for the upcoming Broadway production.

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* CutSong: Not a whole song, but the second verse of "The Amazing Tale of Mr. Willy Wonka" (about the SeriousBusiness of his sweets) was cut with the 2014 cast turnover in favor of turnover, skipping to the Prince Pondicherry story. (It It is preserved on the cast album.)
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** "Double Bubble Dutchess" was replaced in early June 2016 with "Queen of Pop," a song written for the upcoming Broadway production.production.
** The Broadway production cut "Almost Nearly Perfect" and "Don'cha Pinch Me Charlie", replacing them with "The Candy Man" and "I've Got a Golden Ticket" from the 1971 film, respectively.
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