The Candy Man is coming to Costa Mesa

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Willy Wonka, the world famous inventor of the Everlasting Gobstopper, has just made an astonishing announcement — he will be coming to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa to share his wondrous story of pure imagination. The Broadway musical will play Segerstrom Hall May 28 – June 9, 2019.

The classic story follows Willy Wonka who has opened his marvelous—and mysterious—factory gates to a lucky few. That includes young Charlie Bucket, whose life definitely needs sweetening. He and four other golden ticket winners will embark on a mesmerizing, life-changing journey through Wonka’s world of wonder. Get ready for Oompa-Loompas, incredible inventions, the great glass elevator, and at this everlasting showstopper.

With direction by three-time Tony Award-winner Jack O’Brien, the musical features 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 Artistic Director of Edinburgh’s Royal Lyceum theatre David Greig, choreography by Tony Award nominee and Emmy Award winner Joshua Bergasse and includes additional songs by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley from the 1971 Warner Bros. motion picture.

The production features scenic and costume design by five-time Tony Award nominee Mark Thompson, lighting design by four-time Tony Award nominee Japhy Weideman, sound design by Andrew Keister, projection design by Jeff Sugg, puppet and illusion design by Obie and Drama Desk Award winner Basil Twist, orchestrations by three-time Tony Award winner Doug Besterman and music supervision by Nicholas Skilbeck.

The hit Broadway musical features songs from the original film, including “Pure Imagination,” “The Candy Man,” and “I’ve Got a Golden Ticket,” alongside a toe-tapping and ear-tickling new score from the songwriters from “Hairspray.”

The cast of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Photo by Joan Marcus

ROALD DAHL’S ‘CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY’

Where: Segerstrom Center for the Arts – Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa

When: May 28 – June 9, 2019; Tuesday – Friday at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday at 2:00 and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday at 1:00 and 6:30 p.m. The 2:00 p.m. performance on Saturday, June 8, 2019 will include audio description, open captioning and sign-language interpretation.

How much: Start at $29

Online: SCFTA.org

Phone: (714) 556-2787

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