Behind the Curtain: 'Chocolate Factory' fails to wow London critics, more
Over in London, the long-awaited musical of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” — which was directed by Sam Mendes, stars Tony winner Douglas Hodge and incorporates the famous songs of the 1971 film — finally opened to mixed reviews. The reviews complained about the quality of the script and the new songs while confirming it is a lavish, candy-filled spectacle. “The real difficulty lies in preserving the story’s humanity amid a swelter of special effects,” Michael Billington wrote in The Guardian. It is currently unclear if and when the musical will transfer to Broadway.
Grisham’s ‘A Time to Kill’ set to play Broadway
“A Time to Kill,” apparently the first-ever John Grisham novel to be adapted for the stage, will open on Broadway at the Golden Theatre in October. In a statement, Grisham expressed his satisfaction with Rupert Holmes’ adaptation.
O’Hara will star in ‘Bridges’ on B’way
Kelli O’Hara, who was originally slated to play Francesca in the out-of-town premiere of the musical version of “The Bridges of Madison County” at the Williamstown Theatre Festival later this summer, had to bow out due to her pregnancy. However, the show’s producers confirmed Wednesday that O’Hara will still star in the musical when it plays Broadway next season.
Aaron Sorkin is writing an unnamed B’way musical
Aaron Sorkin told Vanity Fair that he is currently working on an upcoming Broadway musical. However, it remains unclear what show it will be. He was previously writing the book for “Houdini,” a musical about the famous illusionist, but he is no longer involved.
Matthew Broderick and Todd Haynes at “Far from Heaven” Andrew Rannells at opening night of “The Explorers Club.”