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Broadway: Struggling “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” Will Close in January 2018


It wasn’t meant to be.

“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” will close its Broadway run on January 14, 2018. It’s been a money loser from the start.

The musical also garnered no Tony nominations (save for Christian Borle, who was nominated for another show). The writing was on the wall, the chocolate was melting.

The show never really got up beyond $700,000 a week until this past week, which may have been due to special sale. Otherwise, week after week it struggled to hang on.

“Charlie” came to NY from London’s West End, where it also struggled with bad reviews. The Broadway version was totally revamped but it didn’t matter.

Oh, well, good try. Lots of money out the window. If you need to see a musical, go to “The Band’s Visit.” Perfection.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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