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CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY opens at Shea's, ready to go national says Mark Kaufman


CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY opens a national tour tonight at Shea's with a new score from the songwriters of HAIRSPRAY. and producer Mark Kaufman couldn't be happier with the cast and his time in Buffalo, as he told WBFO Theater Talk co-host, Peter Hall.

Mark Kaufman, as "Executive Vice President for Warner Brothers Theatre Ventures" has the enviable job of looking through Warner's library for properties to develop into theatrical productions, including CHARLIE.

Due to New York State tax credits designed to bring dollars upstate, three Broadway shows have now started their national tours - FINDING NEVERLAND, ON YOUR FEET, and CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY as they began their "tech" process (assembling all the elements) at Shea's Performing Arts Center.

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Mark Kaufman is in town to oversee his "baby" - the start of a national tour of CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY

This 2013 musical, with tunes by the team of HAIRSPRAY, Marc Shaiman and Scott Whittman, will introduce a brand new song in Buffalo, according to Kaufman. Based on the children’s novel by Roald Dahl, it's the story of young Charlie Bucket, who finds a Golden Ticket in a candy bar, and wins a tour of the mysterious chocolate factory owned by Willy Wonka.

There are only 9 performances in this run, from now through a final Saturday September 29th 2:00 p.m. matinee. Patrons are advised to deal only with ticketmaster.com or with Shea's box office directly.

Even though "semi-retired," Peter Hall continues to wear many hats. He is the Sunday afternoon host on WBFO’s “sister station,” WNED Classical where he has produced over 1,000 radio interviews with musical artists. If you see him at a theater with a pen in his hand, he’s probably getting ready to co-host “Theater Talk” with Anthony Chase (heard Friday mornings at 6:45 and 8:45 a.m. on WBFO) or to write a review for www.buffalorising.com. He is also a member of the "Artie Awards" committee (think “Tony Awards for Buffalo theaters”).
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