October 16, 2013

The First Broadway & Me Cast Album Giveaway

New Yorkers (and the tourists who come here) have been almost as enchanted with Matilda, the musical based on the classic Roald Dahl story about a very smart girl and her very malevolent schoolmistress, as theatergoers were in London, where the show opened in November 2011 and won seven Olivier Awards, including Best New Musical, the most ever won by a musical there.

The Broadway production, which opened this past April, lost out for the Best Musical Tony to Kinky Boots but it’s been pretty much selling out and now a musical version of another Dahl story is up on the boards in the West End.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, directed by Sam Mendes and starring Douglas Hodge, a Tony-winner for his performance as Albin in the 2010 revival of La Cages aux Folles, opened in June and is eyeing its own move across the pond.  

The reviews for Dahl’s tale about a poor boy and an eccentric candy maker named Willy Wonka haven’t been as rapturous as Matilda’s were (click here to read New York Times critics Ben Brantley’s take on the show) but the cast recording of songs written by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman has just come out and its producers have offered me (and some other bloggers too) the opportunity to give one of you the chance to make up your own mind about the show. 

Here's how you can do it: email the names of the two famous actors who played Willy Wonka in the movies to me at jan@broadwayandme.com by midnight this Sunday, Oct. 20.

I’ll put all the right answers in a hat and pick one out. The winner will get a free digital download of the album. But you’ll have to supply your own chocolates.

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