Musical of Glasgow Willy's Chocolate Experience to debut at Edinburgh Festival

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A musical parody of Willy's Chocolate Experience in Glasgow is to debut at the Edinburgh Fringe.

The Willy Wonka experience in Glasgow became an international story, satirised on late night chat shows in the United States and described as the biggest event disaster since the Fyre Festival.

Now a creative team has been inspired by the event, and are set to turn the whole botched experience into a musical. A musical of the event titled Willy's Candy Spectacular: A Musical Parody, created by US producer Richard Kraft, will have its world premiere at the Pleasance King Dome at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival from August 9 to August 26.

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He said: "The process of creating a brand-new musical, which usually spans years, is being condensed into just a couple of months."

The first three tracks from the show have been released, including actor John Stamos performing the opening number Willy's Candy Spectacular.

The song has been billed as a "post-apocalyptic opening number that traces the downfall of civilisation back to the disastrous event in Glasgow".

Songwriters Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner said: "We love musicals with epic opening numbers.

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"And we thought - what could be more epic than John Stamos singing about the end of humanity and linking our species' demise to an underwhelming immersive experience in Scotland?"

Another song titled Dreamed To Dare features actor and yoga teacher Kirsty Paterson, who became a viral hit after pictures emerged of her as a sad Oompa Loompa at the "immersive" £35-a-ticket experience in Scotland.

The third song is called Where Dreams Go To Fly which captures "the unbridled optimism of the impresario behind Willy's Candy Spectacular", while additional songs are expected to be released every Sunday in the run-up to its world premiere in August.

The producers of the show have emphasised the musical is a "parody production" and there is no involvement from organisations that own the copyright to Roald Dahl's book Charlie And The Chocolate Factory and its different adaptations.

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Producer Richard Kraft told the BBC that the writing team for the parody was “assembled in less time than it takes for someone to sing the first verse of ‘Oompa Loompa Doompa-Dee-Do’.”

“If Ed Wood and P.T. Barnum got into ‘environmental experiences’ fuelled by a million dreams and zero dollars, it might turn out like this,”

“While most see nothing but wreckage in a disaster of this magnitude, we all think it screams out: Musical!!”

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