Why See Charlie and the Chocolate Factory?
the famous book, now a fabulous stage musical!
The acclaimed Broadway musical adaptation of Roald Dahl's beloved children's book is taking North America by storm in its national tour! Proving to be a monster hit with audiences both on Broadway and in London, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory set the record for the highest weekly gross in West End history. It also garnered two Olivier Awards for its lush costumes and creative lighting design and a Drama Desk award for its puppetry! So step into a candy wonderland with this spectacular adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic.
WHAT is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory About?
Willy Wonka is the most famous candy maker in the world, an eccentric confectioner whose sugary treats are works of genius. Yet he is a total recluse, and no one else in the world has ever stepped foot inside his famous chocolate factory. That is until a contest is announced - five golden tickets have been hidden away inside five Wonka chocolate bars, and whoever finds them will be led on a tour of the factory by the mysterious Mr. Wonka himself.
To find a golden ticket would be a dream come true for young Charlie Bucket, but given neither he or his grandparents who take care of him can afford a Wonka Bar, it seems an impossible one. But by a stroke of luck he finds some money on the floor, and rushing into the nearest shop, he buys a solitary Wonka bar and finds something gold glittering under the wrapper.
And so Charlie is one of the chosen few who steps into the chocolate factory, a realm of candy covered delights where nothing is quite as it seems.
DID YOU KNOW?
While it is now considered a family favourite, the 1971 movie version received a mixed reaction upon its release, not least of all from Roald Dahl himself. The author was not a fan of Gene Wilder's portrayal of Willy Wonka, and would have much preferred his actor of choice, Spike Milligan, to have played the part. We do wonder, therefore, what he would have made of Johnny Depp in Tim Burton's remake?
Opening night: 5 February 2019
Suitable for ages 8+
Two hours and 30 minutes with one interval
And before you stop reading
Images are from the Broadway production
Cast and Creative
Noah Weisberg as Willy Wonka
Henry Boshart, Collin Jeffrey and Rueby Wood as Charlie Bucket
James Young as Grandpa Joe
Amanda Rose as Mrs. Bucket
Jessica Cohen as Veruca Salt
Madeleine Doherty as Mrs. Teavee
Kathy Fitzgerald as Mrs. Gloop
Nathaniel Hackmann as Mr. Salt
Daniel Quadrino as Mike Teavee
David Samuel as Mr. Beauregarde
Brynn Williams as Violet Beauregarde
Matt Wood as Augustus Gloop
Cast also includes:
Sarah Bowden, Alex Dreschke, Jess Fry, David R. Gordon, Chavon Hampton, Benjamin Howes, Lily Kaufmann, David Paul Kidder, Jennifer Jill Malenke, Joe Moeller, Tanisha Moore, Claire Neumann, Caylie Rose Newcom, Joel Newsome, Clyde Voce, Borris Anthony York, Elijah Dillehay, Sabrina Harper, Karen Hyland, Kevin Nietzel, Kristin Piro and Armando Yearwood Jr.
Directed by Jack O'Brien
Music by Marc Shaiman
Lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman
Book by David Greig
Choreography by Joshua Bergasse
Includes additional songs by Leslie Bricusse and Anothony Newley
Scenic and costume design by Mark Thompson
Lighting design by Japhy Weideman
Sound design by Andrew Keister
Projection design by Jeff Sugg
Pupper and illusion design by Basil Twist
Orchestration by Doug Besterman
What we thought
enthralling Exciting UNMISSABLE
As the lights fade and the fuelled giggles are heard, I realize that a Roald Dahl fan will forever be young at heart!
What could possibly go wrong? As the lights fade and the fuelled giggles are heard, I realize that a Roald Dahl fan will forever be young at heart! In this marvellously colorful production, Charlie Bucket reminds us that it doesn't matter where you comeRead full review
What you thought
12 reviews, average rating: (4.1 Stars)
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