Roald Dahl’s CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY is magical, mysterious fun in a world of pure imagination.
Broadway in Portland presents Roald Dahl’s CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY at Keller Auditorium through August 18th, 2019.
Thanks to Broadway in Portland for inviting us to a media preview. As always, all opinions are my own.
Remember the 1971 movie Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory? It's a classic, for sure. Kids of all ages love that movie, and if you didn't read the book first, you likely read Roald Dahl's “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” followed by “Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator.” This musical is a modern take on the story of world-famous chocolatier Willy Wonka and the adventures that ensure after 5 children win Golden Tickets to tour his factory and a chance to win a lifetime supply of chocolate.
Mystical, magical, and fun while instilling some great moral messages, Roald Dahl’s CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY is pure fun. Two acts of laughs and pure delight as you see the modern version of a classic unfold on stage. Noah Weisberg as Willy Wonka was superbly talented and commanded the stage in a way deserving of the standing ovation he received. Rueby Wood as Charlie Bucket was adorable and wildly talented. Watch him, because he's got some pipes and acting skills at his ripe young age; I suspect he'll be going places.
No spoilers, but there's a moment in the show with Mike Teavee's character and Willy Wonka that will have every parent cheering—the audience ROARED with laughter. You'll know it when you see it.
About Roald Dahl’s CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY
Roald Dahl’s CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY tells the story of Willy Wonka, world-famous inventor of the Everlasting Gobstopper, who has just made an astonishing announcement. His marvelous—and mysterious—factory is opening its gates to a lucky few. That includes young Charlie Bucket, whose life definitely needs sweetening. He and four other Golden Ticket winners will embark on a mesmerizing, life-changing journey through Wonka’s world of pure imagination. Get ready for Oompa-Loompas, incredible inventions, the great glass elevator, and more at this everlasting showstopper!
With direction by 3-time Tony Award® winner Jack O’Brien, Roald Dahl’s CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY features music by Grammy®, Emmy® and Tony Award® winner Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Grammy® and Tony Award® winners Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman, a book by Artistic Director of Edinburgh’s Royal Lyceum theatre David Greig, choreography by Tony Award® nominee and Emmy Award® winner Joshua Bergasse and includes additional songs by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley from the 1971 Warner Bros. motion picture.
Roald Dahl’s CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY features scenic and costume design by five-time Tony Award® nominee Mark Thompson, lighting design by four-time Tony Award® nominee Japhy Weideman, sound design by Andrew Keister, projection design by Jeff Sugg, puppet and illusion design by Obie and Drama Desk Award winner Basil Twist, orchestrations by 3-time Tony Award® winner Doug Besterman and music supervision by Nicholas Skilbeck.
The hit Broadway musical features songs from the original film, including “Pure Imagination,” “The Candy Man,” and “I've Got a Golden Ticket,” alongside a toe-tapping and ear-tickling new score from the songwriters from Hairspray.
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