Since I was little Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has been a well loved book and movie of mine, especially the original. The characters were out of this world crazy, the story moving and the songs sublime. The musical merely added to all of these aspects through the characterisations, set and props.
The musical adhered a style that replicated the original movie, which I personally think was a better production of Roald Dahl’s loved story. The costumes were a wave of wonderful-ness, the Oompa Loompa’s especially were a piece of high tech puppetry and amazing costume design, it just worked so well and looked not only amazing, but believable.
I loved hearing classics such as “Pure Imagination”, but also adored the added songs for dramatic effect, such as the introduction of each child and also the gradual disposal. One of my favourites was “Gum!/Juicy!” wherein the Oompa Loompa’s made Violet into a disco ball and had a party with luminous light up shoes…it was hilarious. Another amazing song (but for different reasons) was “If Your Mother Were Here”; this tugged at my heart strings and made me emphasise for poor little Charlie Bucket.
The set was beyond fantastic, I absolutely adored the tremendous TV set that was digital but also revealed the actual actors…such a clever idea I couldn’t believe it! Due to the theatre being so colossal the set was able to be huge and of course, extravagant. Every set from the Buckets’ house to every room in the Wonka factory was so wonderfully produced and designed to look perfect.
Although I enjoyed the show a lot, I’m not completely sure if it is something I would see again, but this is probably because I have a never ending list of what show I want to see next. But, I have downloaded the soundtrack and always have an Oompa Loompa party in my car. I would encourage you to see this production, especially before it closes in January for a Broadway transfer, it is a beautiful production, and the children really were sublime.
“IF WISHES WERE HORSES, WE COULD GALLOP AWAY, AND IF CABBAGES WERE WATCHES, I WOULD KNOW THE TIME ALL DAY” – IF YOUR MOTHER WERE HERE