Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is another musical by Andrew Llyod Webber. The much loved story was turned into a musical and the Sydney adaptation was produced by John Frost, Craig Donnell, Warner Bros Theatre Ventures, Langley Park Productions and Neal Street Productions with guidance from the original Broadway creative team including director Jack O’Brien and choreographer Joshua Bergasse.
The musical follows the story somewhat closely but has a simple stage though the Chocolate Factory is a wonder to see. The songs like ‘Pure Imagination’, ‘The Candy Man’ and ‘I’ve Got a Golden Ticket’ are in the show but the Oompa Loompa’s don’t sing the classics like the film from 1971. The Oompa Loopa’s are in the show and they are one of the most entertaining parts of the show.
The cast was amazing. We have Paul Slade Smith playing Willy Wonka who was in the original Broadway production as Wonka. You have Tony Sheldon playing Granpa Joe, Lucy Mainder as Mrs Bucket, Jake Fehily and Octavia Barron Martin as Augustus Gloop and Mrs Gloop, Karina Russell and Stephen Anderson as Veruca Salt and Mr Salt, Jayme-Lee Hanekom and Madison McKoy as Violet Beauregard and Mr Beauregard, and Harrison Riley and Jayde Westaby as Mike Teavee and his mother Mrs Teavee.
The role of Charlie Bucket is shared between four boys; Oliver Alkhair, Tommy Blair, Xioon Jarvis and Ryan Yeates.
They are followed by; Johanna Allen, Sheridan Anderson, Hayden Baum, Kanen Breen, Bayley Edmends, Bronte Florian, Todd Goddard, Madison Green, David Hammond, Sasha Lian-Diniz, Aaron Lynch, Jordan Malone, Kassie Martin, Phoenix Mendoza, Adam Noviello, Glen Oliver, Danielle O’Malley, Jackson Reedman, Emma Russell, Taylor Scanlan and Thalia Smith.
The costumes costumes where amazing to see and I loved seeing each characters costume as well as the ensemble. My favourite would have to be Wonka’s outfit.
Overall the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is amazing and it brings your imagination to the forefront. I loved seeing the show as would see it again.