CHARLIE & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY
This may have been the very best show I have ever seen at Crown Theatre.
Charlie & The Chocolate Factory is a legendary tale that almost anybody has enjoyed or been aware of ever since I can remember anything. It’s a classic. It’s magical. How on earth do you take something this magical and put it in a live setting and pull it off? Ask this brilliant team that put this together – or better yet, see it for yourself.
I want to firstly start off by giving a heap of props to whoever put together a lot of the props, staging, special effects, costuming, this is a high end production of the highest regard. I honestly can’t believe how seamless it was with the way that the show just went off without a hitch, without an issue. I’m dumbfounded. I really don’t understand how this was possible!
Stephen Anderson played Willy Wonka and bro, you nailed it. A tremendous talent, an incredible voice, fantastic comedic timing, and a true pro. Believe it or not, my favorite part of Stephens performance was a very short moment where he actually cracked himself up with his own antics. It was brief, but it was a welcome breaking down of the 4th wall for at least 3-4 seconds. He got his composure back and continued on stealing the show. Well done mate.
Choreography. I still can’t believe what I saw with the Oompa Loompas – the way they put together the choreography of their parts in the story was so intricate and downright mind-blowing that the people performing in these roles were able to remember every single step, controlling the hands, the feet… this was by far the most impressive thing I have seen in a long time.
The Special Effects were amazing, the timing that had to go into every single thing that took place on that stage was impeccable. This is a well oiled machine. I can not sing my praises enough. GO SEE THIS SHOW! I guarantee you will love every second of it. It’s not a direct retelling of the story, it’s got a modern spin on it, a welcome spin on it, and it really worked.
Congratulations too ALL the performers on the evening, you were all such an important piece of the puzzle. To sing, to dance, to stay in character, to remember your lines, you’ll never get enough credit for how hard you all must have worked to make this a perfect show.
As of this writing they have 28 more shows to see at Crown Theatre, I suggest you get in as soon as possible and check out this tremendous, tremendous show!
Tickets are available through Ticketmaster here!