Theatre review by Steve Duffy –
Get your kids a golden ticket to see Willy Wonka, now!
Willy Wonka is opening his marvelous and mysterious chocolate factory…to a lucky few. That includes Charlie Bucket, whose bland life is about to sweeten with color and confection beyond his wildest dreams. He and four other golden ticket winners will embark on a mesmerizing joyride through a world of pure imagination. Now’s your chance to experience the wonders of Wonka like never before—get ready for Oompa-Loompas, incredible inventions, the great glass elevator and more, more, more at this everlasting showstopper!
Everyone’s favorite candy man is played perfectly by Noah Weisberg. He performs with the perfect amount of energy, charm and disdain for the children.
The role of Charlie is played by three different actors. For the performance I reviewed Charlie was performed by Henry Boshart. He delivers his performance with a lot of conviction and child-like imagination.
Bed-bound Grandpa Joe is the perfect sidekick to Charlie. He delivers some of the show’s funniest dialogue.
The ticket-holding kids are not what you remember from the movie. The way the show introduces them is a whole lot of fun. This is the show’s major investment as it tries to deliver enough stage time and development to each of the children’s characters.
The Oompa Loompas, which are played by kneeling actors, are definitely the best part of the show.
There are a few songs from the original film, performed “Pure Imagination,” “The Candy Man” and “I’ve Got a Golden Ticket.” The rest of the songs are fun in the moment, but you will forget them once you leave the theatre.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory does it best to deliver an extravagantly and imaginative show and for the most part it does. What I love about shows like this, is that it is the perfect opportunity to introduce your children to the magic of the theatre and with this show you can entice them with a story of candy.
RUNNING TIME: 2 hours and 15 minutes, with 1 intermission
Tickets for On Your Feet! are currently on sale and can be purchased by visiting www.boston.broadway.com. On Your Feet! is now playing at the Boston Opera House through April 29th.