CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY

Critics

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Reviews: 12

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Roald Dahl's amazing tale is now L.A.'s golden ticket! It's the perfect recipe for a delectable treat: 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 of Hairspray.

Willy Wonka is opening his marvelous and mysterious chocolate factory...to a lucky few. That includes Charlie Bucket, whose bland life is about to burst 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!

Reviews

Steven Stanley

Charlie And The Chocolate Factory commits its biggest sin in giving audiences no one but Charlie to root for in a cast of characters virtually devoid of redeeming characteristics. The same can be said for this charmless musical misfire.

sour - Steven Stanley - StageSceneLA - ...read full review


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Through a combination of projection effects, puppetry, and performance, this production creates a new level of stage imagination. It is different than the movie, and to compare the two is to invite disappointment. They are different, and must be judged separately. The stage Wonka provides a different type of lunacy than Wilder brought to the role, although there is a modium of the deadpan WIlder aspects that cannot stop the children from their natures.

So, yes, I enjoyed it.

sweet - Daniel Faigin - Observations Along the Road - ...read full review


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This story succeeds because while clearly a fantasy it is totally relatable It began as a hit movie and is now a smashing success as a musical.

sweet - Ron Irvin - LA Splash - ...read full review


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Its performers are indeed at the top of their games. And they loft this production into the starry skies that Charlie and Willy Wonka eventually rise through in one of the shows' many show-stopping, heart-stopping moments.

The songs are brightly varied, if not particularly memorable. Best among them are the still-delightful “The Candy Man” and “Pure Imagination,” written by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley for the 1971 film version of this story.

sweet - Dany Margolies - Daily News - ...read full review


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Despite the production's fumbles, the source material — and memories of it in other versions — seem to keep much of the audience happy, and lots of theatergoers bring kids.

Maybe the sight of all those sweets is bliss enough. The show's truest line is Wonka's declaration that chocolate is “quite simply, the greatest invention in the entire history of the world.”

sweet-sour - Daryl H. Miller - LA Times - ...read full review


Erin Conley

Believe it or not, the characters in the musical version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory do not actually enter the titular chocolate factory until the very end of act one. That's right, over an hour in to this perplexing adaptation there is nary an Oompa Loompa in sight. Willy Wonka sings about a world of pure imagination, and imagination is required to enjoy this show.

sour - Erin Conley - On Stage Blog - ...read full review


Jill Weinlein

There are so many winning elements to the hit Broadway touring musical, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, now at the Pantages Theatre. First the show's music by Grammy, Emmy and Tony Award winner Marc Shaiman, and lyrics by Grammy and Tony Award winners Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman. Besides familiar toe-tapping songs "Pure Imagination," "The Candy Man," songs, new-to-Broadway includes “A Letter from Charlie Bucket.”

sweet - Jill Weinlein - On Stage Blog - ...read full review


Marc Wheeler - Stage and Cinema

This isn't great entertainment. It's run-of-the-factory, relying more on nostalgia than originality. For a story imploring us to live in a world of pure imagination, we should expect what's baked to be more satisfying and delicious.

sour - Marc Wheeler - Stage and Cinema - ...read full review


Rob Stevens

Adults who fondly remember the Gene Wilder fronted 1971 film version of the story, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, will probably be disappointed by the stage incarnation. Even devotees of Tim Burton's 2005 remake, starring Burton regular Johnny Depp as Wonka, will probably be let down by this stage adaptation...Grieg's jokes are as tasteless as rotten cabbage, eliciting more groans than giggles, and his characters are more caricatures.

sour - Rob Stevens - Haines His Way - ...read full review


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Incorporating all the classic songs from the 1971 film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, plus some original tunes by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (the team behind the Hairspray musical), the musical adaptation adds a lot of humor and provides a modern take on the story we all know and love...

While the musical Charlie and the Chocolate Factory isn't groundbreaking, it's definitely entertaining and aesthetically pleasing. Fans of the book as well as the original film will no doubt be happy with this updated take on the story.

sweet - Michael Cooper - LA Weekly - ...read full review


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Directed by Jack O'Brien, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a bit more salty/sweet than tearjerker gratifying. But it mostly hits its high points and is an entertaining night at the theater for kids - or at least the kid in all of us.

sweet-sour - Tracey Paleo - Discover Hollywood - ...read full review


Carol Kaufman Segal

If the outcome of the children, in order to make a point, does not affect you as it does me, then this might be a show that you can enjoy.

sweet-sour - Carol Kaufman Segal - Carol's Culture Corner - ...read full review


Steven Stanley

Charlie And The Chocolate Factory commits its biggest sin in giving audiences no one but Charlie to root for in a cast of characters virtually devoid of redeeming characteristics. The same can be said for this charmless musical misfire.

sour - Steven Stanley - StageSceneLA - ...read full review


Avatar

Through a combination of projection effects, puppetry, and performance, this production creates a new level of stage imagination. It is different than the movie, and to compare the two is to invite disappointment. They are different, and must be judged separately. The stage Wonka provides a different type of lunacy than Wilder brought to the role, although there is a modium of the deadpan WIlder aspects that cannot stop the children from their natures.

So, yes, I enjoyed it.

sweet - Daniel Faigin - Observations Along the Road - ...read full review


Avatar

This story succeeds because while clearly a fantasy it is totally relatable It began as a hit movie and is now a smashing success as a musical.

sweet - Ron Irvin - LA Splash - ...read full review


Avatar

Its performers are indeed at the top of their games. And they loft this production into the starry skies that Charlie and Willy Wonka eventually rise through in one of the shows' many show-stopping, heart-stopping moments.

The songs are brightly varied, if not particularly memorable. Best among them are the still-delightful “The Candy Man” and “Pure Imagination,” written by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley for the 1971 film version of this story.

sweet - Dany Margolies - Daily News - ...read full review


Avatar

Despite the production's fumbles, the source material — and memories of it in other versions — seem to keep much of the audience happy, and lots of theatergoers bring kids.

Maybe the sight of all those sweets is bliss enough. The show's truest line is Wonka's declaration that chocolate is “quite simply, the greatest invention in the entire history of the world.”

sweet-sour - Daryl H. Miller - LA Times - ...read full review


Erin Conley

Believe it or not, the characters in the musical version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory do not actually enter the titular chocolate factory until the very end of act one. That's right, over an hour in to this perplexing adaptation there is nary an Oompa Loompa in sight. Willy Wonka sings about a world of pure imagination, and imagination is required to enjoy this show.

sour - Erin Conley - On Stage Blog - ...read full review


Jill Weinlein

There are so many winning elements to the hit Broadway touring musical, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, now at the Pantages Theatre. First the show's music by Grammy, Emmy and Tony Award winner Marc Shaiman, and lyrics by Grammy and Tony Award winners Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman. Besides familiar toe-tapping songs "Pure Imagination," "The Candy Man," songs, new-to-Broadway includes “A Letter from Charlie Bucket.”

sweet - Jill Weinlein - On Stage Blog - ...read full review


Marc Wheeler - Stage and Cinema

This isn't great entertainment. It's run-of-the-factory, relying more on nostalgia than originality. For a story imploring us to live in a world of pure imagination, we should expect what's baked to be more satisfying and delicious.

sour - Marc Wheeler - Stage and Cinema - ...read full review


Rob Stevens

Adults who fondly remember the Gene Wilder fronted 1971 film version of the story, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, will probably be disappointed by the stage incarnation. Even devotees of Tim Burton's 2005 remake, starring Burton regular Johnny Depp as Wonka, will probably be let down by this stage adaptation...Grieg's jokes are as tasteless as rotten cabbage, eliciting more groans than giggles, and his characters are more caricatures.

sour - Rob Stevens - Haines His Way - ...read full review


Avatar

Incorporating all the classic songs from the 1971 film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, plus some original tunes by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (the team behind the Hairspray musical), the musical adaptation adds a lot of humor and provides a modern take on the story we all know and love...

While the musical Charlie and the Chocolate Factory isn't groundbreaking, it's definitely entertaining and aesthetically pleasing. Fans of the book as well as the original film will no doubt be happy with this updated take on the story.

sweet - Michael Cooper - LA Weekly - ...read full review


Avatar

Directed by Jack O'Brien, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a bit more salty/sweet than tearjerker gratifying. But it mostly hits its high points and is an entertaining night at the theater for kids - or at least the kid in all of us.

sweet-sour - Tracey Paleo - Discover Hollywood - ...read full review


Carol Kaufman Segal

If the outcome of the children, in order to make a point, does not affect you as it does me, then this might be a show that you can enjoy.

sweet-sour - Carol Kaufman Segal - Carol's Culture Corner - ...read full review