MrBarnaby, on 24 May 2013 - 12:15 AM, said:
So you don't want then to fly around the stage... And yet what they have currently got is an anti climax? Make your mind up ...
You misunderstand me - sorry, wasn't clear, was about to go to bed last night.
I think Pure Imagination, as it's currently staged, is nice. It's the high point of the show. That's where they could add the glass elevator flying around the audience as it's the only scene where it's used.
The number that FOLLOWS, and the end in general, is anti-climactic. After Pure imagination, Wonka gives Charlie the factory, they celebrate with a song that is not particularly memorable and has fairly uninteresting choreography that basically seems to be Wonka and Charlie doing a not-very-good tap routine, they all move in and Wonka sings a very brief (and unintelligibly quiet) reprise of his first act number before the curtain comes down.
If you make Pure Imagination a spectacle, then the actual finale will seem like even more of a damp squib. It's just not particularly memorable or a high note to go out on.
And as MusicalTalk says, More Of Him To Love was the best number in the show - admittedly the basis of the number is "Ah, ze fat Germans yodelling ist sehr funny, ja?" but it's still hilarious.