Charlie And The Chocolate Factory - The Spoiler ThreadFOR THOSE THAT WANT TO KNOW
Posted 21 June 2013 - 07:30 PM
Posted 21 June 2013 - 08:57 PM
The major thing that irked me was the audibility, a LOT of the time lyrics could not be understood.
Yes, I forgot to mention that. It was, esp in the fast numbers (such as Violet's rap number) a mish mash of words.
Posted 22 June 2013 - 07:44 AM
I loved how Act 1 was monochrome and then Act 2 bursts into colour. I also found Act one remarkably snappy considering most of the time is spent watching 4 grandparents in bed. The boy playing Charlie was terrific and when he got the golden ticket I was genuinely moved. LOVED the introduction of the 4 kids.. Thought it was wittily done and helped break up the moments in the bucket shack nicely.
I thought the Oompa Loompas were wonderfully done. I've certainly never seen that effect used before and I really enjoyed how they achieved them slightly differently every time they re-appeared.
The glass elevator was magical and the use of Pure Imaginatiom at that point I found incredibly moving. Kids around me were totally wowed by it.. And by everything in Act 2 I felt.
Performance wise I thought Doug Hodge was great... Showing real showmanship. Nigel Planer was a perfect Grandpa Joe and fit be the other notable people were Iris Roberts as Mrs Teavee and Kate Graham as the news reporter in Act 1.
I guess the tricky thing is that it really is a show of 2 halves.. You've got to establish Charlie lives in a dreary town and is poor.. So he really wants to win that ticket .. And then the factory is the total opposite to that. I loved that the end of Act one leaves you poised to enter the factory and then Act 2 inside it moves at a rapid pace.
Chatting to an usher in the interval , they said it had gone through so many changes in previews that it bears little relation to how it opened. What a shame the ones who didn't like it here saw it so early, maybe you'd like it more now in its finished state.
Posted 22 June 2013 - 08:46 AM
Posted 22 June 2013 - 09:01 AM
Posted 22 June 2013 - 10:18 AM
Having seen the first preview and not being wowed by it I do admit that my initial dislike to it may be a bit harsh - however my main thing was the score rather than the production and I can't see how that could change a whole lot. But seeing what's being said on here over the last few weeks has made me more welcome to the idea of maybe seeing it again a few months down the line.
Posted 22 June 2013 - 10:59 AM
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