Charlie And The Chocolate Factory - The Spoiler ThreadFOR THOSE THAT WANT TO KNOW
Posted 23 May 2013 - 06:50 AM
The only issue for me was the first 15 minutes. The projection on making chocolate is very pretty but it goes on far too long. And then the opening number is very dreary. I was hoping for a big ensemble number about the joy of Wonka chocolate to open the show.
Once the other children start to turn up though, I didn't have a single complaint, in terms of it holding my interest. Great songs, great sets and some of the best use of projection I have seen on stage. Douglas Hodge is every bit as marvellous as I had hoped he would be.
Posted 23 May 2013 - 07:27 AM
As this is the spoiler thread, I will say to stand on a platform that rises out of the stage was pretty sad... and, once again, I am sure that was an element that was added last minute.
It's funny, isn't - the paper airplane illusion remains one of the most memorable elements of the show! Wonder how it would've been if Paul Kieve got his hands on it...
Posted 23 May 2013 - 07:43 AM
For everything negative I've said, don't mistake it for me disliking the show - I loved it: it's well crafted, well written and has strong performances even at this early stage.
I just think that everyone (well I at least) expect the chocolate factory to be one continuous wow factor: there are plenty of shows out there that have had an audience amazed at how they've staged something and made them go 'how did they do that'? - But Charlie lacks this thus far (with or without the elevator).
It is a strong show though regardless. I'd give it 2-3 years, possibly 4 max.
Posted 23 May 2013 - 08:48 AM
Posted 23 May 2013 - 08:56 AM
Though I wasnt wowed by the score the oompa loompa songs and the introducing the families songs were fabulous.
The cast are terrific, especially the 4 bad kids (anyone know which kids were on last night? ), The Violet and MikeTV were fabulous movers and all the oompa loompa numbers were terrific.
I liked the imaginary elevator - it fit the theme well.
Felt it was a bit of a shame the ensemble took their bows in black and not a costume, maybe that will change.
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