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  Charlie And The Chocolate Factory at Nederlander Theatre

Charlie And The Chocolate Factory

Nederlander Theatre
24 W. Randolph Chicago

Roald Dahl's amazing tale is now Chicago'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. Get ready for Oompa-Loompas, incredible inventions, the great glass elevator, and more, more, more at this everlasting showstopper! Entertainment Weekly raves "Broadway's Big Treat" and NPR exclaims "You'll have a ball!"

Thru - Oct 21, 2018

Price: $27-$95

Show Type: Childrens

Box Office: 800-775-2000

Running Time: 2hrs, 20mins; one intermission

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  Charlie And The Chocolate Factory Reviews
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Chicago Tribune - Somewhat Recommended

"...All that said, this is a fresh, enthusiastic, first-tier union tour (other strong performances come from James Young and Amanda Rose) and you get to see Joshua Bergasse's wittily choreographed Oompa-Loompas in their original incarnation. If you have a kid at home who loves the book, they'll likely be intrigued by what they'll find here. Just prep them in advance, tell them they'll need to use their imagination and end the night with a hug."
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Chris Jones

Chicago Sun Times - Highly Recommended

"...This "Charlie" is a cautionary tale and a romp of an adventure. And it will leave you wishing that someone would invent the incredible confections that make the Wonka brand magnificent. And perhaps open up a Wonka-inspired School for Grotesquely Inappropriate Children."
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Catey Sullivan

Daily Herald - Somewhat Recommended

"...In its touring debut at Chicago's Oriental Theatre, "Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" is missing a key ingredient: heart. It's a vital reason why this much-revamped 2013 London stage musical version of the classic 1964 children's book comes off as a corporately manufactured hodgepodge."
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Scott C. Morgan

Chicago Reader - Recommended

"...But as it turns out, Augustus, Violet, Mike, and Veruca all get what's coming to them in delightfully grotesque (and nicely engineered) ways. A squirrel ballet during the Veruca segment makes for an amusingly macabre parody of Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker, and there's something weirdly liberating about the sight of Oompa Loompas toting knives."
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Tony Adler

Stage and Cinema - Recommended

"...Now embarked on a Broadway tour hysterically but hilariously helmed by Jack O'Brien, this hypoglycemic spinoff -book by David Grieg, music by Marc Shaiman and lyrics by Shaiman and Scott Wittman (creators of Hairspray) - is a slyly stylized, inexhaustibly perky, and gleefully insistent exercise in high-stepping hijinks. Happily, or warily, it seldom drops its energy to expose its more sinister subtext."
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Lawrence Bommer

Let's Play at ChicagoNow - Recommended

"...For a fun night out with the kids, we 'Recommend' that you let your imagination guide you as you take a captivating joyride of pure imagination and meet the "Candy Man!""
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Rick and Brenda McCain

Around The Town Chicago - Somewhat Recommended

"...The highlight of the show is the wonderful and creative costuming and choreography of the Oompa Loompas. Watching their numbers is worth the price of the ticket and a treat for the eyes that will leave a lasting memory. I would go back ( bringing the grandkids) just for their numbers. I was also impressed with James Young as Grandpa Joe that shared the magic with Charlie. If you loved the film and are willing to give up its magic for the live version with some new material, you only have until October 21st to get your golden ticket to see "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" at the Oriental Theatre."
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Alan Bresloff

Chicago Theatre Review - Somewhat Recommended

"...Some books and/or movies are just too challenging to be adapted for the stage. Despite reworking the book and score since the London production, the storytelling element of this musical is still uneven and the humor is sometimes shockingly cruel and brutal. Casting adults in the children's roles, a poor sound design that makes certain songs difficult to understand and an ho-hum, uninspired scenic element that unfortunately doesn't live up to the Roald Dahl's descriptions, all make the chocolate in this Willy Wonka's Factory taste generic, low-calorie and unmemorable."
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Colin Douglas

The Fourth Walsh - Highly Recommended

"...This show is a trip down memory lane! I'm a huge fan of the 1971 film that introduced oompa loompas into my life. The staged musical version of Roald Dahl's beloved story is both more beautiful and ugly than the movie. David Greig (book) makes Charlie Bucket (played by the outstanding Henry Boshart, one of three young actors performing the title role) a selfless dreamer. Greig, Marc Shaiman (music and lyrics) and Scott Wittman (lyrics) uses the entire first act to tether us to the sweet boy who takes care of his family. In the song "A letter from Charlie Bucket", a sincere Boshart asks Willie Wonka for candy inventions like licorice shoelaces for his mom and marshmallow pillows for his grandparents. His I-don't-need-anything-for-me is a strong contrast to the other golden ticket winners."
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Katy Walsh

Chicago Theater and Arts - Highly Recommended

"...Featuring a cast of zany characters, including an impoverished Charlie Bucket, the children and their families go on a life-altering journey through Wonkas factory with surprising results."
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Mira Temkin

Chicago On Stage - Recommended

"...All I know is that Id have given a lot to see this kind of magic done with practical sets and props, or at least if the magic had seemed practical. A trick at the beginning with a paper airplane is more wonderful than all of the digital sets combined. But none of this is to say that you wont enjoy this play. In the end, though it might have been better in my imagination, its still the same story that we all love, and I suspect that will be enough for most viewers."
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