September 26, 2018

Written By

Mary Friona Celani

Charlie, Willy Wonka, Grandpa Joe, the Oompa Loompas – and the rest of the cast of characters are just as lovable as in the movie – The Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory version.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is filled with incredible music, fabulous costumes, loads of laughs – and a reminder of the importance of doing the right thing.

Even though filling Gene Wilder’s shoes is nearly impossible, Noah Weisberg wows as the purple-velvet and top hat wearing chocolatier with high energy – delivering tongue-twisting songs like “Strike That, Reverse It,” with ease. His timing is spot on and the audience loved his sarcasm and humor.

Little Charlie Bucket- played by Henry Boshart – was simply amazing. The little guy with a big voice – brings you right into his world. The poor, but honest little boy who is just too good to be greedy was extremely lovable.  Charlie is thrust into a candy-coated world of fantasy after finding his golden ticket. The other lucky winners are spoiled brats that pay a deep price for their lack of character. It’s a message, as in the movie, for parents of entitled, get-everything-they-want kids.

The story was brought to present day with some social media references by gold ticket winners, Mike Teavee and Violet Beauregarde. Veruca Salt still wants what she wants and wants it now and Augustus Gloop yodels his lines with a sausage necklace hanging over his shoulders.

The Oompa Loompas were a show-stopping riot and the costumes, sets and music made for a wonderful evening.

Ronald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, with music by Marc Shaiman and lyrics by Shaiman and Scott Wittman is a sweet show with an even sweeter message. We loved it!

Tickets run $32 and up. The show runs through September 29th at Shea’s Performing Arts Center. 



About Me

Welcome to Totally Buffalo! My name is Mary Friona-Celani and I am the creator of this site! After spending 20 years in the Buffalo media, I moved on to focus on my beautiful family. Now, the time has come for a new project. I was ready for something new. Something mine.
I am born and raised in WNY and my pride runs deep. My husband, Scott and I are very happy to be raising our four daughters here.






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