Enter a world of pure imagination.
If you want to view paradise, you’ll have to wait until August when Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory makes its way to the Melbourne stage.
The musical is a huge throwback for all the adults who grew up on Roald Dahl classics as kids. Songs from the original 1971 film starring Gene Wilder are included in the musical’s score, including ‘Pure Imagination’ and ‘The Candy Man’. Paul Slade Smith, who plays Willy Wonka in the Australian production, funnily enough, was part of the original Broadway cast, playing Grandpa George.
The show was warmly received during its Sydney stint, and with the Melbourne premiere soon approaching, auditions will soon be underway for four boys to take on the lead role of Charlie. Unfortunately, no auditions for Oompa Loompas seem to be happening.