CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY Previews

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Posted: 4/12/17 at 4:59pm

Here's another production shot: https://instagram.com/p/BSzKwFCDJ0Q/

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Posted: 4/13/17 at 12:20am

Just returned home from tonight's show. It was absolutely atrocious. Horrible in every way. The script was mostly laughable, the new songs mostly sucked, I couldn't wait for the "kids" to be killed off, and the chocolate factory was basically 3 blue walls. Augustus Gloop reminded me of Newt Gingrich. The best thing was intermission, and if I had had an aisle seat I would have walked out (like I saw two people do). The dancing squirrels were clever, but it you want to see a large rodent on a Broadway stage, head over to Groundhog Day. 

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CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY Previews#553
Posted: 4/13/17 at 12:22am

Call_me_jorge said: "Here's another production shot: https://instagram.com/p/BSzKwFCDJ0Q/

 

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Why does Borle literally look 72 years old in that picture?

Also, WTF IS THAT COSTUME ON CHARLIE?!

 

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Posted: 4/13/17 at 12:37am

Call_me_jorge said: "Here's another production shot: https://instagram.com/p/BSzKwFCDJ0Q/"

That's all it is? A blue background with five tubes coming out of a metallic chamber? Good god.

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CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY Previews#555
Posted: 4/13/17 at 12:48am

I can't believe that's the inventing room. 

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CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY Previews#556
Posted: 4/13/17 at 4:49am

Every part of this show made me want to vomit.  I wonder if it will be popular this summer because of children wanting to see it?  Will it last til the summer?

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CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY Previews#557
Posted: 4/13/17 at 7:52am

I watched the grotesque squirrel number in disbelief. If they don't cut it before the opening, it will enter Broadway annals alongside the pig's blood number in Carrie for sheer mind-numbing, jaw-dropping awfulness.

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Posted: 4/13/17 at 7:56am

Call_me_jorge said: "Here's another production shot: https://instagram.com/p/BSzKwFCDJ0Q/

 

Christian Borle looks like he borrowed the Wizard's costume from Wicked in that picture. 

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CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY Previews#559
Posted: 4/13/17 at 8:27am

I'm teasing you, After Eight, but this may be the only time on BWW record that you share the other posters' general consensus on a show...

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CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY Previews#560
Posted: 4/13/17 at 8:53am

I love how this article shows a picture of the chocolate room in London, when it's about the broadway production. It's like they don't even want to admit it's worse. https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/04/12/theater/a-second-bite-of-the-wonka-bar-reimagining-charlie-for-broadway.html?smid=fb-share&referer=http://m.facebook.com

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CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY Previews#561
Posted: 4/13/17 at 8:59am

Basically false advertising.

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Posted: 4/13/17 at 9:01am

After Eight said: "I watched the grotesque squirrel number in disbelief. If they don't cut it before the opening, it will enter Broadway annals alongside the pig's blood number in Carrie for sheer mind-numbing, jaw-dropping awfulness."

This, and also Violet's offstage death, brought gasps and murmurs and finally polite applause from the audience last night. The show is a 2 1/2 hour train wreck.

 

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Posted: 4/13/17 at 9:32am

Call_me_jorge said: "I love how this article shows a picture of the chocolate room in London, when it's about the broadway production. It's like they don't even want to admit it's worse. https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/04/12/theater/a-second-bite-of-the-wonka-bar-reimagining-charlie-for-broadway.html?smid=fb-share&referer=http://m.facebook.com

 

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"Basically false advertising."

Did you even read the article? The use of that picture is literally captioned with the subject of London having a more elaborate set. 

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Posted: 4/13/17 at 9:52am

MizMamie said: "This, and also Violet's offstage death, brought gasps and murmurs and finally polite applause from the audience last night. The show is a 2 1/2 hour train wreck."

I was really surprised they cut Violet's number entirely (or at least that's what I'm lead to believe by recent posts of numbers) since it was one of the more memorable songs from the London version. They kept the other kids lackluster death numbers so it just feels.. off to cut Violet's.

The again considering how these reviews have been going I shouldn't be surprised about anything for this show.

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Posted: 4/13/17 at 10:51am

The press people for this are definitely trying to defuse the "sets look cheap" complaints with these articles coming out. It's a feature, not a bug!

"...everyone finally shut up, and the audience could enjoy the beginning of the Anatevka Pogram in peace."
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Posted: 4/13/17 at 12:19pm

Well obvi, because it isn't a bug, or an accident, but a completely deliberate creative choice.

You may disagree with it, but this assumption they're trying to pull one over on people is bizarre.

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Posted: 4/13/17 at 12:23pm

I think an elaborately decorated theatre and glossy promotional campaign for a property that is remembered for an incredibly spectacular locale implies a lavish production, not one that wants the audience to use their imagination to fill in 2/3s of the stage.

They are clearly trying to cut the complaints off at the pass with these articles by altering expectations. That's the job of press people.

"...everyone finally shut up, and the audience could enjoy the beginning of the Anatevka Pogram in peace."
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Posted: 4/13/17 at 1:05pm

Kad said: "I think an elaborately decorated theatre and glossy promotional campaign for a property that is remembered for an incredibly spectacular locale implies a lavish production, not one that wants the audience to use their imagination to fill in 2/3s of the stage.

They are clearly trying to cut the complaints off at the pass with these articles by altering expectations. That's the job of press people.


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Indeed. Its offensive to each and every paying customer lurred into the marvellously over-decorated, flashing, beaming theatre to then expect them to 'imagine' a stage full of set and costume whilst providing the very bare minimum.

Updated On: 4/13/17 at 01:05 PM
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CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY Previews#569
Posted: 4/13/17 at 2:47pm

They seem to have spent more on the theater exterior than they have on the actual set. 

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CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY Previews#570
Posted: 4/13/17 at 2:51pm

^^^^  Totally agree.  The outside looks amazing.  Then, you buy tickets and you are trapped in a hell no one deserves.  

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CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY Previews#572
Posted: 4/13/17 at 3:33pm

Maybe they found some leftovers from the Little Mermaid set in the wings?

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CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY Previews#573
Posted: 4/13/17 at 3:38pm

The elevator scene does look better than London but otherwise looks more like a touring set (which rumoured is what the design is for the uk tour). I found the London sets quite ugly and the chocolate room was especially disappointing but they were at least big and had had koney spent on them

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CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY Previews#574
Posted: 4/13/17 at 4:31pm

You can do simple and it still be effective and well done - look at Amelie. This just looks like my local community theatre.

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CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY Previews#575
Posted: 4/13/17 at 4:42pm

It's so inspiring to know that all along so many contributors to this forum were scenic designers! Suddenly everyone could design this show better.. 

not quite sure what the problem is with it judging by those pictures . It's nice that it's a different approach to London. I think the point is you are never going to win if you attempt to do something like they did on film for the Chocolate Room etc, you can't have an ACTUAL chocolate river on stage for goodness sake.

i for one am going to actually go and see the show before just copying everyone and tearing it to pieces.i might go and absolutely hate it.. but it's ridiculous to so passionately dismiss it without seeing it, and only after seeing a few crappy (and illegal) Instagram pictures. 

 


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