Roald Dahls timeless musical story of the world-famous candy man and his quest to find an heir comes to chocolate-covered life. Charlie Buckets delicious adventures on his visit to Willy Wonkas mysterious chocolate factory light up the stage in this captivating adaptation of Roald Dahls fantastical tale. Featuring the enchanting songs from the 1971 film starring Gene Wilder, and new songs by Leslie Bricusse (Jekyll & Hyde, Doctor Dolittle) and Anthony Newley, Roald Dahls Willy Wonka is a scrumdiddlyumptious musical guaranteed to delight everyones sweet tooth.Music and Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony NewleyAdapted for the Stage by Leslie Bricusse and Timothy Allen McDonaldBased on the Book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald DahlDirector: Emily RaniiMusic Director: Nathan UrdangenChoreographer: Russell GarrettThis production runs 2 hours and 15 minutes including one 15 minute intermission.Our student matinee series is sponsored by the Yawkey FoundationOctober 25 - November 17, 2019Friday evenings at 7:30Saturday & Sunday matinees at 2:00ASL & AD PerformancesSunday, November 10 at 2pm & Saturday, November 16 at 7:30pmTickets: $20-$40
News About Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka at Wheelock Family Theatre
Wheelock Family Theatre Announces 40th Season
October 18, 2021
WFT@BU has announced their season productions as part of their 40th anniversary year! WFT@BU will resume live, in-person productions in the spring of 2022 with The Wizard of Oz and Make Way for Ducklings. In the 2022/23 season, WFT@BU will produce Matilda, a To-Be-Determined production, and Bud, Not Buddy.
BWW Review: ROALD DAHL'S WILLY WONKA at Wheelock Family Theatre
November 02, 2019
Roald Dahl wrote books for the children of his time and it is a wonder that many of his creations have remained as popular and well-loved as they have decades after his death. Although James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, The Witches, and The Twits can all trace thematic influence back to Dahl's involvement in World War II, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory seems to be the most heavily-informed by an unquestioning devotion to western industrialization and hope for the germinating seeds of our present-day capitalism. The 1971 movie, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is indicative of its time not only in its psychedelic colors and film effects but in its Vietnam-Conflict-era praise of Americanized consumerism. While Tim Burton's 2005 film adaptation reclaimed the title of the 1964 book and attempted to be a more faithful translation, its darkness and sterile settings have not garnered the cultural embrace of its predecessor, mainly because (I believe) of the public's common, shifting relationship with and disdain for industrialization and capitalism.
ROALD DAHL'S WILLY WONKA Takes Stage At Wheelock Family Theatre This Fall
September 26, 2019
In the wondrous world of Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka, 'splendiferous' is a word, rivers are made out of chocolate, bubblegum never loses its taste, and, as the lyric goes, 'you can even eat the dishes'! On Wonka's quest to find an heir for his delectable dreamscape, he cooks up a contest for five lucky children around the world to win a golden ticket and tour his chocolate factory. But what these children do not know is that Wonka has also concocted five temptation rooms -- interpreted in WFT@BU's production as gluttony, pride, greed, envy, and anger (sound familiar?) -- to catch anyone who does not have the moral compass to lead his mouth-watering kingdom. Only one child will win a golden ticket and the factory, but it is only through genuine honesty and kindness that he or she will rise.
Wheelock Family Theatre Announces 2019-2020 Season
April 24, 2019
Wheelock Family Theatre at Boston University announces its 2019-2020 Season including Roald Dahl's musical Willy Wonka (October 25-November 24, 2019), Little Women: The Broadway Musical (January 31-February 23, 2020), The Little Prince (April 8-May 24, 2020), and Bud, Not Buddy (April 28-May 24 2020). Subscription packages are now on sale. Visit www.wheelockfamilytheatre.org to view savings options and benefits. Single tickets for the 2019-2020 Season will go on sale September 3, 2019.