Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory coming to the Hollywood Bowl

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory - Gene Wilder

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory starring the late (great) Gene Wilder is one of the most popular children’s films of all time. Whether it’s the songs or its imaginative world, people from around the world know the story of Charlie and that golden ticket. From time to time, I even find myself popping in the Blu-ray and watching it just because it makes me happy. My love for this film hasn’t gone away after all these years.

Now, the world of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is coming to the Hollywood Bowl this November. The live-to-film concert will feature an all-star cast of actors and singers that include:

  • John Stamos (“Full House”) as Willy Wonka
  • Finn Wolfhard (“Stranger Things”) as Charlie
  • Richard Kind (“Gotham”) as Grandpa Joe
  • Elle King as Veruca Salt
  • Ingrid Michaelson as Mrs. Bucket
  • Giancarlo Esposito (“Breaking Bad”) as The Candy Man
  • “Weird Al” Yankovic as the Oompa Loompas

Not to mention, the cast will be performing these songs alongside the gypsy punk band, DeVotchKa. Additionally, the acclaimed painter and illustrator SHAG has done some animation that’ll show during the concert.

The show will also showcase special guest artists such as violin soloist Sandy Cameron, 16-year old pianist Emily Bear performing the Oscar®-winning Tom and Jerry short “The Cat Concerto” live-to-film, and Annabella Lwin from Bow Wow Wow singing the perfect party song finale, “I Want Candy.”

In addition, the entire concert will be presented in SMELL-O-RAMA. What’s SMELL-O-RAMA, you ask? Well, guest will receive a Scratch-N-Sniff Golden Tickets upon arrival that you’ll use throughout the concert.

For the cosplayers out there, be sure to get there early since the event will kick off with a costume contest hosted by the original Veruca Salt herself, Julie Dawn Cole. The doors will open at 6:30 PM and the concert beginning at 8 PM.

Check out the event teaser below!

So what do you think of the Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory concert? Sound off with your excitement in the comments section below!

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory In Concert at the Hollywood Bowl: A Live-to-Film Celebration will take place on Friday, November 3rd and Saturday, November 4th. Tickets for the event can be bought here.

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