Oddly enough I’ve never watched either movie version of Willie Wonka or read Roald Dahl’s book, but I’ve assimilated a lot of the story by pop-culture osmosis.
Seeing Charlie And The Chocolate Factory is a belated 21st birthday gift to my youngest daughter.
This sort of production has more emphasis on spectacle, because the story is familiar.
It was very enjoyable, well performed, and the Oompa-loompas (and squirrels) were quite diverting.
All the cast managed to convey the heart of their characters in ways that created appropriate empathy without resorting to sentimentalism, which is in keeping with Dahl.
The songs are okay without being particularly memorable, but do give the performers opportunity to display their vocal skills.