Wednesday, March 13, 2024

Review Highlights: CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY - Arizona Broadway Theatre

Lucas Moran
Photo by Alexxis Grant, Timeless Present Photos

highlights from local critics reviews - (click link at bottom of each review to read complete review)

Click here for more information on this production that runs through April 14

"...With wonderful performances by Jamie Parnell as Wonka and Lucas Moran as Charlie, along with rich and imaginative creative elements that include eye-popping projections, Arizona Broadway Theatre's Arizona premiere production is a crowd-pleaser that will make you laugh and maybe shed a tear or two....At the heart of ABT's production is the endearing character of Charlie Bucket, portrayed with innocence and sincerity by Lucas Moran, who alternates in the role with A.J. Riddle. Moran is fantastic...The role of Willy Wonka, the eccentric and secretive chocolatier, is brought to life with charismatic flair by Jamie Parnell...Director Anthony C. Daniel keeps the pace moving along at a fairly fast clip while also ensuring the jokes get big laughs and the serious moments resonate. The creative elements beautifully bring to life the magical world of Willy Wonka's chocolate factory with wacky sets by Douglas Clarke, colorful costumes by Ryan Park and Kurtis Overby, immersive lighting by Pamela Kupper, and dazzling, moving, three dimensional projections by Brian C. Staton...With two exceptional leads, a wonderful cast, and gorgeous creative aspects, Arizona Broadway Theatre's production makes for an enchanting and entertaining theatrical experience." - Gil Benbrook, (click here to read the complete review)

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