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Oct 29, 2021

Broadway Live Insider: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Preview

By Broadway Live INSIDER - Michael J. Miller

Walking to school in the mornings, Charlie Bucket could see great slabs of chocolate piled up high in the shop windows, and he would stop and stare and press his nose against the glass, his mouth watering like mad. Many times a day, he would see other children taking creamy candy bars out of their pockets and munching them greedily, and that, of course, was pure torture.

But the one awful thing that tortured little Charlie, the lover of chocolate, more than anything else? In the town where Charlie lived, within sight of his house, there was an enormous chocolate factory!

For months upon months here in Lexington, we’ve walked or driven by a similarly tempting edifice, the glorious Opera House. It’s newly installed marquee, glittering in the darkness. The only announcement?  “INTERMISSION” 

Shows cancelled, dreams deferred. 

But now, at long last, the marquee shines anew with the announcement we’ve been so longing for: Broadway is Back!

Perhaps in honor of all the chocolate we consumed for solace during lockdown, the season kicks off with a scrumpdillyicious family friendly delight. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory brings pure imagination to life in the national tour that had just started early last year but was put on pandemic pause in the midst of its stop in Grand Rapids, Michigan in March 2020. The Ooompa Loompas are back on the road and ready to teach Veruca Salt and Augustus Gloop a thing or two.  

Willy Wonka, world famous inventor of the Everlasting Gobstopper, has made an astonishing announcement. His marvelous- and mysterious- factory is opening its gates… to a lucky few. That includes young Charlie Bucket, whose life definitely needs sweetening. He and four other golden ticket winners are about to embark on a mesmerizing journey through Wonka’s world of pure imagination. And so can you! Individual tickets are available on a very limited basis for performances November 12-14 at the Lexington Opera House. 

Among the touring cast is none other than Kentucky native and Opera House favorite, Audrey Belle Adams in the role of Mrs. Gloop. You may have seen Audrey in The LEX production of Legally Blonde directed by Laura Bell Bundy or in their production of Mary Poppins. Audrey began touring with this production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory before it was shuddered due to the coronavirus shutdowns, and is excited to have rejoined the tour as it just recently started back again last month.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory promises to be a sweet return to the Opera House for performers and audiences alike.

Intermission is OVER!

I hope you saved some chocolate for the celebration!