Warner Bros. Pictures’ classic “Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory” will be brought to life when Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory In Concert At The Hollywood Bowl: A Live-To-Film Celebration premieres on Friday, November 3 and Saturday, November 4. This special event will feature John Stamos, Elle King, and Weird Al Yankovic alongside an all-star cast singing iconic songs as the film plays on the Bowl’s movie screen accompanied by live musicians. Tickets go on sale Saturday, September 23rd at 10AM PST on ticketmaster.com.
The singing cast includes John Stamos performing “Pure Imagination” as Willy Wonka, Giancarlo Esposito singing the role of The Candy Man, Richard Kind as Grandpa Joe, Elle King singing Veruca Salt’s “I Want It Now,” Ingrid Michaelson as Mrs. Bucket, Finn Wolfhard as Charlie, and “Weird Al Yankovic as the Oompa Loompas.
Beloved musical numbers from the Oscar-nominated score by Anthony Newley, Leslie Bricusse, and Walter Scharf including “The Candy Man,” “I Want It Now,” “I’ve Got A Golden Ticket,” and “Oompa-Loompa Doompadee-Doo” will be performed live on stage by the star-studded cast, accompanied by multi-instrumental band Devotchka and a musical ensemble conducted by Jeff Hoeppner. DeVotchKa’s Nick Urata (“Little Miss Sunshine”) is the show’s music director.
This special family event at the Hollywood Bowl will be presented in Smell-O-Rama with guests receiving exclusive Scratch-N-Sniff Golden Tickets. The concert will feature a factory of treats, including a costume contest and special projections on the surface of the Bowl created by acclaimed painter, designer, and illustrator SHAG.
The show will also feature 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 appropriate party song finale: “I Want Candy.”
The costume contest will be hosted by original cast member Julie Dawn Cole, who memorably played Veruca Salt.
Doors will open at 6:30PM with a costume contest to follow and the concert beginning at 8PM.