Great Gobstoppers! Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Broadway tour of Roald Dahl’s fantastic tale lands at ABT in Billings March 2

On Stage

The Broadway tour of the everlasting showstopper, Roald Dahl’s Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, makes its only Montana stop at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 2, at the Alberta Bair Theater in Billings. The Chicago Sun-Times calls it “mesmerizing … a romp of an adventure.”

Greedy Augustus is the first person to find a Golden Ticket in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Greedy Augustus Gloop is the first person to find a Golden Ticket in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.Photo © Jeremy Daniel

Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory tells the story of Willy Wonka, world famous inventor of the Everlasting Gobstopper, who has just 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 will embark on a mesmerizing, life-changing journey through Wonka’s world of pure imagination that includes Oompa-Loompas, incredible inventions, the great glass elevator, and more, more, more!

Produced by NETworks Presentations, Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is directed by Matt Lenz, based on the national tour’s original direction by three-time Tony Awardwinner Jack O’Brien. The features a toe-tapping and ear-tickling new score from the songwriters from Hairspray. Additional songs by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley were written for the 1971 Warner Bros. motion picture that starred Gene Wilder and include “Pure Imagination,” “The Candy Man,” and “I’ve Got a Golden Ticket.”

“This winning production lifts the spirit and fills the heart as only live theater can,” writes the Philadelphia Inquirer.

This performance of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is sponsored by U.S. Bank and Billings Gazette Communications. Tickets, $52-$69 adult and $45 student, are available at the ABT Box Office, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, by phone at 406-256-6052; and on the ABT website. Additional processing fees apply to web and phone sales.