Weird Al Yankovic, John Stamos, Finn Wolfhard to star in Willy Wonka Hollywood Bowl concert
John Stamos is going to enter a world of pure imagination as Willy Wonka.
Stamos will play the titular chocolatier in a live-in-concert adaptation of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory at the Hollywood bowl this November, according to Variety, and will find his Charlie Bucket in Stranger Things and It star Finn Wolfhard. The event will draw from all three Wonka properties: the iconic Warner Bros. film, its Broadway adaptation, and the original Roald Dahl children’s book.
“Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory In Concert at the Hollywood Bowl: A Live-to-Film Celebration” is also reeling in other stars to play the memorable characters. Weird Al Yankovic will lend his musical talents to the role of orange factory workers, Oompa Loompas, Elle King will sing “I Want It Now” as the bratty Veruca Salt, Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad) will appear “The Candy Man,” and Richard Kind as Grandpa Joe. After leaving Natasha, Pierre, & the Great Comet of 1812, it seems Ingrid Michaelson isn’t done with her stage musical pursuits, as she is slated to play Charlie’s mother, Mrs. Bucket.
The Hollywood Bowl has found success with its previous concert editions of hit movies and musicals, including this summer’s Mamma Mia!, the 2016 The Little Mermaid concert, and the “La La Land In Concert” event in May. Richard Kraft, who directed the Little Mermaid and La La Land concerts, will also helm the Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory concert.
Tickets for the Nov. 3 and 4 live event go on sale Sept. 23.