Exclusive: Willy Wonka at the Hollywood Bowl show details revealed

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Sep 3, 2019, 8:13 AM EDT (Updated)

It's been 46-years since Gene Wilder first appeared in his top hat and purple jacket as the embodiment of Roald Dahl's eccentric candy maker, Willy Wonka, in the cinematic adaptation of the children's book. But on Saturday, November 4, 2017, Warner Bros. Pictures is hosting a one-night only, live-to-film concert presentation of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory at the Hollywood Bowl and we've got an exclusive look at what Wonka-vites are going to see.

In case a live-to-film experience is tripping you up conceptually, the special event features the original Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory played in its entirety on the Bowl big screens, while the likes of John Stamos (as Wonka), John Finn Wolfhard (as Charlie), Richard Kind (as Grandpa Joe), “Weird Al” Yankovic (as the Oompa Loompas) and more will come out to sing the signature songs live onstage.

Backing up the live performers will be brand new animations from illustrator Shag, which we're revealing exclusively.



Two of the major headliners, Stamos and Wolfhard (who plays Mike on Stranger Things), admit to SYFY WIRE that they are both lifelong Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

“I think Willy Wonka was the very first movie I ever went to," Stamos said. "I remember it was the time when you could bring your own popcorn and food to the theater and I made a big bag of popcorn and I don’t think I ate any of it because I was so fascinated by Gene Wilder, he was just so interesting. I just watched [the movie] again last night - I’ve seen it a thousand times – and I still can’t figure out that performance. It was brilliant.”

Wolfhard chimes in, "The first time I saw the movie was when I was four- I watched it over and over again.  My favorite moment is when they present [Charlie] with his birthday present - a Wonka bar. He doesn’t get a golden ticket, but the anticipation in the other characters is awesome."


Attendees of the event will get their own unique Scratch-N-Sniff Golden Ticket that will prompt the audience to smell along with the fun at key points in the night.  

If you want to be part of the special few to witness the candy madness in person, tickets are still available at Ticketmaster. Also, be part of the fan costume contest