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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory [Soundtrack]

The Original London Cast Recording Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (7 Oct 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Sony Music Classical
  • ASIN: B00EOFGRYU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,305 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Opening - Company, The Original London Cast Recording
2. Almost Nearly Perfect - The Original London Cast Recording, Jack Costello
3. The Amazing Fantastical History Of Mr. Willy Wonka - Roni Page, Nigel Planer, Myra Sands, The Original London Cast Recording, Billy Boyle
4. A Letter From Charlie Bucket - The Bucket Family, The Original London Cast Recording, Jack Costello
5. News Of Augustus - Company, Kate Graham, Ross Dawes, The Original London Cast Recording
6. More Of Him To Love - The Original London Cast Recording, Jasna Ivir, Jenson Steele, Joe Allen
7. News Of Veruca - Kate Graham, Ross Dawes, The Original London Cast Recording
8. When Veruca Says - Tia Noakes, The Original London Cast Recording, Clive Carter
9. News Of Violet - Kate Graham, Ross Dawes, The Original London Cast Recording
10. The Double Bubble Duchess - Paul Medford, The Original London Cast Recording, Jade Johnson
11. News Of Mike - Kate Graham, Ross Dawes, The Original London Cast Recording
12. It's Teavee Time! - Jay Heyman, The Original London Cast Recording, Iris Roberts
13. If Your Mother Were Here - Jack Shalloo, The Original London Cast Recording, Alex Clatworthy
14. Don'cha Pinch Me Charlie - Company, Nigel Planer, The Original London Cast Recording, Jack Costello
15. It Must Be Believed To Be Seen - Douglas Hodge, Company, The Original London Cast Recording
16. Strike That, Reverse It - Douglas Hodge, Company, The Original London Cast Recording
17. The Chocolate Room - Douglas Hodge, Company, The Original London Cast Recording, Jack Costello
18. Simply Second Nature - Douglas Hodge, The Original London Cast Recording
19. Augustus' Downfall - Douglas Hodge, The Original London Cast Recording, Jasna Ivir, Jenson Steele
20. Auf Wiedersehen Augustus Gloop - Douglas Hodge, The Original London Cast Recording, Oompa-Loompas, Jasna Ivir, Jenson Steele
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Recording of a Good Show 9 Oct 2013
By Pantheon TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Marc Shaiman's (Hairspray the Musical and numerous brilliant film scores)new musical 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' is a bit of a mixed bag. There are moments of brilliance mixed in freely with mediocrity. Personally, I found it to be a very enjoyable listening experience as a whole and I will be listening to it frequently over the coming weeks - but I can understand why the critics have been quite harsh.
On first listen none of the new songs are very memorable. While listening each is good and enjoyable; but after the CD finished they are all easily forgettable - with ONE exception: Pure Imagination, which wasn't even written for this show.

Apparently (if the internet is to be believed) audiences/critics were saying the second half of the show needed something 'more'. Then some bright spark came up with the idea of putting the most popular song from the film version of the story into this production. Does that work? Almost. Pure Imagination is a brilliant song and it fits nicely into this show; but it also highlights how unmemorable the rest of the songs are.

Now, having said that, there is a lot to love in this production. Firstly: the kids are all excellent. There are moments where diction is a problem; but all is forgiven in the face of such incredible talent. Each child is given a moment to shine and they really give their all. Stand-outs are Charlie and Veruca.
There's also a nice blend of music styles in this show (similar to last years brilliant 'Bring it On - The Musical') - used very effectively to accentuate each child's character. So, you get R&B for Violet, Electronica for Mike etc. It's very effective and makes for a more interesting listening experience.

Now, onto Mr. Wonka himself: Douglas Hodge. Mr.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Douglas Hodge is brilliant 16 May 2014
By Rory
Format:Audio CD
When Douglas Hodge sings the opening line of it must be seen to be believed, it actually sends chills down my spine. He's a fine actor and is wonderful in everything he does but this is so good.

Great to see Nigel Planer, another fantastic musical actor.

Cast are great. The kids do so well. Sets are unexpected. Great show !
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5.0 out of 5 stars xmas present 26 Feb 2014
By KATE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
As this was a xmas present, I can only tell you that the P/p were great,
and it came earlier than expected.
My Neice said it,s great!.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This show is amazing 9 Feb 2014
By RMM89
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I loved the show when I saw it and the soundtrack makes it easier to pick out how clever some of the lyrics are. The songs are brilliant and catchy and I don't regret the ridiculous amount of times I've listened to this.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
When I heard that Shaiman and Wittman were penning a new original score for Roald Dahl's deliciously delightful story of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, I have to say, I squealed with delight! This pair having devised the utterly divine scores of Hairspray and Catch Me If You Can are no strangers to catchy, memorable melodies! However, when I read the reviews for the London Production of Charlie, they all picked up one crucial point:

'Marc Shaiman's otherwise unmemorable score, most songs having more style than substance, with words hard to decipher.'

'What this Charlie and the Chocolate Factory also lacks is a memorable soundtrack. The dozen-odd collection of new songs, written by the Broadway hit factory Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, mostly missed the mark.'

Hmmmmmmmmm, I said to my self. I needed to listen to this score ASAP. So, I watched the videos on YouTube and on the official Charlie website. For the entire week later, I was singing and humming 'Don't Ya Pinch Me, Charlie' - one of the best numbers from the show.When I finally got hold of the cast album, I sat myself in a quiet room and listened to them all from start to finish, with no interruptions. Here was my verdict:

Obviously, the creative team have tried to modernise the story - giving it a 21st century slant. This is evident in the music - Shaiman never fails to use as many genres and styles in his scores and to great effect! Ranging from RNB for Violet, Electronica for Mike and a soft shoe number for the Grandparents. Yes, they may not seem catchy at first and not grab you like they should, but in the end, they do grow on you!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just like being there 14 May 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
What a bonus my son gets the CD and I get the MP3 its a win win for us all
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great musical on stage and a great reminder 24 Mar 2014
Format:MP3 Download|Verified Purchase
Loved this show on stage - and the music is a great reminder of a wonderful evening - would def recommend
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sing along 27 Feb 2014
By Minnie
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Went to see the musical with my daughter last autumn and got this for her afterwards. She sings along to the songs in her room. Found it to be a bit cheaper here than if I had bought from the theatre shop too...
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