Find Out What We Thought of Finn Wolfhard as Charlie Bucket in 'Willy Wonka' Live
Finn Wolfhard is best known for battling the forces of evil in Stranger Things, and this summer's horror blockbuster It, but the star recently took on a different kind of role.
Finn was front and center in the Hollywood Bowl's live-to-stage production of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, as O.G. paperboy Charlie Bucket.
Wearing Charlie's signature cozy scarf, Finn strolled onto the stage of the Bowl—in front of more than 17,000 screaming fans—with veteran actor Richard Kind, to perform Grandpa Joe and Charlie's classic, "I've Got a Golden Ticket."
"Can you believe we're here at the Hollywood Bowl, Finn?" asked Richard Kind, breaking character.
"I don't know," replied Finn, "I've seen stranger things!"
It wasn't just Finn who got to play a part in the Bowl's joyous tribute to the 1971 film. John Stamos—aka Uncle Jesse from Full House—took on the signature top hat of Willy Wonka, delighting the audience with "Pure Imagination," and even taking over the orchestra for a drum solo.
The rest of the cast included Ingrid Michaelson as Mrs. Bucket, Elle King as Veruca Salt, and Weird Al Yankovic as the Oompa Loompas. In between scenes from the original movie, the stars came out to sing and dance, accompanied by a fantastic visual light show that turned the enormous Bowl into its own candy-covered extravaganza. There were even scratch-and-sniff "Golden Tickets" to turn the experience into one for all senses!
Unfortunately the show only performed one glorious night, but we got a chance to capture some of the magic on our Insta story:
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