"Weird Al" Yankovic to Play the Oompa Loompas in 'Willy Wonka'

A live-to-film Hollywood Bowl event will also feature John Stamos, Finn Wolfhard, Giancarlo Esposito and more

BY Calum SlingerlandPublished Sep 19, 2017

After bringing the Muppets' world to life onstage last month, the Hollywood Bowl is now set to host a live-to-film rendition of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.

The Los Angeles venue will screen the 1971 film starring Gene Wilder, which will be accompanied by live music, singers, dancers, effects and special guests. John Stamos will play Willy Wonka, while "Weird Al" Yankovic has been tapped to play the Oompa Loompas (yes, all of them). 

The cast also includes Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things/IT) as Charlie, Giancarlo Esposito (Better Call Saul) as the Candy Man, Richard Kind (Inside Out) as Grandpa Joe, Elle King as Veruca Salt and Ingrid Michaelson as Mrs. Bucket.

DeVotchKa's Nick Urata has been named music director of the performance, with the band also joining a musical ensemble conducted by Jeff Hoeppner. The show will take place at the Hollywood Bowl on November 3 and 4. 

Tickets go on sale to the general public on September 23 at 10 a.m. and can be found here.

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