Charlie and the Chocolate Factory



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Henry Boshart

henry-boshart-2018 HENRY BOSHART (Charlie Bucket alt.) Fun Home National Tour (John), Untitled Netflix series recurring role. Many thanks to Dave McKeown and Shirley Grant Management, Monica, Badiene, Trapper, Denise and the entire Charlie creative team for this magical opportunity. All my love to Charlie, Amelia, Mom & Dad, family, friends and teachers for believing in me and supporting my dreams.


Brendan Reilly Harris

BRENDAN REILLY HARRIS (Charlie Bucket alt.) Brendan is thrilled to make his National Tour debut. Regional: Goodspeed Musicals, Hartford Stage, ACTofCT, Seven Angels, Warner Stage and International Playwrights. Selected favorites: Newsies (Les), Mary Poppins (Michael), Tommy (10YO Tommy), Will Rogers Follies (James) and Willy Wonka (Charlie). Thanks to the Charlie team, Telsey, Laura at Terrific Talent, Leslie at Buchwald, Dan, Christina and Popop! Love to Dad, Mom, and MaddieKay-Kay!


Rueby Wood

rueby-wood (1) RUEBY WOOD (Charlie Bucket alt.) Rueby is 11 years old, based in Central New York, and excited to be a part of the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory tour. Recent credits include Mary Poppins (Michael Banks, Syracuse Stage), Wizard of Oz (Syracuse Stage), Oliver (Oliver), Narnia (Tumnus). In his spare time, Rueby performs magic tricks, designs short films (“Extraordinary”, YouTube), reads, and cooks.


Review Quotes

The Entertainer Magazine – 06/13/2019

“…Jeffery delivers Charlie Bucket as it was intended: A young boy who lives in the clouds, attempting to get away from the harsh realities of his lower-income family. The young actor’s voice resonates with the audience and his performance is endearing.”

Talkin’ Broadway Phoenix – 06/12/2019

“The cast is quite good…and Collin Jeffery, who alternates the part of Charlie with Henry Boshart and Rueby Wood, bright and full of charm as this young dreamer.”

Broadway World Los Angeles – 06/05/2019

“Also excellent is young Collin Jeffery who played Charlie at the performance I attended (he shares the role with Henry Boshart and Rueby Wood), who displays remarkable range for his age and can hold his own opposite Weisberg. Besides his enthusiastic performance style, he also brings out the best in co-star Young…”

Los Angeles Times – 05/30/2019

“The role of Charlie is so demanding that it’s shared by three youngsters performing alternately. Tuesday’s Charlie was a charming Henry Boshart, who navigated the tricky stage mission like a seasoned professional.”

San Diego Union-Tribune – 05/16/2019

“…a waltz-time number that young Collin Jeffery sang with breezy appeal on opening night.”

North Bay Stage and Screen – 05/03/2019

“Henry Boshart (one of three young actors performing the role of Charlie Bucket) is absolutely delightful in the role and brings a charm to the show…”

Bay Area Plays – 04/27/2019

“…opening night performer and wonderful talent Henry Boshart…”

Broadway World San Francisco – 04/22/2019

“Young Charlie Bucket (played charmingly by Henry Boshart on opening night)…”

Theatrius – 04/21/2019

“As a delightful Charlie, Henry Boshart is brimming with energy. He epitomizes hope, unspoiled by the poverty around him”

Mercury News – 04/20/2019

“…Henry Boshart’s suitably adorable turn…Boshart has pipes and timing…”

Theater Dogs – 04/18/2019

“Charlie was played by Henry Boshart (who shares the role with Collin Jeffery and Rueby Wood) in a bright and friendly fashion.”

Observations Along the Road – 04/13/2019

“Wood captured the character well….He was able to capture the right range of emotion and wonder for the character, and sang and moved well for someone so young.”

Metro Source – 04/09/2019

“Eleven-year-old Rueby Wood (who shares the role with two other child actors on a rotating basis) performed on opening night and brought just the right mix of innocence and heart to the role. His voice is clear and strong and showed no sign of strain. Tackling these tricky, Wonka-licious lyrics, makes enunciation critical, and this 11-year-old aced it.”

My Burbank – 04/04/2019

“Henry Boshart (Charlie Bucket) was perfect as the young boy with a heart as golden as his golden ticket, a lad who doesn’t know how to be other than completely himself. He was the perfect foil not only for Willy Wonka but the hilariously spoiled brats who were competing with him for the grand prize. Small wonder that when Weisberg and Boshart took their bows, the audience’s vigorous applause soared to a standing ovation.”

Park LaBrea News Beverly Press – 04/04/2019

“Wood ably portrays the pure-of-heart Charlie with a sense of wonder and sells the audience on his passion for candy.”

Discovery Hollywood – 04/01/2019

“Mini-singing-powerhouse Charlie Bucket (played by Rueby Wood on opening night)…” Hollywood – 04/01/2019

“…Charlie Bucket (played brilliantly by Rueby Wood opening night and alternating with actors Collin Jeffery and Henry Boshart)…”

Los Angeles Post-Examiner – 03/30/2019

“…the obviously young Henry Boshart has all the right stuff to be a huge success in the performing arts.”

Broadway World Los Angeles – 03/29/2019

“Standouts include…Boshart as the lovable Charlie…”

LA Excites – 03/29/2019

“Rueby Wood depicts Charlie with an enthusiastic innocence and has a powerful and poignant singing voice that is especially affecting when he pours his heart out to Wonka during ‘A Letter from Charlie Bucket.'”

Los Angeles Times – 03/29/2019

“At Wednesday’s opening, the role was winningly handled by Rueby Wood (one of three alternating actors), who is irresistibly enthusiastic and sounds sweet and pure in song.”

Park La Brea News Beverly Press – 03/29/2019

“Wood ably portrays the pure-of-heart Charlie with a sense of wonder and sells the audience on his passion for candy.”

Daily News – 03/28/2019

“Three preteen actors alternate in the role of Charlie on this tour. At the performance reviewed, 11-year-old Rueby Wood matched energy, commitment and vocal power with the rest of the all-adult cast.”

The Hollywood Reporter – 03/28/2019

“If Wonka dominates the second act, the first act is Charlie’s, and young Rueby Wood did an exemplary job in the spotlight on opening night. He anchored the ensemble, bringing earnest warmth to ‘A Letter From Charlie Bucket’ and unbridled verve to ‘I’ve Got a Golden Ticket’…”

Toledo Blade – 03/21/2019

“Three performers alternate in the role, and at Tuesday’s opening night it was Collin Jeffery. The youngster boasts a sweet, clear voice and deft comic timing, no small feat in a cast where the adult kids are all ferociously vying for Wonka’s favor.”

Artistry Magazine – 03/14/2019

“…and Henry Boshart holds his own as the titular role of Charlie (Collin Jeffery and Rueby Wood also rotate the role). The entire cast was enthusiastic, if anything, and boasted decent voices…”

Cherry and Spoon – 03/07/2019

“Three children alternate in the role of Charlie; I saw Rueby Wood and he more than held his own as the only child in the cast full of talented professionals. He’s the heart of the show.”

Twin Cities Arts Reader – 03/06/2019

“At opening night this was Rueby Wood, a talented boy with energy and charisma, and more to the point excellent chemistry with Benjamin Howes’ Willy Wonka.”

In The Spotlight – 02/21/2019

“On opening night 10-year-old, Henry Boshart gave a sweet, winning account of the role.”

The Westfield News – 02/20/2019

“Henry Boshart played Charlie on opening night; he shares the role with two other actors, and his performance was accomplished.”

Triangle Arts and Entertainment (author Nicole Noel) – 02/15/2019

“…Charlie Bucket (played by the adorable Rueby Wood)…”

The Triangle Explorer – 02/15/2019

“Charlie Bucket was played by Rueby Wood on Tuesday night. His portrayal of Charlie brought a kindness and optimism that was refreshing to see in a character that is usually portrayed more downtrodden due to his life of poverty.”

Broadway World Raleigh – 02/13/2019

“But the biggest thing this production has going for it comes in a pint-sized package called Charlie. On opening night, 11-year-old Rueby Wood gave a hearty performance as Charlie Bucket, a poor kid with an inventive, albeit one-track, mind. His endearing and winsome performance will tug at the heart and wear you down until you too are a believer that with a little imagination, anything is possible.”

Triangle Arts and Entertainment (author Susie Potter) – 02/13/2019

“Likewise, Tuesday’s Charlie, as portrayed by young Rueby Wood, was purely perfect in his role. While Charlie is often portrayed as a sad, downtrodden character – understandable due to the poverty he lives in – Wood creates a spunky, wonderfully optimistic Charlie that audiences easily fall in love with.”

UMD The Writer’s Bloc – 01/30/2019

“It is in disguise as the candy store owner that Wonka first meets our hero Charlie Bucket (played by Rueby Wood at this performance). Wood sings with wide eyes and a voice as pure as the heart of his character as he gives new life to Charlie Bucket. Although Charlie is typically played as a shy, sweet mannered boy, Wood’s version of the character is confident, fierce (although still sweet mannered) and happy – a bold but welcome change that exemplifies Charlie’s internal fighting spirit and desire to be good. … As the fifth and final Golden Ticket is found under the wrapper of Charlie’s Wonka Wiffle Scrumptious Fudgemallow Delight bar, Wood wows with his rendition of ‘I’ve Got a Golden Ticket’ and reminds audiences of the joy and energy that made Charlie and the Chocolate Factory an icon of childhood dreams.”

DC Metro Arts – 01/24/2019

“With a winning young actor in the lead role, any ticket to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is good as gold. Eleven-year-old Rueby Wood made the perfect Charlie Bucket the night we attended at Baltimore’s Hippodrome Theatre.”

BroadwayWorld Baltimore – 01/23/2019

“As manic as Wonka is, Rueby Wood as Charlie Bucket is just as quietly charming and earnest. Wood’s constant state of wonder mirrors his mentor Wonka. Wood allows Charlie’s imagination to shine.”

Lynn Happens – 01/12/2019

“The role of Charlie is played by three different actors. For the performance I reviewed Charlie was performed by Henry Boshart. He delivers his performance with a lot of conviction and child-like imagination.”

Post City Toronto – 12/18/2018

“[Other high points] included the performance of little Charlie Bucket, would-be chocolatier, who on this night was played wonderfully by Henry Boshart. What a charmer.”

The Bay Observer – 12/07/2018

“I was particularly impressed with pint sized dynamo Henry Boshart (who looks about 11 years old), who portrays the title character (in rotation with two other youngsters). Boshart fills the role with full authority, vocally strong, sturdy acting and self assurance, indicating a future theatre career.”

The Slotkin Letter – 12/05/2018

“As Charlie, Rueby Wood has confidence and sweetness for days. He plays Charlie’s innocence, his moral centre without being prickly about it and his boyishness. Plus he sings beautifully.”

Oakville News – 12/02/2018

“…the child playing Charlie at my performance, Henry Boshart, is a talented young man. He moves with confidence onstage in the most focused performance of anyone.”

BroadwayWorld Toronto – 11/23/2018

“As Charlie, Boshart was one of the most talented child actors I’ve ever seen on the stage. Everything from his singing to his acting was top-notch.”

Mooney on Theatre – 11/23/2018

“Henry Boshart, the show’s star in the title role, appeared to be merely a few years older than my kiddo. The Broadway size talent in this pint-sized star is truly awe-inspiring. With precocious stage presence, Boshart has no trouble holding the room’s attention. This is a big sing for a little kid and he demonstrates excellent vocal technique, with very stable, supported singing throughout all parts of his range. He does not sacrifice performative playfulness for vocal control either. His dramatic interpretation is also superbly mature. Even though Charlie is poor with nothing of value to call his own, we never once feel sorry for him as played by Boshart. His conviction that he is blessed with a loving and supportive family shone through every word and note.”

Toronto Guardian – 11/22/2018

“The role of Charlie Bucket is a demanding one that has the child actor on stage pretty much the entire show. Boshart captured our hearts the night we attended (rotating in the role include Collin Jeffery and Rueby Wood). His duet with Weisberg near the end of the show is breathtaking and spot on.”

Philly 2 Philly – 11/08/2018

“…Charlie, played by the exceptional Henry Boshart—the show’s true standout. As the down-on-his-luck Bucket, Boshart immediately captures the heart of the audience, and convinces you there’s nothing more you want to see than for him to get that Golden Ticket and somehow find a better life than he deserves for himself and his family.”

The Inquirer – 11/07/2018

“…here, the story line warms with the radiant performances of Young and Boshart, whose young voice sparkles.”

BroadwayWorld Cincinnati – 10/27/2018

“Boshart had the perfect child-like wonder that made all of Charlie’s dreaming, creating, and excitement so believable. Boshart’s voice equally matches his tremendous acting ability. He sings a touching song in Act I where he is composing a letter to Wonka requesting creations to help his mother and elderly grandparents. This was another tear-jerking moment. Boshart delivers such an honest and sweet performance as Charlie. If you get to see him, you are in for quite a treat!”

Behind the Curtain Cincinnati – 10/26/2018

“Tuesday evening Henry Boshart played Charlie Bucket and handled the demands of the role well.”

Northwest Herald – 10/12/2018

“Our Charlie was played by Henry Boshart, who has all the enthusiasm and excitement of someone who is pure of heart.”

Candid Candace – 10/11/2018

“The cast was outstanding and each perfect for the characters they portrayed but little Charlie Bucket, played by Henry Boshart, was a standout.”

DADaPalooza – 10/11/2018

“There are three actors playing Charlie (which makes sense, as it is quite a demanding role)…The boy we saw, Henry Boshart, was really great.”

Buzz Center Stage – 10/06/2018

“Henry Boshart is charming as the titular Charlie, providing that rare but happy balance in a child actor that is neither too precocious and polished, nor too amateur. I’d be curious to see how the other two Charlies in this traveling show do, but Boshart does a fine job. His chemistry with James Young’s cuddly yet curmudgeonly Grandpa Joe seems real, as does his connection with Weisberg’s Wonka.”

Chicago Now (review by Rick and Brenda McCain) – 10/06/2018

“Henry was adorable as Charlie the amateur tinkerer with an imagination to fill the Oriental Theatre twice over on opening night. We watched this pint-size actor intrigue us for 2 hours and 20 minutes even though you probably know the story you couldn’t help but to root for him to get the last ticket, beat out the other four contestants and win the grand prize.”

Chicago Parent – 10/05/2018

“Henry Boshart, splitting the role of Charlie Bucket with two other children, is a rootable hero, worthy of that lifetime supply of candy.”

Chicago Theater and Arts – 10/05/2018

“Henry Boshart (Collin Jeffery and Rueby Wood alternates) steals the show as the downtrodden Charlie Bucket. He dreams of a better life for himself, his widowed mom and four beloved grandparents. He’s adorable, high energy with a sweet singing voice.”

Around the Town Chicago – 10/04/2018

“We were witness to the adorable Boshart on opening night. A cutie-pie loaded with talent.”

Chicago Now (review by Candace Jordan) – 10/04/2018

“The cast was outstanding and each perfect for the characters they portrayed but little Charlie Bucket, played by Henry Boshart, was a standout.”

Chicago On Stage – 10/04/2018

“…the endearing Henry Boshart in this performance…”

Chicago Sun-Times – 10/04/2018

“But it’s Boshart’s guileless affability as Charlie that anchors the production. He’s adorable, he can sing with the intensity of a 120 percent pure cocoa candy bar and he never slips into treacle. You’re rooting for him throughout.”

Chicago Theatre & Concert Reviews – 10/04/2018

“The titular Charlie Bucket was portrayed with heart and honesty, on the opening night of this National Tour, by Henry Boshart. This young man is a multitalented actor with an impressive list of credits. (At alternate performances, Charlie is played by Collin Jeffery and Rueby Wood who, one assumes, are all just as equally talented)….The cast is excellent to competent. As mentioned, Henry Boshart makes a great Charlie.”

The Fourth Walsh – 10/04/2018

“…Charlie Bucket (played by the outstanding Henry Boshart, one of three young actors performing the title role)…And Boshart channels all the enthusiasm of his luck finally changing in the infectious ‘I’ve Got a Golden Ticket.'”

Stage and Cinema – 10/04/2018

“…on opening night, adorable Henry Boshart…”

Chicago Concert Reviews – 10/03/2018

“…the constantly daydreaming pauper boy Charlie (played at this particular performance by the tremendous Henry Boshart)…”

George Walsh – 10/02/2018

“Henry Boshart plays the plucky Charlie Bucket convincingly”

Buffalo Rising – 9/27/2018

“It must be said that all of the principals on stage were very skilled, including…Henry Boshart (on the night I went) as young hopeful Charlie Bucket…”

Buffalo News – 9/26/2018

“Three boys share the role of Charlie on the tour. Henry Boshart was on stage this night and seemed to be a natural in the part, a good foil for Wonka’s wisecracks and wordplay, like when he’s referred to as a ‘little wrapper sniffer’ in one of Wonka’s throw-away lines.”

Buffalo Theatre Guide – 9/26/2018

“Henry Boshart is fantastic as Charlie. The level of professionalism that this young man has is stellar and his stage presence and persona are great. He takes to the stage and as the only child performer in the show, deserves to be there. He sings incredibly well, and does not disappoint.”

Buffalo Vibe – 9/26/2018

“Such is the dilemma faced by eleven-year-old Charlie, played with earnest sweetness and sincere resolve by Henry Boshart, who shares the role with two other boys…”

Totally Buffalo – 9/26/2018

“Little Charlie Bucket – played by Henry Boshart – was simply amazing. The little guy with a big voice – brings you right into his world. The poor, but honest little boy who is just too good to be greedy was extremely lovable.”

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