Audiences will take a journey into pure imagination this month at Baltimore’s Hippodrome Theatre. Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, running from Tuesday, January 22nd to Sunday, January 27th, is the story of the beloved Willy Wonka who is opening his marvelous and mysterious chocolate factory…to a lucky few. That includes Charlie Bucket, whose bland life is about to burst with color and confection beyond his wildest dreams. He and four other golden ticket winners will embark on a mesmerizing joyride through a world of pure imagination. Baltimore OUTloud recently chatted with Danny Quadrino who plays Mike TeaVee in the production.
“[Mike TeaVee] is a video game, social media, techie-to-the-max.” Explained Quadrino. “He is a brat, and he is so terrible to his mother. His relationship with his mother, well, let’s just say he’s very terrible to her. He’s pretty entitled.” For the Long Island, New York-native, this role is far from his real-life persona as the actor can get. “I’m emphasizing his character traits for people of all ages to see this is what not to do. I’m doing everything on stage, that I would never personally do in real life. It’s fun to play someone who isn’t like me at all in real life.” He added laughing, “Or at least I hope I’m not.”
Quadrino has been performing professional for 10 years. He made his professional debut at 17-years old. The performer studied musical theater at Pace University. “My senior year I booked Newsies on Broadway. Then, I performed in Peter Pan Live and Wicked on Broadway for about 2 ½ years. After I did a few regional shows I then booked this role, and I absolutely love it.”
The story of Roald Dahl has been a beloved fixture in the literary and on-screen libraries of children of all ages. “I think that this story, specifically this show especially, is really amazing because it brings every telling of every version of Dahl classic out there together in one performance. There’s some things from both movies and the book. It’s really close to the book, and I think audiences can expect a few songs they are familiar with, but with an amazing score, as well.”
The ability to travel to parts of the country that he’s never seen before is one of the most enjoyable parts of the tour for Quadrino. “It’s cool to see parts of the country, and this is a great way to see it. With everything going on in the world right now, I think it’s the perfect time for this show. Everyone needs a bit of a 2 ½ hour escape that’s going to make their families feel good when they leave.”
- Since 2011, arts writer Frankie Kujawa has covered a wide scope of entertainment stories and celebrity interviews. From the late Carrie Fisher and LGBTQ icon George Takei to comedians Lily Tomlin and Kathy Griffin to performer Idina Menzel, Kujawa’s candid interview ability brings readers past the byline and into the heart of the story. His unbiased previews of Baltimore-Washington’s theatre scene have allowed readers an inside glimpse of today’s most popular local and national performances. A Baltimore-native, Kujawa is proud to call Charm City his home.