Already closed | 2h 30m | Midtown W

Charlie and The Chocolate Factory (Broadway)

From 938 member  reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Funny, Delightful, Disappointing, Clever

About the show

Two-time Tony winner Christian Borle stars as magical candy master Willy Wonka in the new Broadway musical adaptation of Roald Dahl's beloved children's book.  More…

Willy Wonka, world famous inventor of the Everlasting Gobstopper, has just made an astonishing announcement. His marvelous—and mysterious—factory is opening its gates to a lucky few. It’s a world of pure imagination. Directed by three-time Tony-winning director Jack O'Brien, with new tunes by Tony-winning songwriters Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman of 'Hairspray' fame alongside classic songs from the 1971 movie.

2h 30m | Already closed | Lunt-Fontanne Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (938)


Entertaining, Funny, Delightful, Disappointing, Clever
Avg Score

Fun, Entertaining, Great for families, Absorbing, Clever

See it if Surprisingly entertaining.Great story, music, singing. Sets are clever, creative, fun & colorful. Imagination required.;-) Borle at his best

Don't see it if you expect the movie and/or lavish over-the-top sets. Some scenes are shocking but it's following the original book.Some inappropriate jokes

Also I was very pleasantly surprised. The reviews were harsh. ... Read more Read less

Funny, Entertaining, Fun, Delightful, Clever

See it if Very entertaining w/ lots of laughs. Borle & entire cast are great! Strong hilarious Moments esp in Act2! "Death" scenes very creative/fun.

Don't see it if You are looking for something serious. I find the critics reviews unjustifiably harsh. If you want a fun time, this is a great choice.

Entertaining, Disappointing, Great singing, Slow, Banal

See it if You don’t expect too much. It’s one of those shows that tries to recreate the movie almost scene for scene rather than adapting it to stage.

Don't see it if You expect to be charmed the same way you were by the original movie or the book or even dazzled by the Johnny Depp version. Not much heart.

Also Christian Borle sings all the songs from the original movie beautifull... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Fluffy, Clever staging, Borle!

See it if You have kids. It's a light and easy version of the story. Understated but clever staging. Weak music, but Borle is marvelous!

Don't see it if You expect a rehash of both movies or want to be dazzled. It's OK... entertaining with some strong moments, but some meh as well,

Playful, Entertaining, Delightful, Toothsome, Imaginative

See it if you seek a frolicsome, family-friendly, slightly updated version of the brilliant movie musical w/familiar tunes & forgettable new songs.

Don't see it if you can't just let your imagination run free & enjoy a confection of a musical that is long on fun, if a little short on grand spectacle.

Also There are some lost opportunities here, especially with the set design... Read more Read less

Busy, Uninvolving, Disappointing, Inconsistent, Fluffy

See it if you don't mind sitting through an uninspired adaptation of this great story to see fantastic work from Christian Borle and Jackie Hoffman.

Don't see it if you struggle with shows where a child actor is tasked with carrying the emotional weight of the show.

Disappointing, Entertaining, Overrated

See it if I love the first movie, its close to the movie, but I wish the stage more.

Don't see it if Its close to the movie but I was left something missing, watch the movie.

Delightful, Entertaining, Refreshing, Quirky, Sweet

See it if you're looking for some light, sweet, nostalgic entertainment the entire family can enjoy.

Don't see it if you have high expectations for the scenic design (it's not nearly what it could be) or are a Willy Wonka purist (this won't satisfy you).

Entertaining, Fun, Good for kids except for certain aspect described in review., Excellent sets and lighting

See it if You love the book and/or movie of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I enjoyed it. Christian Borle was great. Especially in second act.

Don't see it if You are concerned that the demise of four of the five children in the story might upset your own youngsters. Could be frightening for some.

Also The special effects, costumes and lighting tricks were fantastic and r... Read more Read less

Delightful, Entertaining, Banal, Fluffy, Intense

See it if You want a non-Disney family musical to take the kids to, and don't mind it being a bit too saccharine for adults.

Don't see it if You don't like your senses assaulted for 2.5 hours. This is a sugary, loud, brash show that exists to play to families of tourists.

Disappointing, Macabre, Quirky, Slow, Thank goodness for christian borle

See it if you enjoy bright lights, colorful sets, and seeing through the eyes of the young children in the audience. Christian Borle is always great.

Don't see it if Where's the magic? Where's the joy? Though darkly themed, I was expecting the show to be magical. Instead, it just seemed mean and slow.

Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Delightful, Quirky

See it if You are a Christian Borle fan and have a childish imagination. Go to the show in a good mood and sit next to happy, positive people.

Don't see it if You are expecting elaborate sets and an exact replica of the movie. You are not open-minded to the most original oompah-loompahs ever.

Delightful, Great staging, Quirky, Fun

See it if you just want a fun show.Borle is a gem & always worth seeing in anything.This has your favorite songs from movies, is just as delightful.

Don't see it if you like serious musicals.Like all Dahl books, this has a deep message & a dark side.But it is MUCH improved since London & is worth seeing.

Morbid but child-friendly, Unoriginal, Disappointing, Mixed bag of sweet and sour

See it if you can forgive a show w/ some nice aspects but still somehow ends up less than the sum of its parts. Borle makes the most of things.

Don't see it if you want a bold new take on the story. Show has its moments but as a whole it’s emotionally hollow and hesitates to depart from the movies.

Also The Charlie who acts on Mondays does not have the chops for this role.... Read more Read less

Great staging, Fluffy, Fun, Ambitious, Childlike

See it if you like the story, or you like multi-media presentations and child-like fluffy fun.

Don't see it if you are looking for solid entertainment an immpresive show or a meaningful story.

Disappointing, Indulgent, Underwhelming, Lazy scenic design, Slow

See it if it’s revived or goes on tour and someone gives you free tickets and you have nothing else to do that day.

Don't see it if someone on the talent level of Christian Borle isn’t playing Willy Wonka. The material is weak; it was only entertaining at all due to him.

Also Good God, how do you put on this show and not bother with sumptuous, o... Read more Read less

Delightful, Entertaining, Humorous, Quirky, Nostalgia-inducing

See it if open to quirky, colorful, whimsical worlds stemming from "pure imagination"; if you're a child or child at heart. Christian Borle delights!

Don't see it if you dislike zany, quixotic antics and sets; don't want to see children maimed or exploded (semi-explicitly); dislike Roald Dahl's world.

Also I'm not the biggest Roald Dahl fan, but his works have always held a s... Read more Read less

Delightful, Great singing, Masterful, Great staging, Must see

See it if you like an upbeat, lively show with great music, singing, dancing and cute effects. This show was fun from start to finish.

Don't see it if you don't like musicals or whimsical shows.

Also While there were many children in the audience, I think parents have t... Read more Read less

Delightful, Entertaining, Disappointing

See it if Want family-friendly entertainment of a show based on a film/book you love

Don't see it if Really wish it was a bit better with better music and a better book

Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if Great production of classic tale with some alterations in story.Use of adults to play the children is a terrific idea.Cast is outstanding.

Don't see it if Prior knowledge of Wonka story is helpful. Show is great fun. Use of puppetry for oompa-loompas works very well. Well acted and sung by all

Lackluster, bland, Banal, Disappointing

See it if you are a Ronald Dahl fan and have fond memories of the movie in a production that doesn't capture the heart and soul of the novel or movie.

Don't see it if you don't want to be disappointed in your memory of the novel/movie by seeing a watered down version that sucks out the charm and heart

Also the Broadway production is a scaled down, retooled version of the orig... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Underwhelming, What were they thinking?, Slow

See it if you're not expecting much. Based on a fantastical story, this musical's score and production remain sadly earthbound and mundane.

Don't see it if you want something inventive or engaging. The only truly bright spot is seeing Jackie Hoffman steal every scene she's in.

Lackluster, Missed opportunities, Disappointing, Boring, Lots of talent on stage, but not the material to showcase it

See it if you are looking for something to bring young kids to and have already seen all the other kid-friendly Broadway shows.

Don't see it if you are a fan of the movie and want to feel that sense of nostalgia--this show will not deliver that. Had potential to be so much better.

Also First, some good things...the costumes were incredible. Christian Borl... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Fluffy, Banal, Cliched, Dizzying

See it if you love Christian Brole and that's it. You will be disappointed if you think it will be like the first movie with the great Gene Wilder.

Don't see it if you want to be disappointed about an iconic movie. Its more of a children's theater show then a broadway show.

Dated, Entertaining, Bizarre, Quirky, Stereotypical

See it if You're a huge fan of the source material or someone involved in the show. You want to see a hot (expensive) mess. For the Oompa-Loompas.

Don't see it if You have a low tolerance for racial stereotypes, child death, elder death jokes, or colonial imperialist ambitions and slavery.

Also I don't know how this musical got made or who is taking their small ch... Read more Read less

April 23rd, 2017
"This big but tentative show doesn’t burst with flavor of any kind, not during its exposition-crammed first act. Only in its second half does the show acquire a distinct taste and it isn’t confectionary...The idea of macabre punishment seems to have acted as a stimulant on the creative faculties ...
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April 23rd, 2017
"Joyless, shapeless and grating...a stale Necco wafer of a musical...O’Brien directs this dull, clunky adaptation of the book and movie with none of the wit of the former nor the dreamy wonder of the latter. Maybe kids will enjoy the gaudy design and veneer of sassy satire, but when you bite down...
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April 23rd, 2017
"A show like 'Charlie' ought to have been a treat...So why did the thing turn into a hideous, cheap-looking, melted Whitman’s sampler? The glib answer is: too many cooks...The longer answer begins with Dahl. On the page, 'Charlie' immediately reveals itself as a bad candidate for stage musicaliza...
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April 25th, 2017
"The new production feels like the result of late-night script meetings and second-guessing. The artistic choices don’t seem wrong so much as exasperated...The effort to rejigger the story into something new has also opened a few plot holes...Despite its problems, the show is still watchable, in ...
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