Charlie and The Chocolate Factory (Broadway)
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Charlie and The Chocolate Factory (Broadway)
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Charlie and The Chocolate Factory (Broadway) NYC Reviews and Tickets

74%
(947 Reviews)
Positive
72%
Mixed
20%
Negative
8%
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. 

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876 Reviews | 906 Followers
84
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 Read more

851 Reviews | 1007 Followers
84
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.

952 Reviews | 387 Followers
67
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. Read more

539 Reviews | 1877 Followers
73
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,

MJK
677 Reviews | 187 Followers
74
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. Read more

612 Reviews | 125 Followers
79
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.

605 Reviews | 226 Followers
80
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.

482 Reviews | 717 Followers
79
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).

Critic Reviews (52)

The New York Times
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 of everyone involved as the show turns increasingly surreal...Most gratifying is the transformation of Borle...Willy switches into dissing diva mode with a skip in his step and a fork in his tongue."
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Time Out New York
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, there’s only empty shell. Younger audiences can cheer, but adults are bound to conclude that 'Charlie' is like what happens with an Everlasting Gobstopper: lots of sucking."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
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 musicalization...I doubt this musical would have proved at all likable even if an apt style and thrilling visuals had been found for it. The story is too maudlin and, at the same time, too angry."
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New Yorker
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 part because Dahl spun his modern fairy tale so nimbly. And it has some real bright spots. There are catchy songs interspersed with the wonderful Bricusse-Newley songs from the 1971 film."
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The Hollywood Reporter
April 23rd, 2017

"The perversely charmless new musical will have little to offer grown-up audiences. Kids might find more to enjoy in this frantic Frankenstein's monster of a show, but that doesn't make it less of a misfire...This choc-atrocity has got to rank as one of the most aesthetically off-putting family musicals in memory...Between O'Brien's hyperactive direction and Thompson's biliously colorful designs, there's little to love...Spare yourself the empty calories."
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Entertainment Weekly
April 23rd, 2017

"The roles are mostly well played, the book is fine, the songs are serviceable, and the sets are fairly clever, but none of it is—transporting...The best thing about the new production is Christian Borle as Wonka...As good as Borle’s version is, Wilder still owns it. That may not be surprising. But what is is how flat most of the musical feels. From the moment the curtain raises until the moment it finally drops, there’s a sense that something is missing. Something magical. "
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Variety
April 23rd, 2017

"The uncanny darkness of Dahl’s imagination has been lightened and brightened in helmer Jack O’Brien’s mechanized production...While visually droll, too many of the gimmicks distract from the story and encourage the cartoon treatment of characters as caricatures. Happily, the character of Charlie Bucket escapes this mishandling...Ryan Foust was the best thing in the show...As played by Borle, Willy Wonka's much too charming and lacks the aura of stranger-danger."
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The Wall Street Journal
April 25th, 2017

“The new songs are fast-moving genre pieces that mostly go down without hiccups. O’Brien’s direction never lets the pace slacken, even if indigestion might result...If your tastes in candy and drama differ from mine, there is enough here at least to provide some amusement. And it is a legitimate treat to see how Wonka’s small-sized servants, the Oompa Loompas, make their appearance...The musical’s clotted and confused message left me longing for a steaming bowl of cabbage surprise."
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