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.
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
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.
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.
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,
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.