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)

MEMBERS SAY:

Entertaining, Funny, Delightful, Disappointing, Clever

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.

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

65
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.

65
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

68
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.

69
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

69
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

50
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.

68
Banal, Disappointing, Fluffy

See it if Christian Borle. Pure Imagination, even if the show lacks it.

Don't see it if Don't want to spoil the amazing memories of Gene Wilder and Co. Show lacks heart, hope and imagination.

50
Disappointing, Great singing, Overrated, Slow

See it if you have children and would like them to be entertained enough for a few hours at the theater.

Don't see it if you are expecting any of the edginess or fantastical sets of the movies. For such a "colorful" past, this show reads as dull.

69
Entertaining, Disappointing, Funny, Uninspired, Clever

See it if you have children you want to take because they will probably enjoy it. Good performances,especially Christian Borle and John Rubenstein.

Don't see it if you expect it to be as good as the book or the Gene Wilder movie or if you expect great music and a fast-moving production.

Also The Oompa-Loompas are great! It's better than the London production (w... Read more Read less

68
Disappointing

See it if Your curious about new musical based on book and two movies and like the story line with music added.

Don't see it if A transfer from London with less colorful scenery which means mediocre sets. Decent case tries to made it work but it's all uphill in this.

50
Disappointing, Disturbing, Good acting, Good singing, Unnecessary

See it if you think Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is too sweet and needs to be even darker than the Johnny Depp remake.

Don't see it if you are a fan of Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory or you have very young children especially those that are prone to nightmares.

55
Wonka, where's the magic? it's lacking "pure imagination"

See it if if you love Christian Borle or Jackie Hoffman (wait to see them in something else).

Don't see it if pure imagination missing/strange creative choices/disappointing set design.

Also Saw this in April. ... Read more Read less

62
Disappointing, Morbid, Failed set expectations, Bad 2nd act, Colorful

See it if you tolerate disappointments. Beginning is colorful and enjoyable. Gets dull, morbid and excruciating in the 2nd act.

Don't see it if you expect great set for the factory. It should have saved this show, but was amateurish and totally lacked imagination instead.

65
Disappointing, Fluffy, Quirky

See it if you have children or if you enjoy fluff. However, that won't be on display scenically. Music is light. Oompas are the only amusing aspect.

Don't see it if you want a Broadway set. This is a huge let down. The London production had amazing designs, and this misses the mark. No wow efx moments.

61
Great singing, Great acting, Disappointing, Indulgent, Entertaining

See it if Christian Borle gives a wonderful performance as Willy Wonka , so does the kid playing Charlie, Ryan Sell. That it lacks imagination is sad.

Don't see it if You like bigger sets, more elaborate staging, and more magic.

59
Sparse, Twisted, Disappointing, Fluffy, Non-magical

See it if you just need to see everything Christian Borle does

Don't see it if you expect the story to be matched with lavish sets and onstage whimsy and magic. It ain't!

50
Slow, Indulgent, Confusing

See it if You have to see absolutely everything Christian Borle.

Don't see it if You want the story to be the same as the book or the films. Many plot points are different.

60
Entertaining, Funny, Disappointing

See it if You like the overall story and are bringing a family

Don't see it if You want a spectacle. The set was basically nonexistent. Also the show is LOUD, lots of yelling and screaming.

52
Ambitious, Disappointing, Fluffy

See it if if you feel you have to see everything... this show disappointed & the night i went I did not even have the joy of seeing Christian Borle!

Don't see it if you can see something else!

58
Fluffy, Insipid

See it if You want a child friendly show.

Don't see it if Horrible music, acting, set, singing. This was painful.

69
Entertaining, Disappointing, Slow, Quirky, Funny

See it if you absolutely love Christian Borle because he is absolutely incredible as Wonka. Some of the music is well done.

Don't see it if you want to sit through a very slow first act which adds nothing to the plot. Very minimal sets, no actual Wonka until end of act 1.

68
Cliched, Disappointing, Funny, Overrated, Slow

See it if you have kids who won't know the difference

Don't see it if you are looking for something fresh or mildly interesting or fun

Also I had low expectations and I would say they were met! Is it terrible..... Read more Read less

65
Banal, Great staging, Insipid, Quirky, Disappointing

See it if You're taking kids to the theater and you can't get seats to Spongebob.

Don't see it if You didn't like Shrek

69
Great staging, Enchanting, Disappointing, Great acting, Slow

See it if you are a fan of the very talented Christian Borle and Jackie Hoffman & a fine score by Shaiman & Wittman; love the Roald Dahl story.

Don't see it if you're expecting the Wilder movie on stage; magic from the get-go (It's a slow starter until Borle's Wonka really gets going in Act II.)


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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