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

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

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

Clever, Disappointing, Dizzying, Edgy, Fluffy

See it if you are a fan of the book on which the play is based and/or the movies the book inspired.

Don't see it if you'd prefer not to see what amounts to a pretty creepy story with some violent (yet played for laughs) fates for children.

Disappointing, Insipid, Indulgent, Unimaginative, Shoddy

See it if only if you have a child who is obsessed with the book and insists on seeing it.

Don't see it if you expect better work from such a previously distinguished creative team.

Disappointing, Stupid

See it if You're sucked in by that name-brand recognition.

Don't see it if You're not interested in a ludicrous adaptation attempting to reach millennials, plagued by lazy choices that avoid spectacle at all costs.

Banal, Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow

See it if I don't like trashing Bway shows, I know all the passion and work that goes into creating them. However, this show is an ill-conceived mess

Don't see it if It's not a complete disaster, but there're many other better musicals to chose from. Don't waist your time and money on this one.


See it if you don't care if they bastardize a classic novel and beloved film.

Don't see it if you love the classic novel and film (the FIRST ONE please!). This is just mean spirited.

Horrible set, Borel's worst, Limped score, Awful book

See it if Want to watch Borel ruin his singing voice pushing and at sea acting wise. He tries everything with no success to save this turkey.

Don't see it if You've never seen a B'Way Show. You'll never want to see another with today's overpricing .

Disappointing, Excruciating, Overrated, Slow, Insipid

See it if you are not expecting much in the way of content.

Don't see it if you're expecting quality musical theatre.

Cliched, Disappointing, Excruciating, Fluffy

See it if the oompas are done in a really interesting way. The rest of the show fell flat. Hard to watch. Maybe see if you're a big wonka fan

Don't see it if there are better shows to see that are good for the whole family

Funny, Disappointing, Overrated, Bizarre, Bad performances

See it if you have kids that want to see it. It's definitely a show tailored to young audiences

Don't see it if You want a well-done show.....Only highlights of the show were Christian and John's performances and a few moments

Ambitious, Disappointing, Fluffy, Slow, Quirky

See it if The book was poorly written. Music was mediocre. And the 'set' was a disappointment.

Don't see it if Watch Anastasia instead.

Disappointing, Dizzying, Confusing, Slow, Banal

See it if you're curious or just want to see Christian Borle and Jackie Hoffman on stage.

Don't see it if you expect any sort of pure imagination because this production completely lacks in that department. It also lacks consistency.

Disappointing, Cliched, Slow, Overrated, Excruciating

See it if Well, unfortunately i got the understudy to Christian Borle. He was the only reason I wanted to see it, but it was a lottery ticket.

Don't see it if I can't believe how many kids came to see an 8pm Sat. Performance. It has some very dark themes....nightmare stuff.

Also I couldn't believe how many people arrived late, some as much as 30 tp... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Terrible staging, Insipid

See it if You need to see a show that's family-friendly

Don't see it if You don't appreciate shows that are seemingly just looking to cash in on a childhood classic without putting any effort or love into it

Confusing, Funny, Fluffy, Overrated

See it if you have kids.

Don't see it if you expect good bookwriting.

Insipid, Indulgent, Excruciating, Disappointing, Offensive

See it if someone's forcing you to by gunpoint.

Don't see it if you can do literally anything else.

Slow, Excruciating, Funny, Cliched, Disappointing

See it if You want to waste your time and money on something that should never been produced. Or if you love Jackie Hoffman (she's the only good part)

Don't see it if you like good theatre.

Grim, Charmless, Depressing

See it if you have no expectations of being entertained or charmed

Don't see it if you harbor sweet, nostalgic feelings for the movie and/or the book

Disappointing, Overrated, Slow

See it if You just cannot talk your kid out of it....certainly no guarantee that even kids will love it..

Don't see it if You expect any real excitement or great staging or effects.

Also The Charlie that we saw, (there are three) did not have a great voice ... Read more Read less

Racist, Disappointing, Flat-out bad, Fluffy, Excruciating

See it if you like people taking dumps on your childhood.

Don't see it if you have respect for your kids or yourself. Nothing about this show works. See Anastasia instead. Or anything, really.

Also The Oompa Loompas are cute at first. Then they have a whole song about... Read more Read less

Banal, Cliched, Confusing

See it if you like chocolate and you are 12

Don't see it if you are above 18

Disappointing, Excruciating, Overrated

See it if banal, trivial and one of the worst shows to hit Broadway this season. Sets look like a high school production, choreography lifeless, dull.

Don't see it if you are expecting a full, awe-inspiring evening in the theatre, with great performances, great music and something for your expensive ticket

Banal, Disappointing, Excruciating, Insipid, Overrated

See it if You need to take kids to a show and they've already seen everything else. You are a die-hard Borle fan and must see him.

Don't see it if you like anything about this franchise. You want to see actual *sets*. You could see anything else instead.

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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