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

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

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

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.

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,

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.

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

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.

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).

79
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

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.

70
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.

81
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.

85
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.

80
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

90
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

76
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

82
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

73
Entertaining, Good performances, Disappointing set, Better than expected, Uneven

See it if you're a fan of Borle or Hoffman. If you can get a discount ticket. If you like dark humor--badly behaved kids get what they deserve.

Don't see it if you can't get a cheap ticket. Much better shows out there for the money. Still, it was better than the reviews led me to believe.

Also I got a discount ticket before the reviews came out. I went in expecti... Read more Read less

77
Entertaining, Clever, Great acting, Quirky, Family friendly

See it if Borle and Faust shine as Wonka and Charlie in this cute, well acted, family-friendly fare. Act 2 was better than the first.

Don't see it if You expect typical Broadway sets. These are mediocre at best. I did however, enjoy the production more than I'd expected.

76
Entertaining, Funny, Slow

See it if you are a fan of the book and want to see it brought to life. The show is very funny but dark as most Roald Dahl books are.

Don't see it if child cruelty is too disturbing for you. Many of the golden ticket winners do not have a happy fate.

97
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You love Christian Borle; you like clever staging; you'll enjoy figuring out how those oompa loompas work

Don't see it if You need it to be exactly like the movie; you don't like adults portraying children

77
Entertaining, Quirky, Great acting, Funny, Chintzy

See it if Exceptional cast led by Borle; Oompa Lumpas and Veruca Salt dance scene are masterful; has great heart and fun for 9-13 year olds

Don't see it if production values seem more for the road than a first-class Broadway production; maze scene looks like a high school summer stock scene

80
Entertaining, Refreshing, Clever, Enjoyable, Uninspiring

See it if You want an enjoyable, mindless, entertaining but not particularly impressive evening in the theatre. The staging is lacking at times.

Don't see it if You expect the show to be just like the movie, you are expecting Borle to act like Gene Wilder. He does his own thing, which is rather good.

75
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Quirky, Great for kids

See it if You like slightly twisted kids-to adult musicals. The oompa loompas were hysterical. It was very sweet.

Don't see it if You want to engage with a dramatic story.

Also I felt somewhat embarassed for Christian Borle. He deserves much bette... Read more Read less

77
Quirky, Entertaining, Disappointing, Funny, Great singing

See it if You like cutesy musicals with some clever staging tricks, the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory story, or Christian Borle!

Don't see it if You expect extravagant sets reminiscent of the movies, or are offended by on-stage violence (though done in good humor!).

82
Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Delightful

See it if You like the story, are a Christian Borle fan, or want to bring children to a fun show

Don't see it if You don't show which have audiences with a lot of children, or don't like musicals.

70
Disappointing, Overrated, Great acting

See it if you are a fan of the story or of any of the actors in the show, or just curious about how they would portray the story live on stage.

Don't see it if you believe that this story should contain an amazing set for the chocolate factory because they utterly failed in this department.


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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