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
Avg Score

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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!).

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.

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.

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.

Entertaining, Funny, Quirky, Disappointing

See it if you are curious of the stage version of Dahl's classic, Oompa Loompas, or a fan of Christian Borle.

Don't see it if you have high expectations in creativity or if you are a big fan of the movie version of the story.

Also I was very curious to see creativity in staging and Borle's version of... Read more Read less


See it if it certainly has the wackiness, and humorous style of Roald Dahl, but it lacks the innocence.This Willy Wonka was creepy and disturbing.

Don't see it if you are expecting creative scenic design, a memorable score,or a sweet,fluffy show for a young audience.Some jokes were not appropiate.

Also I enjoyed the performance of John Rubinstein as the feisty and hilario... Read more Read less

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.

Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you are Borle fan. He's great. Fans of book will find true to plot development.

Don't see it if you expect splashy good staging. Underwhelming. Grandparents bed and Wonka shop off to extreme side--didn't rent whole space?

Delightful, Enchanting, Heart warming, Great singing, Quirky

See it if loved the Gene Wilder movie version or just want an all-ages night out at the theater.

Don't see it if you don't like the Roald Dahl story, have a strong objection to the fantasy depiction of children being killed.

Also I think the production doesn't get the recognition that it deserves. G... Read more Read less

Delightful, Clever, Entertaining, Great staging, Hilarious

See it if You want to have fun, tons of laughs, entertaining lyrics and chuckle with the Oompa Loompas. Staging was creative and enjoyable to witness

Don't see it if You aren't into chocolate. . It is a little draggy at times and disjointed

Also The puppetry is so talented and amazing and worth to see that. You wil... Read more Read less


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.

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.

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

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.

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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