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

Entertaining, Great singing, Fluffy, Indulgent

See it if you are a Christian Borle fan, as he is marvelous in this show, and if you like fun sets and costumes (especially the OompaLoompas!!!)

Don't see it if you don't like musicals or want a show that's not mindless...

Enchanting, Entertaining, Funny, Cute, Lovely

See it if you love the classic story of Willy Wonka.

Don't see it if you are expecting great music and the play of the year.

Also I met Wily Wonka through Tim Burton's movie, and I fell in love with t... Read more Read less

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.


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.

Sweet, Family friendly, Endearing, Cute, Light and fluffy

See it if You want to see a nicely produced, fun, easy, family musical. It is a solid if unspectacular take on the story. Christian Borle is great.

Don't see it if You are not willing to appreciate a version of Willy Wonka that is different from the movie or if you are expecting massive spectacle.

Delightful, Funny, Great singing, Fluffy, Entertaining

See it if If you like musicals, you will enjoy it

Don't see it if If you enjoy drama more, pass on this one.

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.

Absorbing, Clever, Great staging

See it if you enjoy the original movie or story. Christian Borle shines as Wonka and the ensemble brings down the house with laughter.

Don't see it if you want a light musical. While entertaining, it takes a darker turn when you enter the factory.

Also I really enjoyed Charlie! I'm sure why the NYT dragged it through the ... Read more Read less

Clever, Entertaining, Imaginative, Great staging & costumes, Fun!

See it if you want to see an eccentric & inventive take on the willy wonka story.

Don't see it if you lack imagination and wit

Also this show was so much fun. it was whimsical in an eccentric sort of wa... Read more Read less

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 .

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!

Fluffy, Insipid

See it if You want a child friendly show.

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

Delightful, Enchanting, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you want to enjoy a family-friendly, entertaining musical with a familiar storyline (but also modern updates!). Christian Borle is amazing.

Don't see it if you are looking for a direct movie to theatre performance or you are cynical and don't want to enjoy a night of whimsy and hope.

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.

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

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

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.)

Clever, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You love Christian Borle and something that is a little outside of the box.

Don't see it if You expect a traditional musical or if you don't want to escape and be entertained.

Fluffy, Confusing, Ambitious, Entertaining, Disappointing

See it if You can think like a kid-- it makes it magical. Put aside that the time frame makes no sense. If you don't expect much you'll have fun.

Don't see it if You expect wild sets, a story that makes sense, big epic numbers, you have young children (kids die brutally).

Also I went in with VERY low expectations & ended up enjoying myself. I tho... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Silly, Great staging, Delightful, Enchanting

See it if You are a fan of Christian Borle, Roald Dahl, the book/movie, or are just up for a truly memorable show for kids & the oh so young at heart.

Don't see it if You are looking for more than a cute romp. If you are selective, & do not have a kid in tow, there are many better, more satisfying choices.

Funny, Great acting, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if You are a fan of the second movie although borle actually reminded me of gene wilder at times You are a fan of borle and Jackie hoffman

Don't see it if You want something profound It gets you upset to see kids getting ripped apart

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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