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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 .
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!
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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).
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.
See it if There's a surprise waiting for you here. Beside the clever staging there's a poignancy to this this I didn't expect. Charlie had my heart.
Don't see it if Second act is a bit long and predictable. Audience of kids and adults not to everyone's liking but perfect for this show.