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

During previews
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Funny, Quirky

See it if You love Christian Borle and a slightly new twist on a childhood story. Borle does an amazing job!

Don't see it if You're banking on traditional and same old same old

During previews
Clever, Entertaining, Enchanting, Great acting, Slow

See it if Like chocolate

Don't see it if You don't like umpa lumpas

During previews
Delightful, Great staging, Quirky, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if You love the classic story! The music is mostly all new, but it is still a fun ride!

Don't see it if You just want to see a play version of the Gene Wilder classic. It is more like the recent Johnny Depp adaptation.

During previews
Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if You enjoyed the original movie.

Don't see it if You didn't like the movie

During previews
Clever, Great acting, Delightful, Funny, Great staging

See it if Like stage comedies for the whole family that are clever, funny and entertaining.

Don't see it if You are expecting a literal version of the movie on stage. This is its own thing and it is great.

During previews
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing

See it if Children, " theater kids" of any age, adults who love musicals and enjoy new, clever songs ( and some familiar ones!)

Don't see it if You prefer subtle and/ or sophisticated theater

During previews
Enchanting, Entertaining, Great acting, Masterful, Clever

See it if If if u want to see a master class performance by Christian Borle, if you have kids or are a kid at heart, if you want to have a fun time!

Don't see it if if you are Debby downer and like melodramas..

During previews
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Hilarious

See it if everybody from adults to all kids

Don't see it if you are tied or sleepy

During previews
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Must see

See it if You love to laugh, you want to smile ear to ear, and you simply want to feel like a kid again. FUN, FUN, FUN! A MUST SEE for the family!

Don't see it if You are no fun at all and have no imagination - but if you do like to have fun - RUN, don't walk, to see this show!

During previews
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great singing, Delightful

See it if you want to have fun, be entertained and have a fully enjoyable experience.

Don't see it if you are in the mood for a heavy, thought-provoking drama.

Also Our whole family (kids aged 15 and 11) loved this show. It was complet... Read more Read less

During previews
Enchanting, Funny, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if You like the story, you like musicals, you like Christian Borle or you like imaginative staging and effects.

Don't see it if You want a direct adaptation of the film

Also Wonderful. Staying true to the story I've loved forever, this producti... Read more Read less

During previews
Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Must see, Hilarious

See it if You love whimsical, zany, hilarious, colorful, modern fun productions

Don't see it if You are a looking for an exact replica of the movie

Also Christian Boyle was AMAZING as well as the rest of the cast, each with... Read more Read less

During previews
Enchanting, Entertaining, Clever, Delightful, Ambitious

See it if I loved it

Don't see it if Loved it

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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