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
74
Avg Score

84
Clever, Entertaining, Great staging

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.

68
Entertaining, Funny, Enchanting, Delightful, Great acting

See it if Enjoy magical stories with happy endings. Bring along a child or grandchild and enjoy their laughter.

Don't see it if Without a child or you want sophisticated theater.

88
Delightful, Funny, Great singing, Great acting, Quirky

See it if you enjoyed any of the previous iterations of the story, love musicals about family and self realization & can appreciate Dahl's weirdness.

Don't see it if you lack imagination or dislike quirky characters/situations.

Also The cast (especially Foust and Borle) did an amazing job. I thoroughly... Read more Read less

78
Great staging, Fun, Disappointing

See it if you are a Borle fan and perhaps have a kid to accompany you!!! Some great staging though...but mediocre Book and Music!

Don't see it if you're looking for an over the top, tongue and cheek, campy Show like Hairspray!!!

72
Amusing, Underwhelming, Quirky

See it if you have children, you are interested in a clever representation of Oompa Loompas (though it tires fast), you enjoy the story no matter what

Don't see it if you expect a great deal of Wonka Wonder - it falls flat on the wow factor, you care about lyrics - many of the performances get drowned out.

70
Slow, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you have kids or are a kid at heart - the story is entertaining and heartwarming

Don't see it if You are feeling nostalgic for the original and think thats what you're going to see - its very different.

60
Ambitious, Fluffy, Indulgent, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if You aren't strongly attached to the story and the material. You like Borle and Hoffman who are doing their best. You have small children

Don't see it if You love this story in any way. I watched my childhood torn up before my eyes. Literally in one case. This production is all wrong and sad.

82
Entertaining, Funny, Disappointing, Clever

See it if you don't expect the magic of the movie but love the story. Clearly tells the point that doing what is right will make you a winner.

Don't see it if you expect huge lavish sets that take you away. But many clever inventions that are fun to watch.

70
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great staging

See it if You love Christian Borle and the classic story of Charlie. You don't want a replica of the classic Gene Wilder story. You want a laugh.

Don't see it if You expect a copy of the movie classic. Are looking for great Broadway musical numbers. If you are a movie purist.

Also I enjoyed the show. The second act being a lot better than the first. ... Read more Read less

75
Great acting, Family show, Great staging and choreography, Disappointing

See it if see it for Christian Borle, Jake Flynn (Charlie), John Rubenstein and a very talented cast.

Don't see it if There should be an effervescence to the story and there isn't. It takes way too long to get to the Chocolate Factory and then the effects

Also aren't spectacular Where is the magic of the Chocolate Factory?... Read more Read less

76
Quirky, Ambitious, Great lead actor

See it if you love the movie; if you're a Christian Borle fan(he's wonderful); if you're OK with character-driven numbers instead of ensemble numbers.

Don't see it if you expect interactions between the main children characters; if you're frustrated by not understanding lyrics due to accents of characters.

60
Disappointing, Slow

See it if you don't mind mediocre, uninspired cash-grab musicals like this one

Don't see it if you want to see something where all the creators are working on the same show, and working at the top of their game

Also Why not use all the songs from the movie? None of the new ones were an... Read more Read less

69
Quirky, Intense, Confounding, Dark, Disappointing

See it if you want to see an ambitious, idiosyncratic & distinctive take on this classic; if you want to see things get brutal inside factory in Act2

Don't see it if you are looking for something light, fun &/or child-friendly; this sour, cynical & dark riff on material is best when at its DARKEST in Act2

90
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

See it if An excellent choice for a seven year old who has read the book...and her grandmother.

Don't see it if The child you are bringing has a short attention span.

60
Disappointing, Slow, Boring

See it if You loved Matilda or other similar weak book adaptations or you want to see Christian Borle trying his best to make the show interesting

Don't see it if You have another option

69
Fluffy, Dizzying, Indulgent, Youthful

See it if you love Roald Dahl and the classic story, are a big Christian Borle fan, or like shows tailored for young audiences

Don't see it if you like shows with catchy songs, have a deeper meaning, or use their theater spaces to amaze and astonish...this falls flat

80
Delightful, Great singing, Great staging, Funny, Slow

See it if You like the story of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory musical and great for kids.

Don't see it if You don’t like a child’s musical. The beginning was slow moving and missed the mark.

88
Delightful, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if You're a fan of the movie or book. It was fantastic. Very creative. Borle (Wonka) did not disappoint.

Don't see it if Some inappropriate jokes but I don't know if kids would even understand them

Also Disappointed in the score this Musical has received. If you're looking... Read more Read less

83
Clever, Great acting, Entertaining, Enchanting, Great staging

See it if You enjoyed the movie. Updated characters. Christian Borle would be a great Willie Wonka if he were directed to be larger than life.

Don't see it if You you don't like dark comedies.

88
Entertaining, Funny, Fluffy

See it if You want to take your children, feel nostalgic for the Gene Wilder film and just want to be entertained

Don't see it if You like a thinking, resonant musical

70
Funny, Overrated, Resonant, Delightful, Cliched

See it if You loved the movie; you are looking for a fun, light night out; the oompa loompa dances are hilarious.

Don't see it if Your expectations are too high (it's not surprising the Tony nominators overlooked this show); you are expecting insight not in the movie.

73
Delightful, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if you're looking for a fun night out!

Don't see it if you're expectations are too high...

5
Disappointing, Excruciating, Overrated, Slow, Insipid

See it if you are not expecting much in the way of content.

Don't see it if you're expecting quality musical theatre.

64
Ambitious, Disappointing, Fluffy

See it if you are under 13 without preconceived notions on what this could have been

Don't see it if you loved the movie (or book), have trouble hearing (words get mumbled throughout), you are expecting sets that fulfill your imagination

75
Ambitious, Funny, Great acting, Quirky, Relevant

See it if you adore Christian Borle, like shows that are kinda out there

Don't see it if you're a movie purist, dislike low-brow humor


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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