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

69
Disappointing, Forgettable score, Cartoonish (not in a good way), Waste of fine talent, Original film songs the best part

See it if You have a child who's already seen Lion King, Aladdin, Wicked etc; You want a preview of a touring show/community theater production

Don't see it if You're expecting a visually or musically creative show. Sets inexplicably minimal and music (other than songs from 1960s film) forgettable.

Also Im a huge fan of John Doyle's minimalist musicals but this just annoye... Read more Read less

58
Disappointing, Child-like, Funny

See it if You have kids and are in NY over the summer.

Don't see it if You want to see anything of meaning.

78
Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if you like light, entertaining Broadway musicals. I was pleasantly surprised and enjoyed it. Borle is excellent as was the rest of the cast.

Don't see it if if you are not a Dahl fan and don't like some of his darker side which turns up in Act 2.

Also I felt it was cleverly staged and found some very quirky characters th... Read more Read less

75
Entertaining, Disappointing, Great singing, Great acting, Cliched

See it if you like Christian Borle, and you have great imagination.

Don't see it if you expect a dazzling show and great staging.

Also The show is really disappointing given that they have such great mater... Read more Read less

78
Entertaining

See it if .

Don't see it if .

81
Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing

See it if Christian Borle!!!!!!! He absolutely STEALS the show, are a fan of the original story with a bit more graphic visuals of the childrens demis

Don't see it if You arent a fan of the original story and dont like shows with undetermined child death

57
Entertaining

See it if If you like the remake movie, you will like it. For families!!! Christian is great. Ommpa lompahs were so cute

Don't see it if Scenery is disappointing. Maybe an older crowd wouldn't like it

61
Ambitious, Disappointing

See it if you love Christian Borle, who I adore in everything. Take children. Not for adults alone.

Don't see it if you want to be entertained. The show doesn't work.

55
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Insipid, Slow

See it if You liked any/all of the movie versions. If you are willing to see Christian Borle in absolutely anything. And I am.

Don't see it if You will have small children with you; they will be both frightened and bored. If you don't care for Christian Borle. Who could that be?

75
Entertaining, Cute

See it if You want to take your children to theater.

Don't see it if You are an enthusiastic theater nerd.

Also Some scenes are but too violent for small children (be warned), but ov... Read more Read less

70
Quirky, Slow, Funny

See it if you love the story of charlie and the chocolate factory or if you have kids.

Don't see it if you don't like charlie and the chocolate factory or if you like traditional broadway

50
Confusing, Disappointing, Insipid, Quirky, Fluffy

See it if you don't mind things not making sense.

Don't see it if there's anything else you could see.

78
Delightful, Entertaining, Fluffy, Funny

See it if You are taking children of all ages. It is fun and Christian Boyle as Willy Wonka is as good as ever. Great sets.

Don't see it if If you don't have a child to take or unless you are a child at heart.

60
Clever, Funny

See it if you love the books, movies, Christian Borle.

Don't see it if You are expecting a much flashier show and bigger effects

71
Charming, Fun

See it if you want something whimsical and fun, love Christian Borle (who doesnt?!), and/or love the movie/books. Charming, magical effects.

Don't see it if you dislike adults playing children and/or audiences full of children.

40
Cliched, Disappointing, Excruciating, Fluffy

See it if the oompas are done in a really interesting way. The rest of the show fell flat. Hard to watch. Maybe see if you're a big wonka fan

Don't see it if there are better shows to see that are good for the whole family

76
Clever, Disappointing, Okay, Watchable, Fluffy

See it if you need a family show.

Don't see it if you have great expectations.

80
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Fluffy, Clever

See it if You love the Roald Dahl story and the two movies that have been out for years. You love colorful fun happy shows. You are bringing children

Don't see it if You don't like fantasy and color and happy shows with crazy weird ideas.

74
Delightful, Enchanting, Ambitious, Fun, Silly

See it if You love the lovable Christian Borle and if you're a fan of the Dahl story or film. It's all brought to life deliciously.

Don't see it if You like efficient story telling. For what it is - it's long. Bring kids and your inner child - for the fun, silliness.

83
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if you are looking for fun, and a pleasant, happy show. Add points if you are bringing kids, and/or you are a Christian Borle fan! 😁

Don't see it if you are looking for high drama.

40
Funny, Disappointing, Overrated, Bizarre, Bad performances

See it if you have kids that want to see it. It's definitely a show tailored to young audiences

Don't see it if You want a well-done show.....Only highlights of the show were Christian and John's performances and a few moments

45
Ambitious, Disappointing, Fluffy, Slow, Quirky

See it if The book was poorly written. Music was mediocre. And the 'set' was a disappointment.

Don't see it if Watch Anastasia instead.

48
Disappointing, Dizzying, Confusing, Slow, Banal

See it if you're curious or just want to see Christian Borle and Jackie Hoffman on stage.

Don't see it if you expect any sort of pure imagination because this production completely lacks in that department. It also lacks consistency.

42
Disappointing, Cliched, Slow, Overrated, Excruciating

See it if Well, unfortunately i got the understudy to Christian Borle. He was the only reason I wanted to see it, but it was a lottery ticket.

Don't see it if I can't believe how many kids came to see an 8pm Sat. Performance. It has some very dark themes....nightmare stuff.

Also I couldn't believe how many people arrived late, some as much as 30 tp... Read more Read less

45
Disappointing, Terrible staging, Insipid

See it if You need to see a show that's family-friendly

Don't see it if You don't appreciate shows that are seemingly just looking to cash in on a childhood classic without putting any effort or love into 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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