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

Clever, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if you aren't expecting it to be like the movies, it's more similar to the book, but modernized. The Oompa-Loompas are very creatively done.

Don't see it if you want it to be like the movies. If you want grandiose sets of the chocolate factory (I was generally underwhelmed).

Also I thought it was kind of ridiculous that we don't get to the chocolate... Read more Read less

Confusing, Funny, Fluffy, Overrated

See it if you have kids.

Don't see it if you expect good bookwriting.

Delightful, Entertaining, Quirky, Playful

See it if you love Christian Borle and want to see a feel-good Broadway music. Borle plays a fantastic Willy Wonka. You'll smile the whole time.

Don't see it if you are Willy Wonka purist or if you're hoping for the musical to feel like the movie. The staging is not as spectacular as one would hope.

Clever, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Refreshing

See it if You like great sets, top notch singing and a feel good, fun story. Perfect for adults as well as kids.

Don't see it if You want a by the letter adaption of the novel.

Delightful, Entertaining, Quirky

See it if You are already a fan of the story or are looking for a show to see with children.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy kid-friendly, fluffy shows.

Entertaining, Great singing, Fun

See it if you want a world of pure imagination

Don't see it if you are looking for something complex

Delightful, Disappointing, Quirky, Funny

See it if you need a family-friendly show for kids. If you're a fan of the book or either movie, this show delivers parts of all of them.

Don't see it if you have really high expectations for what this show could be. I'll admit some parts (chocolate room) were very disappointing for myself.

Ambitious, Delightful, Enchanting, Great acting, Fluffy

See it if You want a fun night. Christian Borle NEVER disappoints because he is the best. Definitely need a solid imagination in certain scenes.

Don't see it if You are expecting the classic movie.

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Enchanting, Quirky

See it if You want to see a glimpse into your childhood while having a modern twist that millennials will enjoy.

Don't see it if You want a more serious,real-world story.

Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Disappointing

See it if you're looking for a child friendly show.

Don't see it if you're expecting the classic Gene Wilder film

Also I think this show was a missed opportunity. None of the new songs will... Read more Read less

Insipid, Indulgent, Excruciating, Disappointing, Offensive

See it if someone's forcing you to by gunpoint.

Don't see it if you can do literally anything else.

Quirky, Entertaining, Fun

See it if Family's and children will appreciate this show most.

Don't see it if If you're expecting a staged version of the film.

Also I think this show was harshly and unfairly reviewed poorly by critics.... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Clever, Disappointing, Fluffy, Quirky

See it if you love the story and a quirky, winking Christian Borle. The show is at its best in the relationship between Charlie and Willy Wonka.

Don't see it if you're expecting the over-the-top sets and magic of the original film. This is a brightly colored but sparse interpretation.

Entertaining, Great singing, Funny

See it if You have children and want some light entertainment.

Don't see it if You want something more adult.

Also Enjoyable, although the first half was fairly slow. Things got better ... Read more Read less

Enchanting, Ambitious, Delightful, Entertaining, Disappointing

See it if you feel nostalgic for the original movie. The cast is talented, and it was fun to hear beloved songs.

Don't see it if you want to feel the same wonder. The Wonka factory sets are disappointing.

Ambitious, Disappointing, Dark, Entertaining

See it if you are a fan of Christian Borle or want to see if the bad reviews hold water. My expectations were exceeded but only because they were low.

Don't see it if you bring young kids (somewhat violent, scary scenes) or you don't bring kids (distracting talking, shifting). More juvenile than nostalgic.

Entertaining, Funny, Great staging, Clever, Great acting

See it if You like charlie and chocolate factory story. It was very enojayable with great staging. Oompa loompas were awesome. Great music.

Don't see it if You do not like musicals and story of charlie and chocolate factory.

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Refreshing

See it if You're looking for a fun and family friendly show. Fun soundtrack, bright and cheerful sets and great singing

Don't see it if You're looking for something deep. You're not interested in a light hearted adaptation of a loved book and movie.

Entertaining, Delightful, Great writing, Funny, Refreshing

See it if You have young kids. Show is very quickly paced so their focus will be kept

Don't see it if Closes this weekend so go see it.

Slow, Excruciating, Funny, Cliched, Disappointing

See it if You want to waste your time and money on something that should never been produced. Or if you love Jackie Hoffman (she's the only good part)

Don't see it if you like good theatre.

Entertaining, Disappointing, Silly

See it if You have children who have never seen any of the earlier versions, and you just want to enjoy a silly afternoon of theatre.

Don't see it if You liked the Newley/Bricasse music of the original movie, or if you liked Wilder or Depp's portrayal of Wonka.

Also Christian Boyle is good but his character doesn't know what he wants t... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Great acting, Funny

See it if you are looking for a classic-style musical with high-tech innovations and quirky twists (and a great leading man performance)

Don't see it if you really hate the plot line from the Willy Wonka movies

Cliched, Disappointing, Indulgent

See it if You are new to theatre and will be surprised by cliche.

Don't see it if You want to see something unexpected.

Grim, Charmless, Depressing

See it if you have no expectations of being entertained or charmed

Don't see it if you harbor sweet, nostalgic feelings for the movie and/or the book

Funny, Disappointing, Entertaining, Flat

See it if You want to see Christian Borle in a fun role or you have children to introduce to the theater. You want a new interpretation of Roald Dahl.

Don't see it if No memorable new songs, and the other children (except for Charlie) are turned into bad caricatures. This was meant for children's theater.

Also Parts of the show were fun, especially once they get to the chocolate ... Read more Read less

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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