Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Tickets

It Must Be Believed to be Seen”… Strike that, reverse it, and you’ve got the essence of this wondrously, imaginative musical adaptation of one of Roald Dahl most beloved novels and its classic 1971 film adaptation, starring the late great Gene Wilder.

Original cast member and Tony Award winner Christian Borle originated the role of the chocolatier extraordinaire Willy Wonka in the Broadway production that evolved excessively since the musical’s world premiere, which ran for over four and a half years in London’s West End. One of the most crowd-pleasing decisions was the inclusion of more original songs from the 1971 movie, including standards such as “The Candy Man Can”, “I’ve Got a Golden Ticket”, and “The Oompa Loompa Song”, which join the show’s iconic anthem “Pure Imagination” – one of the most beloved show tunes of all time.

New additions to the score have been provided by Hairspray legends Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman and include the touching ballad entitled “The View From Here” during The Great Glass Elevator scene and the multi-media sensory overload that is “Vidiots”.

Director Jack O’Brien has captured the dark and twisted element of Dahl’s writing perfectly with his execution (for want of a better word) of the grizzly fates of the undeserving children within the story, whilst designer Mark Thompson has created fantastical sets and joyously, cartoonish costumes that light up the stage.

The beauty of Roald Dahl adaptations is their multi-generational appeal, as the popularity of the source material spans decades. The Grandpa Joes in the audience will revel in their own nostalgia, whilst the Charlie Buckets present will be inspired by this exciting new theatrical world that defies explanation.

(Photos by Joan Marcus)

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Running time: 
2hrs 30mins (including 1 intermission)
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About Charlie and the Chocolate Factory:

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. That includes young Charlie Bucket, whose life definitely needs sweetening. He and four other golden ticket winners will embark on a mesmerizing, life-changing journey through Wonka's world of pure imagination. Get ready for chocolate waterfalls, exquisitely nutty squirrels and the great glass elevator, all to be revealed by Wonka's army of curious Oompa-Loompas.

Music by Marc Shaiman, Lyrics by Scott Wittman & Marc Shaiman, and a Book by David Greig
Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, Langley Park Productions and Neal Street Productions
Jack O’Brien
Japhy Weideman
Andrew Keister
Mark Thompson
Joshua Bergasse
Mark Thompson
Cast list:
Christian Borle (as Willy Wonka), Jake Ryan Flynn / Ryan Foust / Ryan Sell (as Charlie Bucket), John Rubinstein (as Grandpa Joe), Emily Padgett (as Mrs. Bucket), Kathy Fitzgerald (as Mrs. Gloop), F. Michael Haynie (as Augustus Gloop), Ben Crawford (as Mr. Salt), Emma Pfaeffle (as Veruca Salt), Alan H. Green (as Mr. Beauregard), Trista Dollison (as Violet Beauregard), Jackie Hoffman (as Mrs. Teavee), and Michael Wartella (as Mike Teavee)
Other info:
Orchestrations by Doug Besterman, and Puppet Design by Basil Twist
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Performance Dates & Times
Previews from: 
March 28, 2017
Opening date: 
April 23, 2017
January 14, 2018

Performance schedules for all shows are subject to change.

Lunt-Fontanne Theatre

205 West 46th Street (between Broadway and 8th Avenue), New York, NY 10036
Nearest subway station:
49th Street station

Our Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Review

Growing up, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was the one book that was always out of the library, faithfully returning home a little more dog-eared after every ex-library adventure. Interpreting so well loved a book is only for the brave. It requires clear choices to convey Dahl's tale of a chocolate dystopia, with its manic Oompa Loompas and colorful child-murdering, candy creations. This... Read more