Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on Broadway

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Directed by three-time Tony Award winner Jack O'Brien, this magical production is guaranteed to make you laugh. A tenderhearted storyline, the musical recreates Dahl’s 1964 children’s novel. Including songs from the original film, such as “Pure Imagination” and “The Candy Man,” plus new numbers as charming as the originals, join Charlie on the adventure of a lifetime.

The Story

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a story of family, hope, and determination. The musical journey follows Charlie in a series of fortunate events. After winning a ticket to visit Willy Wonka's infamous chocolate factory, he decides to bring his grandpa along. Inside the factory, Charlie and Grandpa find themselves amongst the other ticket winners. As Mr. Wonka begins their tour of the factory, his guests soon discover the real reason for their visit.



Charlie and the Chocolate Factory opened on April 23, 2017 to positive reviews. The show has been selling out on a consistent basis, and has grossed $42,445,005 as of January 1, 2018.


The play won the 2017 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Puppet Design.


“This latest adaptation of Roald Dahl’s winningly sinister children’s story from 1964 is — thank heaven — no sweeter than the two film adaptations it inspired, starring Gene Wilder (1971) and Johnny Depp (2005).”
The New York Times

“ The old tunes such as “Candy Man” and “I’ve Got a Golden Ticket” remain sources of delight as do a handful of the newer ones.”
Theatre Life

Show Score: 72

About the Show

Show Details

Show Timings

Mon, Tues & Thurs: 7 PM
Wed: 1 PM
Fri & Sat: 2 PM & 8 PM
Sunday: 1 PM & 6.30 PM

2 hours, 30minutes including one intermission

Leading Roles
Christian Borle as Willy Wonka
John Rubinstein as Grandpa Joe
Emily Padgett as Mrs. Bucket

Directed by
Jack O'Brien

Written by
Joshua Bergasse

Top Songs
“Overture", "The Candy Man", "Willy Wonka", "Charlie, You & I" & "A letter from Charlie Bucket”

Know Before You Go

Suitable for all ages. Children under 4 will not be admitted.

Available Facilities
In-house lounge
Coat check
Wheelchair accessible

The theatre has a seating capacity of 1505. For tips on how to choose the best seats, you can refer to our Lunt-Fontanne Theatre Seating Chart Guide.

Outside Food
Strictly prohibited. If you'd like to grab a meal before or after the show, check out our guide to the 30 Best Restaurants in the Theater District.

Dress Code
Smart and casual wear is recommended. Keep in mind, the theater is air conditioned throughout the year and can get a bit chilly.


About Lunt-Fontanne Theatre

The famed Lunt-Fontanne theatre has been home to many iconic shows over the years from Hello, Dolly! to Beauty and the Beast to more recently Finding Neverland. Named after the celebrated actor couple, Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne, The Lunt-Fontanne Theatre was built in 1910, making it one of Broadway’s oldest theatres. With a seating capacity of 1505, the theatre is what one would call reasonably sized.

You can find the seating chart here.

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