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See it if CONDOLA RASHAD. Great acting all around, but... Condola Rashad.
Don't see it if HATED the overly-indulgent ending. Sometimes forced humor, or overly preachy, spelling out things we didn't need spelled out.
See it if Some amazing performances (Brandon Uranowitz, James Snyder, and Heléne Yorke are the standouts), a really fun score, and amazing dancing.
Don't see it if The book and lyrics were a little weak, but it barely registered because I enjoyed the whole experience so thoroughly.
See it if You're a fan of unique/stand-out sets and staging, gorgeous opera singing, historical dramas, great acting (from Mark Rylance)
Don't see it if You want something more action-packed.
See it if You love great dancing and general weirdness. At this point, you probably have some idea of how much you'll like this.
Don't see it if You want something more straight-forward in terms of lyrics or a more complex plot, you don't like what you've heard of the music.
See it if You're interested in a gorgeous score with wonderful acting and singing, inventive staging, and an emotional yet optimistic story
Don't see it if You don't want to see a show with strong themes of racism/colorism and class. Also, the goat briefly on stage was a bit much.
See it if You like musicals with great dancing, fantastic performances, and a lot dark humor.
Don't see it if You're expecting a bigger spectacle with sets and costumes. This is a spectacle in a way, but minimalist.
See it if If you love Sondheim/this show specifically. My personal favorite Sondheim of what I've seen before, and an amazing and unique production.
Don't see it if You don't like dark subjects or don't want performer-audience interaction. I also think they could've taken better advantage of the setting.
See it if Incredibly talented and charismatic cast, particularly Nikki M. James. Very catchy music. I went in knowing little and loved every moment.
Don't see it if The plot is thin, which I noticed more in retrospect as the performances and songs kept everything afloat. More of a series of vignettes.
See it if You love farce with a side of political satire. Great acting by the entire ensemble but Michael Urie was especially amazing.
Don't see it if You prefer serious dramas or subtler comedies that have more depth. This is purely for laughs.
See it if You enjoy plays about friendship, love, loneliness and the shifting dynamics when the people around you are moving at a different pace.
Don't see it if You're sick of plays dealing with relationship and friendship issues, you have limits about how unlikable you might find a protagonist
See it if You liked the movie (or general concept), want to see a great performance by Andy Karl and some amazing and inventive staging.
Don't see it if You'll be put off by some of the crude language and darker themes, you think the repetitiveness will be too much
See it if You want to see a play that's a classic for a reason with great acting, great female characters, relevant themes, mix of humor & drama
Don't see it if You prefer more modern plays, don't want to watch family dramas, or see some of the (not condoned) ignorant and racist actions of characters
See it if You love Glenn Close or are interested in shows with star power, you like Andrew Lloyd Webber
Don't see it if You want lyrics that are truly clever and beautiful, really memorable music, or truly great characters outside of Norma Desmond
See it if You appreciate Broadway divas, classic romantic comedy plots, hilarity but with a lot of heart, farce, gorgeous dancing, and lavish sets.
Don't see it if Classic musicals aren't your style, you don't like the music, you prefer something a little deeper or more serious.
See it if Complex issues are tackled well while still being specific to the characters (i.e. they don't just feel like mouthpieces for talking points)
Don't see it if You want a lot of action vs. a lot of talking, especially monologues. It dragged at times (the first act especially).
See it if You want to see a well-done modernization of an older tragic play, great staging, and a stunning performance by Billie Piper.
Don't see it if You don't like darker plays, or want discussions of childbirth and infertility.
See it if You want to watch an important classic with some amazing performances (James McArdle, Nathan Lane, and Denise Gough were the standouts).
Don't see it if You aren't interested in plays with fantastical elements or themes of AIDS/death, though I'd recommend trying to push past that in this case
See it if You particularly like Uma Thurman or any of the other actors, you like current political material
Don't see it if You get sick of easy Trump jokes. felt like a paint-by-numbers depiction of power players in D.C. and didn't do anything different.
See it if You're interested in a subtle musical with a focus on character and atmosphere. Stand-out performance by Katrina Lenk.
Don't see it if You want a bigger Broadway production, or something faster-paced. This was more dialogue-heavy with the music there more to add to the mood.
See it if You want a big Broadway musical, complete with lavish costumes, pretty set pieces, and two Broadway legends giving amazing performances
Don't see it if This is the musical version of a middling paint-by-numbers movie biographies. They could've dug deeper. Only one truly great song (Pink).
See it if You have young kids and/or are already a fan of the musical. Good acting & singing from everyone, and really enjoyed some of the songs.
Don't see it if This is a show meant specifically for kids, and was a little too silly for me. I wanted to see more of the darkness that was hinted at.
See it if You like Sondheim; you enjoy musicals about (American) history. For the most part, great cast. The Balladeer, Booth, & Moore were stand-outs
Don't see it if You don't like dark humor; you prefer a more traditional musical. While it's not a huge role, the Proprietor was miscast.
See it if You don't mind a simple storyline, and want a high-energy, unique experience. Many stand-out performances, great music, amazing ensemble.
Don't see it if You don't like immersive/interactive theater. I disagree with the criticism that it's "style over substance" but I understand the feeling.
See it if You want to be blown away by amazing lyrics and incredibly catchy songs, inventive story-telling, and complex, three-dimensional characters
Don't see it if You don't like sung-through musicals, you don't like shows that span such a large amount of time
See it if You want to see great performances, you like the sound of seeing many points of view in an argument, you're interested in feminist themes
Don't see it if You prefer plays with more action, you want a neat resolution
See it if You're interested in seeing depictions of working class people I need an industrial town and the societal and racial tensions that develop
Don't see it if You want something at all lighthearted or optimistic
See it if You want to see a masterwork in directing/staging/acting, you want to see something that feels new, you want your heart ripped out
Don't see it if you want something lighter or fluffier, the subject matter doesn't interest you at all, you want something more linear with fewer characters