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See it if you were hoping to be accepted into Hogwarts. Here's another chance for you to be immersed in the magical world of Harry Potter.
Don't see it if you aren't familiar with the HP series- though there is a nice recap in the Playbill for those who haven't read/watched in a while.
See it if you want a modernized classic. Though a period piece, underlying sentiments felt timeless. Unique lighting and staging.
Don't see it if you like traditional theater. The dance scene didn't add much to the overall performance. If necessary, it could have been much shorter.
See it if you like dark humor. Perhaps it was because I had low expectations but I was pleasantly surprised by this show. Talented cast, crowd engaged
Don't see it if you want to see something serious or novel. Some jokes might be inappropriate for younger audience members.
See it if you are already familiar with and enjoy the show. It seems to appeal to the teenage crowd. Salazar continues to shine.
Don't see it if you expect something novel or cerebral. What it lacks in content, they make up for in volume. No noticeable improvements from off-Broadway.
See it if you are familiar with the Harry Potter series. Any fan will appreciate this show.
Don't see it if you haven't read or seen the HP series. I'm sure the whole thing will seem very bizarre.
See it if you like intimate, dialogue-heavy shows. Sweet story and very funny at times.
Don't see it if you expect anything profound or exciting to happen, or if you don't appreciate shows with children actors.
See it if you like intimate shows and dark humor. Talented cast and refreshing perspective on a somewhat taboo topic. Has a lot of potential.
Don't see it if you want a heavily produced or light-hearted show. If you could be triggered by the topic of suicide.
See it if you want a light-hearted musical about a guy who's down on his luck. Smart and funny lyrics. Talented cast.
Don't see it if you want a more highly produced or serious show.
See it if you want to know more about the origins and evolution of alcohol over the course of human history. And if you want a semi-interactive show.
Don't see it if you don't like drinking or barbershop quartet type singing, or if you are already well-versed in beer/alcohol production- might be boring.
See it if you enjoy illusions. Vitaly exceeded my expectations and I'm still trying to figure out he did most of his tricks! Fun evening out.
Don't see it if you're expecting a Vegas-quality act or don't like magic shows.
See it if you are interested in seeing everyday people deal with moral dilemmas.
Don't see it if you want a more action packed or flashy show. Also the sound projection wasn't great.
See it if you loved the movie. One of the first stage adaptations I've seen that lived up to the original. Empowering to see so many female vocalists.
Don't see it if you didn't enjoy the movie. Nearly identical plot and snippets of classic dialogue. (With the addition of fun[ny] songs, of course.)
See it if you are familiar with older, prominent Jewish actors or want to learn more about the relationship between Broadway and the temple.
Don't see it if you aren't interested in history.
See it if You are a fan of John or are interested in Latin history.
Don't see it if You don't speak Spanish and are concerned about missing a few jokes, or if you want a thorough education.
See it if you want a fun evening full of paint, wine, and theater music and trivia. What could be better? Cary was an awesome instructor!
Don't see it if you don't like the featured musical, but even still the session itself is a blast. No talent required.
See it if you are bringing children. The set is fun and the actors commit to the show.
Don't see it if you want a show with substance. This show doesn't really cater to adults. Some of the cast seemed too talented for this production.
See it if you like Broadway history, want to hear some anecdotes about actors. Enjoyable tour.
Don't see it if you aren't as familiar with older actors. May not be as meaningful for you.
See it if you're a fan of the movie, music. Or if you're a fan of Brandy (and you hurry). Entire cast was great and staging was nice.
Don't see it if you're with children. Or if you want something fresh and compelling. I was hoping for a little more of something.
See it if you grew up with the animated movie and are familiar with the songs. Nice nostalgia for some. Probably one of the better options for kids.
Don't see it if you can't stand any deviations from the movie or if you want to see a compelling or original show.
See it if you want to witness a fantastic, complete musical. Well-executed and hysterical. There's a reason it's been on Broadway so long.
Don't see it if you're Mormon or easily offended by religious jokes.
See it if you want to see a small, talented cast perform a play that deals with politics, religion, and gun-violence.
Don't see it if you want an uplifting show. Although they did a good job navigating relevant issues, I felt like they were preaching to the choir.
See it if you are interested in Jewish and/or theatrical history. Worthwhile, powerful show. Educational for me.
Don't see it if you want to be uplifted. Serious themes left me introspective. At first, actors switching between roles was confusing.
See it if you want to escape from your own life via the misfortune of others. Relatable for anyone who's had trouble finding their place in the world.
Don't see it if you don't like puppets or un-PC jokes. Production felt a little tired.
See it if you want to see a story about the evolution of friendships and romantic relationships. Relatable for anyone with friends who grew apart.
Don't see it if you crave resolution or want to be uplifted. At times (intentionally) painfully awkward or slow. Somewhat predictable.
See it if you are a teenager and enjoyed the book? Even then, it might taint the book for you. Moments of promise during various solos.
Don't see it if you have an aversion to being blinded by lights or want a story with substance. Would be acceptable for a kid's community theater.
See it if you are interested in the origins populism. Many parallels to today's politics. Creative set.
Don't see it if you are looking at theater as a form of escape. More educational than entertainment. Some strange transitions.
See it if you're interested in themes of young love, equality, and redemption, or if you just want a laugh. Some good one-liners.
Don't see it if you want full character development. I feel like the creators missed an opportunity to go deeper. Also hard to hear lyrics at times.
See it if you like serious plays with complex family and political dynamics. I was hooked through the very end!
Don't see it if you would prefer something shorter or lighter or without accents.
See it if you want to see a nice show about a mother and son in the aftermath of tragedy. Impressive staging. Has a lot of potential.
Don't see it if you want all aspects of the plot to be realistic or you want a well-polished show.
See it if you want to be engaged for 90 minutes exploring what is the "truth." At one point towards the end, the theater was unbelievably silent.
Don't see it if you want something less cerebral and more flashy or action-packed.
See it if you want to witness some powerful acting.
Don't see it if you have no interest in LGBT shows (though the show touches on universal themes) or want something more light-hearted.
See it if Very enjoyable show that isn't very deep despite the subject matter. Memorable song(s) with a somewhat predictable plot.
Don't see it if you would like to see a show that's truly novel or meaningful or completely polished.
See it if You want to see this year's Tony winner. The music was great and I'm glad to see more diversity (in theme and cast) on Broadway.
Don't see it if You want to see Tony Shahloub or a compelling plot.
See it if you enjoy contemporary twists on Shakespeare, horrible rhymes, and slapstick comedy. I thoroughly enjoyed the show and will return!
Don't see it if you want to see something serious or top tier production and singing.
See it if you are a friend or family member of someone involved in the show. Very talented cast.
Don't see it if you want an engaging show throughout. The only song I thoroughly enjoyed was the one about visiting the mother-in-law.
See it if you enjoyed the movie. The songs from the movie are everything you want them to be. The special effects are magical.
Don't see it if you are expecting a direct adaptation to the stage. The majority of the new numbers and the opening sequence fell flat for me.
See it if You enjoy family stories about complicated, familial relationships and want to see the effects of a heartbreaking and disgraceful period.
Don't see it if You want a fully-developed or uplifting show.
See it if you would be interested in a folk story reminiscent of Romeo and Juliet. Very imaginative set and talented cast.
Don't see it if you would like a more modern, original story. This is a fresh portrayal of seemingly universal themes that didn't quite ring true for me.
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.
See it if you're a fan of Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and/or musical theater and want a good laugh. I was pleasantly surprised by this production.
Don't see it if none of the above apply to you. The jokes will not make sense.
See it if you want to see a refreshing, thoughtful musical. It was uplifting to see humans caring about other humans. The show felt honest.
Don't see it if you are sensitive to the events of 9/11 or are expecting an action-packed narrative following a protagonist. This share various perspectives
See it if you enjoyed the film. From what I remember, it stayed pretty true. Andy Karl was delightful. The car chase and a few others were fantastic.
Don't see it if you want anything beyond a light rom com. By nature, the show is a bit repetitive, but I think they do a good job of mitigating that.
See it if you enjoy farce. For me, some jokes landed and others were more groan-worthy. Amazing staging and fantastic timing and commitment by actors.
Don't see it if you're expecting intelligent humor. This show is likely polarizing. I can see how it might not be to some people's taste.
See it if you are with children or don't mind an amateur. Miles Thorn definitely was energetic and committed. A couple tricks were impressive.
Don't see it if you would be put off by some simple tricks that you can easily figure out or expect to be amazed the entire show.
See it if you enjoy political satire. Wonderfully hilarious and eye-opening show! Talented cast. Highly recommended.
Don't see it if you don't enjoy musicals, can't criticize the government, or want a(n unnecessarily) big production.
See it if you enjoyed the movie or want a light-hearted show. Phillips Soo does not disappoint. Stays true to the movie. Cute show. At times funny.
Don't see it if you want a revelation. Maybe I'm spoiled by this show's contemporaries, but I was expecting a little more je ne sais quoi.
See it if I'm not crying, you're crying. Everything a Broadway musical should be: engrossing, relatable, emotional. Equally good for teens and adults.
Don't see it if you've never felt lonely or can't empathize with people who have.
See it if you want a theatrical experience. Josh Groban did not disappoint. Probably more enjoyable if you have read War and Peace. High energy.
Don't see it if you are bothered by strobe lights, sung-through musicals, or somewhat antiquated views of women (I know, I know, W&P is a classic).