See it if You are excited to see Donna McKechnie, liked Evita, like a wonderful ensemble, enjoy seeing a work in progress
Don't see it if You are impatient with an undisciplined book
See it if You want to see Whitney Bashor & Matt Bogart in excellent performances; you enjoy ballads & Joycean language; you don't expect a Dublin set
Don't see it if You expect Bway scenery; you'll be miserable unless the plot builds; you dislike great singers; you expect Finian's Rainbow
See it if You love besutiful music and want to be able to say "I saw it in a tiny theater" before they sort out the book & people love it on Bway
Don't see it if You get so judgy about the book that needs development that you can't appreciate the gorgeous score, memorable songs, excellent performers
See it if You enjoy highly accessible ballet and a story about the circle of life but have already seen "The Lion King;" like a couple of nice ballads
Don't see it if You want edge, aren't willing to stay with it after a cluttered opening act, or avoid old-fashioned musicals (tho most tunes not hummable)
See it if You want to see all of Gurney's oeuvre regardless of quality
Don't see it if You want to preserve your inner positive sense of Gurney and not see a play he apparently wrote that is derivative of his own best work
See it if You love Christopher Wheeldon's choreography and won't sit there pining for Jerome Robbins as I did
Don't see it if You are in love with the Gene Kelly version and not open to a drastic update
See it if You trust me (I have seen it six times) and want to see a deeply inspiring show with an historic theme. Go!
Don't see it if You are a cynic and have no interest in getting more optimistic.
See it if You are interested in entering the world of a person with Asperger's and like original staging
Don't see it if You want a costume drama
See it if A play that sticks to your ribs. A "Big Chill" for our time. Like getting together with smart relatives who have been around the block.
Don't see it if You dislike naturalism.
See it if You enjoy Jane Austen or romance and like to be up close to the performers in a creatively staged production
Don't see it if You want s stodgy costume drama
See it if you like Kelli OHara and don't mind if the rest of the show lacks energy.
Don't see it if You find it hard to get into a sexist fantasy where one of the major plot lines involves sex trafficking. Hasnt aged well.
See it if You enjoy virtuoso acting performances, like nonlinear plots, and can tolerate some gratuitous avant-gardeness
Don't see it if You need a linear plot, are looking for depth about Einstein or the brain, expect it to be as good as "The Effect" because that had feeling
See it if You like gospel; are interested in racial issues; want to see excellent performers.
Don't see it if You were offended by Larry Wilmore's speech at the White House correspondents' dinner; or don't like loud music.
See it if You are looking for an adorable romantic comedy, clever songs, wonderful performers, great timing, perfection. Bought tix again next day!
Don't see it if You are frustrated by excellent (loud) orchestra in the boxes (hard to make out lyrics from the mezz); if u want a show that's dark or deep
See it if You appreciate Dostoevsky's existential ruminations and are open to creative staging
Don't see it if You are expecting "42nd Street," only like plays that work completely, or are driven nuts by awkwardly moving actors
See it if You can tolerate a script that moves at the speed of life; maybe you meditate? And you are interested in real people with current problems
Don't see it if you can't physically sustain a very long play (try the matinee)
See it if If you like a show that is well done and "naughty," with a feel-good message obvious to anyone who does not plan to vote for Ted Cruz
Don't see it if you already know everyone needs to be themselves
See it if You want to be challenged to think about the nature of the self and emotions, are interested in mental health, and enjoy a love story
Don't see it if You only like simple stories
See it if You are open to an offbeat show that hits some high notes but sometimes misses
Don't see it if You like a straightforward narrative that is on a uniformly sophisticated level
See it if You love Carole King's music and are interested in recent music history
Don't see it if You are too young to know or want to learn about Carole King
See it if You can get past the reviews that complain it's over-produced and just be open to enjoying a warm-hearted story
Don't see it if You are a cynic or dislike musicals
See it if You want to see a wonderful play written, acted and directed by women, and you are open to one about Liberia
Don't see it if You have PTSD or assume this subject has to be depressing (it's actually powerful)
See it if You want to see Saoirse Ronan for a few minutes in a wooden production.
Don't see it if You are repulsed by innovation for its own sake. Horrible direction, set & costumes convey nothing, bad acoustics, actors don't connect. Sad