See it if You love the music of ALW, or basically want to see an extremely well-done musical theatre concert. Performers are unreal.
Don't see it if You want storyline.
See it if you love the movie, like the music, or are interested in seeing some fresh/new talent in the NY scene. Gus Halper is a star.
Don't see it if you are looking for a tightly polished perfect piece, or more traditional musical theatre formula.
See it if you want to see a relevant and impactful drama with an excellent cast of actors.
Don't see it if you have issues with long run times (3 hours) or more experimental venues.
See it if you love Judy and the music of her early career. Ruby Rakos is a star in the making. Some of the best choreography I've seen in a long time.
Don't see it if you are looking for a profound or well-written take on her life.
See it if you are a fan of Carole King, have interest in her story/that time period of songwriting, or want to see a super well-done jukebox musical.
Don't see it if you're not interested in it.
See it if you are a fan of short shows, talented kids in plays, or a generally pleasant time at the theatre.
Don't see it if you are looking to be super viscerally moved or compelled.
See it if you love the movie or are looking for a bit of magic and warm-feelings. Carpet is amazing.
Don't see it if you are not a fan of the movie, Disney, or crowds of kids!
See it if you love Kelli O'Hara or this particular show.
Don't see it if you are looking for a modern take on a classic. Feels very dated and plot is even more cringey when revisiting it in modern day.
See it if you are interested in a fresh take on a classic! Immense talents and a full-sensory experience. Beautiful orchestrations.
Don't see it if you are overwhelmed by extreme stimuli (blackouts, gun shots, graphic violence and sex) or are attached to a more classic interpretation.
See it if you are interested in Gloria's life, feminist history, or engaging with feminist open-dialogue.
Don't see it if you're looking for something classically theatrical. The format is similar to documentary theatre. More like a history special than play.
See it if you are looking for a feel-good musical, in a very traditional format with excellent performers and a lot of Broadway history.
Don't see it if you aren't interested in coming-out or coming of age stories.
See it if you enjoy the movie or have kids who will be enchanted by the appearance of princesses.
Don't see it if you are looking for anything improving upon what's done in the movie, or you aren't a fan of huge crowds of kids.
See it if you are excited by this fresh and profound take on one of the greatest musicals of all time.
Don't see it if you're deterred by the long run-time or don't want to deal with captions to follow along (if you don't know the show well enough from memory
See it if you want a chance to hear the score/see the show in person, and witness the talents of a stacked cast.
Don't see it if you are looking for a super fresh take on the material.
See it if you are interested in topical and difficult subjects of colorism/racism, with a youthful and fresh lens and an all-female cast.
Don't see it if the subject matter (racism, female empowerment, colorism, etc.) doesn't interest you.
See it if Katrina Lenk and Adam Kantor are still in it. They are the highlights. Katrina Lenk is visionary and endlessly compelling to watch.
Don't see it if you aren't interested in the slower, more artsy storylines that aren't very event/plot driven. Or if you don't have an interest in the music
See it if you love new musicals and that infectious teenage spirit. Or you love the movie.
Don't see it if you are one to scoff at high school drama.
See it if you enjoy history and Sondheim. Great production of a great musical.
Don't see it if you prefer more spectacle-driven show, or are disinclined to politically relevant material.
See it if you are looking to just have a laugh and enjoy yourself. Absolutely hilarious and leaves you feeling pleasant.
Don't see it if you are looking for depth or drama.
See it if you enjoy grand, visually dynamic theatre. An intense show with spectacularly talented actors. Feels like a true night on Broadway.
Don't see it if you don't like mostly-sung musicals or dark subject matter. If you go into it looking for cheesy, that's what you'll get.
See it if you like a show that takes you through a range of crying and laughing, and want to see human emotion/unconventional family dynamic play out.
Don't see it if you want a flashy, song-and-dance show or are not wanting something very deeply emotional.
See it if you like a capella music and the concept interests you. Has some moments of good jokes about MTA.
Don't see it if you are looking for a storyline that is new or interesting, or not totally predictable.
See it if You love the performers or want some lighthearted entertainment. Also if you’re willing to overlook some writing and tech flaws.
Don't see it if You want more moving or emotional subject matter.
See it if you are interested in really challenging theatre, and art that will make you profoundly uncomfortable.
Don't see it if you're not looking to listen, or want a calm/relaxed/entertaining night at the theatre.
See it if you are a fan of the books, of scrappy/youthful/new musicals, or love seeing the audiences full of kids engrossed in the story.
Don't see it if you aren't a fan of YA literature or plots, or are looking for a polished musical.
See it if you are a Broadway fan/insider who will appreciate the theatrical and meta-theatrical jokes in the piece, or are a fan of Joe Iconis and co.
Don't see it if you are looking for something deep or super flashy.
See it if you are looking to be viscerally moved by the music talents of the cast. Also a cool aesthetic in terms of design.
Don't see it if you are a more classic or traditional fan of musicals.
See it if you love this show/Sondheim, and are excited to see it live.
Don't see it if you have strong opinions/attachments to previous revivals, or feelings about it being such a small cast.
See it if you love the movie or are interested in big spectacle, and great talents. Set design is outstanding!
Don't see it if you are looking for a hugely deep plot or memorable songs.
See it if you are interested in superheros, coming-of-age, or the immense talents in the cast.
Don't see it if you are looking for a well-written and constructed plot, or memorable songs.
See it if you are a Joe Iconis fan or have an attachment to the hype.
Don't see it if you are looking for anything new or cutting-edge, or anything other than a teenage white boy's angst.
See it if you love Harry Potter, or want to see a show that is visually beautiful and so well crafted.
Don't see it if the two-part format doesn't appeal to you, or you aren't interested in the world of the books.
See it if you enjoy the cartoon, or just want to see a show full of people giving 100% with high-energy and positivity.
Don't see it if you are looking for something deep, or aren't a fan of extreme pop/rap/R&B stylings.
See it if you enjoy big classic musicals that have strong scores, and are visually super compelling!
Don't see it if you don't want to have to overlook some dated and antiquated subject matter, or sit through I Put a Penny in My Pocket.
See it if you have a heart. This is the perfect staging of an incredible musical. A totally immersive and beautiful experience. Tears of sorrow/joy.
Don't see it if There is no reason not to see this show. It's perfect.
See it if you are looking for a fresh and folksy musical. Emotionally profound and very universal.
Don't see it if you are looking for spectacle or typical Broadway show pizzazz.
See it if you want an immersive, innovative musical. Full, extreme sensory experience. Beautiful and unconventional staging and music. Gorgeous design
Don't see it if you don't like hard to follow plots. May be overwhelming to those with sensory sensitivities (loud noise, lots of strobe, bright lights, etc
See it if you enjoy easy musicals that don't require a lot of thought, but are just plain entertaining. The musical equivalent of pasta with red sauce
Don't see it if you are looking for ground-breaking or edgy