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See it if you want to see a fresh, fearless, thrilling new musical unlike anything you've ever seen from a singular gay black musical theater writer.
Don't see it if you're uptight/easily offended by sex & strong profanity. It probably *should* make you uncomfortable and open your mind - in the best way.
See it if you want a moving and truly unique theatrical experience about language and storytelling that cannot and will not ever be replicated again.
Don't see it if you're looking for a more traditional narrative-driven play and are averse to anything interactive.
See it if you love Carole King, her songs (and her contemporaries' of the era) and want to see a biographical jukebox musical about her life and work.
Don't see it if you loathe jukebox musicals, or Carole King/these songs don't mean anything to you. (They're really great songs though.)
See it if you want an original new musical about the significant impact of WWI women telephone operators, where the actors also play the instruments.
Don't see it if for some reason you hate John Doyle-style musicals with the actors doubling as the musicians.
See it if you love Ethel Merman & would enjoy a silly Merman/Book of Mormon mash-up sketch musical in that specific niche of St. Luke's cabaret shows.
Don't see it if you're expecting a sustained book/plot; the joke dies pretty quickly & the parodies of Merman hits are clunky and grow tiresome.
See it if you like Adam Gwon (or don't know his work), and would enjoy a lovely musical about 4 New Yorkers and how their lives are connected.
Don't see it if you don't like small intimate musicals. It's mostly sung through, but more of a book musical than a song cycle.
See it if you love Bob Dylan's music, and are interested in seeing a new Depression-era Connor McPherson play infused with new Dylan arrangements.
Don't see it if you're not a Dylan fan, or are expecting a great plot-driven play where the songs advance the plot or have something to do with the story.
See it if you love Disney, you loved the movie Frozen, you have kids. Same great story and songs you love, plus some new stuff.
Don't see it if you didn't like Frozen. Or you don't feel the need to see it as a Broadway musical.
See it if you're a redhead? Idk. If you're a fan of Katie Thompson, and you're down for a goofy cabaret show set in a 'redheads anonymous' meeting.
Don't see it if you're expecting a plot-driven book musical about badass redheads staging a revolution or something, like I was.
See it if you love Fiddler and are interested in seeing it performed in Yiddish. (And if you speak/understand Yiddish, it's a must see!)
Don't see it if you don't want to read supertitles for 3 hours. I probably wouldn't recommend it if you've never seen the show before (& only know English).
See it if you like Corey Stoll (which I very much do); you love Othello, or haven't seen Othello, and are able to snag tickets.
Don't see it if it's raining; you don't have the patience for Shakespeare.
See it if you want to see a new pop/folk musical about 3 generations of women with conflicting political & religious views finding 'common ground.'
Don't see it if you're expecting something mindblowing from the book and characters. It's got a bit of a jukebox musical vibe. A little corny.
See it if you're interested in an inventive, beautifully sung and orchestrated multilayered modern musical retelling of a classic folk tale.
Don't see it if You want a simple, linear, more traditionally told story; or this particular hot-button issue is too touchy a subject for you.
See it if you'd enjoy a mainstream contemporary musical about drag queens with a Cyndi Lauper pop score. It's fun, sweet, and has heart.
Don't see it if you're looking for something to really dig deep in its exploration of gender issues.
See it if you're interested in a high school freedom of speech play (about art, activism, religion) and don't mind preachiness and speechifying.
Don't see it if you're expecting a great play with strong believable characters. They just talk and talk and go on tangents and it's a bit tedious.
See it if you're open to something unusual that addresses the issues surrounding the 'Battle of the Sexes' in a unique way that only theater can do.
Don't see it if you're looking for a more conventional/linear approach to storytelling. This is definitely offbeat and a little bizarre, but worthwhile.
See it if you would be intrigued by a riotous, amusing (& terrifying) satire of a future in which the patriarchy has led to women's extinction.
Don't see it if you need a more traditionally structured plot and aren't open to something a little absurd and wacky; you're not a fan of Robert O'Hara's.
See it if you want a beautifully written & performed new musical (with a fantastic pop/rock score). A difficult, heartbreaking, lovely story.
Don't see it if $$$ (No other reason not to see it.)
See it if you're a fan of the comics, or want to see a sweet new children's puppet musical celebrating diversity and (dis)abilities. Fun and adorable!
Don't see it if you don't like puppets or don't have kids/aren't interested in a TYA musical.
See it if you want to see a brilliantly directed and acted production of one of the all-time great plays. Ingenious, exhausting and so satisfying.
Don't see it if you can't sit through 3.5-4 hours. Or can't get tickets (it's very sold out).
See it if you're interesting in sci-fi and artificial intelligence and want to see a very solid, smart new play.
Don't see it if you aren't interested in taking a chance on a new indie off-off thing.
See it if you want to have your mind blown by the ridiculously talented team of Kirsten Childs & Robert O'Hara celebrating black women in America.
Don't see it if you have bad tastes, no imagination, and are closed minded about what musicals should be.
See it if you liked the movie; you want to be moved by a lovely, magical story. Just gorgeous. Fantastic performances.
Don't see it if you're looking for a big flashy musical or a 'more traditional' Broadway experience.
Also This is David Yazbek's best work.
See it if you want to see a wonderful, super fun 90-minute Twelfth Night. Fabulous direction. Fantastic performances. Maybe my all-time fave Olivia.
Don't see it if I guess if you hate Shakespeare for some reason? It's FREE. You should see it.
See it if you're down for a fun, rocking teen quest/self-discovery story. TYA but it's for everyone. The kids in the audience seemed to have a blast.
Don't see it if you don't like theatre for young audiences, Greek mythology, rock musicals, or didn't like these specific books.
See it if you want to see Adam Driver, Keri Russell, Brandon Uranowitz & David Furr light it up in a Lanford Wilson play. Engaging and surprising!
Don't see it if you're expecting the sexy drama/romance that the poster and general marketing suggests -- it's kind of misleading honestly.
See it if you like comedian Colin Quinn and want to enjoy a funny & interesting take on the state of this country and the flaws of our 2-party system
Don't see it if you're not interested in seeing a one-man standup show dealing with American observational political & cultural humor,
See it if you like The Go-Go's, or want a fun colorful jukebox musical comedy that celebrates women and queer romance. Great choreo. Belting!!!
Don't see it if you hate jukebox musicals/are looking for an original score.
Also Now the world knows the star that Bonnie Milligan is. Praise be.
See it if you want a fresh, creative, funny, zany satire exploring cultural sensitivities written by a Native American woman. I loved it.
Don't see it if you're too easily offended? Idk, that's a stretch. No reason not to see it in my mind.
See it if you really love poetry and Edna St. Vincent Millay and would enjoy hearing her poems set and sung beautifully.
Don't see it if you want story/plot; you're not that into poetry. It's definitely a weird downtown experimental theater thing, so maybe you're into that.
See it if you love Sex and the City and one-woman shows (or even if you only know a minimal amount about it but want a fun night with great laughs)!
Don't see it if you know nothing about SATC and have zero interest in it/know it's not for you. Or you have an aversion to one-person shows.
See it if you love the movie and want to see an imaginative, theatrical staging with remarkable puppetry and choreography. It's unlike anything else.
Don't see it if you don't like Disney, The Lion King, child actors, or actors portraying animals with puppetry. But like... you should.
See it if you want to see a fantastic, moving, fun as hell, original coming of age musical for the outcasts. This score is so so good. THE JOES, MAN!
Don't see it if SEE IT. If you're sensitive to loud noises/music, I might suggest bringing earplugs. I felt old (I'm not). It's loud!
See it if you like SpongeBob; you're intrigued by what a musical based on a Nickelodeon cartoon directed by Tina Landau would look like. I sure was.
Don't see it if you dislike or know nothing about SpongeBob (basic familiarity with the characters will definitely help); you want something more serious.
See it if you're a fan of the show/JRB but have never seen it staged. Great direction that made it surprisingly timely. It could've been written now.
Don't see it if you're expecting a book musical with dialogue and plot; this is a song cycle/concert. Know what to expect in that regard.
Also MYKAL KILGORE!!! Holy moly.
See it if you love the show; you're a fan of Bart Sher's consistently gorgeous revivals of classic musicals with a full sweeping orchestra.
Don't see it if you don't like this show or traditional musicals. But you'd be missing out.
See it if you like MAGIC!!! It's seriously incredible. I went in knowing nothing about it (though I love the books) and was blown away. Truly magical!
Don't see it if you're a sad person who has no interest in Harry Potter. But my friend who hadn't read the books or seen the movies (weirdo) loved it.
See it if you want a timely play dealing with the aftermath of a school shooting on two 13-year-old kids, and the adults who are letting them down.
Don't see it if this doesn't sound like something you want to see. But it's 90 minutes, & it's got a lot of good stuff in there. I think it's worth seeing.
See it if you'd enjoy a moving story that deals with LGBT and Jewish history connected by Harvey Milk's legacy.
Don't see it if you're expecting a bio-musical of Harvey Milk (that's not what this is).
See it if you're familiar with the show (the musical or the Jerry Springer show) & know what you're in for... a crazy, irreverent, bizarro opera!
Don't see it if you're easily offended, not up for something intentionally cringe-inducing. (Tap-dancing KKK should pretty much cover it.)
See it if you want to see Amy Schumer & Laura Benanti being fabulous in a goofy, absurd comedy. Fun, funny, and ultimately sweet & satisfying.
Don't see it if you don't like Steve Martin's humor; you're looking for a more linear, traditional storyline based in realism.
See it if you want to see a beautiful, exciting, engaging musical that celebrates storytelling & bridging the divide between different social classes.
Don't see it if No reason. It's a must-see!
See it if you want to see a fun, uniquely staged (immersive) production. Carolee Carmello is PERFECTION & you should see it for her Mrs. Lovett alone.
Don't see it if you don't like actors singing in your face; or you're looking for a powerhouse title performance (that was the only disappointing element).
See it if you're a fan of Amy Herzog, Anne Kauffman, or contemporary plays that beautifully tackle difficult subject matter. Heartbreaking & lovely.
Don't see it if you're not prepared to delve into something heavy (are looking for a comedy or something light).
Also ALL FEMALE CAST/WRITER/DIRECTOR! I love it.
See it if you're a fan of the movie (one of my all-time favorites) or want to see a heartwarming, uplifting story with a unique sound. It's lovely.
Don't see it if you don't like romantic comedies or Sara Bareilles's music.
See it if you love immersive theatre, and theatre magic in general. It took a little while to get going but then it reeled me in. Totally enchanting.
Don't see it if you're not into immersive/participatory theatre and are unable to or don't want to move around throughout the space.
See it if you're a fan of A Raisin in the Sun; you want to see a solid production of this rarely-produced 1974 Best Musical. Important history.
Don't see it if you wouldn't be interested in a musicalized version of the play. But you'd be missing out.
See it if you want to laugh for 2 hours non-stop at basically one escalating joke executed masterfully, and marvel at "how did they do that?!"
Don't see it if farce & physical comedy aren't your things. You find yourself aligning with the tastes of Ben Brantley more often than not.
See it if you're open to a uniquely told story of a scientist trying to solve the mystery of her father's disappearance. It's funny, and quite lovely.
Don't see it if you prefer more traditional storytelling/staging/set, don't like Fringe shows or aren't up for something a little weird and different.
See it if you're interested in a creative and outrageously funny/zany show about the human error and mishandling that led to the war in Iraq.
Don't see it if Can't really think of a reason unless you have PTSD from 9/11 or the Iraq War and aren't interested in any political satire about it.