See it if You prefer light, happy musicals; very simple, not much plot to follow, a true children's musical. Or, if you haven't seen the movie.
Don't see it if You've seen the movie; it's not a very good translation onto the stage. Or if you want a show with more depth and plot driven.
See it if You enjoy stories of war-torn far off countries with romance shining through the darkness; a classic musical everyone must see at least once
Don't see it if You're not comfortable with themes that are focused towards adult issues; not a very family show.
Also This is for a previous production.
See it if You enjoyed the movie and all of it's lovely music, even the new music is beautiful; a very romantic plot which will enchant the senses.
Don't see it if You plan on bringing children under eight years old or are a stickler for the movie.
See it if You are a very open person; the humor and authenticity to the musical was astounding (in a good way). Characters are diverse and have depth!
Don't see it if You cannot handle sensitive topics such as severe mental illnesses and suicide.
See it if You're a fan of any of the principle cast. Audra is amazing and her costars are fantastic. Shuffle Along immensely entertaining. Loved it!
Don't see it if You're not into documentaries. The original was pivotal in musical theatre history, but the stakes don't feel quite so high in this show.
See it if You are a fan of Gloria Estefan, Latin music or biopic/ jukebox stories... It's a really fun and entertaining show!! Go see it
Don't see it if 80s music is not your thing, or if you can't bring yourself to sit through another "underdog making it big in American music" story.
See it if You enjoyed and thoroughly loved the book
Don't see it if You don't love feel good musicals, or don't have an experience of the book.
See it if You like classical musicals, tap dancing, and funny women (Leslie Margherita is hilarious as Moana)
Don't see it if You don't like classical musicals or smaller productions.
See it if you like dancing; you like getting swept away in a romantic but charming story; Brandon Uranowitz is still in it.
Don't see it if dancing bores you; classic musical charm has no effect on you; you have too high expectations.
See it if You are a fan of Glee's Matthew Morrison, Peter Pan, and family-friendly "BROADWAY" musicals
Don't see it if you loved the (much more subtle and interesting) movie of the same name, and demand a bit of sophistication in your musicals
See it if You like broad satire, are entertained by the dysfunctional families shouting on daytime tv talk shows, and careering plot twists
Don't see it if You prefer your humor more subtle and less shouty, and your plots more pulled-together than slapdash
See it if you want to be stunned visually and completely absorbed in the mind of a young autistic boy
Don't see it if you want a straight play or musical with nothing inventive about it
See it if you want to laugh your head off for a solid hour and a half and be on the edge of your seat
Don't see it if you're highly religious and would get offended by a play poking fun at religion and the devil.
See it if you were of the Carole King era and grew up with those songs
Don't see it if you don't know any of her songs. I didn't and it wasn't that great for me but it was great for my parents who knew her music well.
See it if You want a true (but very confusing) story about a family immigrating from Cuba to America.
Don't see it if you value your time. You have sensitive ears: it's almost constant screeching and near hysterical fake sobbing.
See it if you want something original, profound, thought-provoking and well written. The score and lyrics were great and the staging was inventive.
Don't see it if you want to see a Tony award winning actor (Michael Cerveris); he wasn't good. His singing was grating and made it hard to focus.
See it if you want a beautifully written, wonderfully acted masterpiece. Its heartbreaking and naturalistic, funny at appropriate times.
Don't see it if you want a short show, this dragged on a little bit too long. you don't like naturalism. you want a show with happy subject matter.
See it if You're trying to fill out your bucket list of the classic; not much has changed. Don't go in with high expectations and you might be pleased
Don't see it if You want a story with meat to the bone, you want actual plot and not just fluff. Songs are good, but it's not worth it.
See it if You would like to see a musical with great staging, singing, and direction; the actors are magnificent!
Don't see it if You enjoy stories that actually have an ending, or a real plot for that matter. Very long-and-drawn-out story with no solid end.
See it if You would like to see problems of young people, and such wonderful energy brought to the stage, met with Lin Manuel-Miranda's writing.
Don't see it if You cannot keep up with fast singing, dislike rap music, or desire a more "Broadway" sound.
See it if You want to be riveted and completely taken aback by the story; so very easy to become wrapped up, wonderful direction.
Don't see it if You mind gore or are really turned off by the thought of murder and cannibalism; or if you have a weak stomach.
See it if You want to see Jessie Mueller in another Tony-deserving performance; or you're a fan of Bareilles' music, because it's all great pop.
Don't see it if Themes of spousal abuse and adultery are high on a list of heavy dampers for you.
See it if You like seeing men sing and strip their clothes off. (NOT family friendly--more like a drunk, bad Magic Mike)
Don't see it if You want a quality stripping, singing musical (just go see Magic Mike)
See it if You have small children or need a good show to see with your family.
Don't see it if You don't want to see a light, fluffy show with your family, or distaste family friendly shows.
See it if You loved the original movie, Andrew Lloyd Webber, or Sierra Boggess, or rock music.
Don't see it if You didn't like the original movie or Andrew Lloyd Webber.
See it if You enjoy youthful, fresh, edgy, sometimes- uncomfortable material. Parent-child, student-teacher, boy-girl dynamics. Great for older teens
Don't see it if you prefer melodic, sweet ballads and happy-ever-after love stories.
See it if you want to be floored by incredible puppetry and a supremely moving story, but be warned: it's dark. No bad seat in the house.
Don't see it if you don't want to think at a show. You want something upbeat and comedic. You don't like seeing scenes depicting war.
See it if you want a classic musical with singing and dancing and not something with an absorbing plot
Don't see it if you don't want cliche songs stuck in your head for the next 10 years
See it if You want to be wowed, or to see something you've never seen before, it's fast paced, original, and deserves all the Tonys (as well as Lin)
Don't see it if You can't keep up with the fast lyrics, or you despise history or Alexander Hamilton with a passion.
See it if you want to see an amazing classic and see Alan Cumming and Emma Stone kill it on stage. It's so moving and raunchy.
Don't see it if you don't like sexual innuendos or cabarets, or if you don't want to have an amazing theatrical experience.
See it if you want a purely fun musical, featuring adults playing "nerdy" high schoolers. The songs are full of great puns. Overall a good time.
Don't see it if you don't like nasal-y voices, a bunch of the cast has them. you don't want to hear people spelling.
See it if you were a fan of the eponymous movie.You want to be drawn into characters and songs. It's touching and understated. Go see it, it's great.
Don't see it if you want a traditional musical. You want a happy ending wrapped in a bow. You don't want to be emotionally involved in a show.