See it if you liked the movie and pop musicals with great roles for women
Don't see it if you expect something very serious or brilliantly written or different from the movie
See it if You enjoy joyous musicals, inventively staged and beautifully sung, even with slightly over-simplified fables as the core story
Don't see it if You want perfect representation of another culture, you can't lose yourself in lush showtunes in service of sparse character work
See it if you like Tim Minchin's aggressively quirky songwriting, you're interested in the thoughtful story, you have the chance to see Andy Karl
Don't see it if you didn't care for Matilda, you don't like repetitive songs, the leads (in future productions) don't come with stellar reviews
See it if You like inventively-staged shows with thoughtful characters, you're a World's Fair history fan
Don't see it if You need high stakes or intense drama to stay invested in a show, you dislike sad/ambiguous endings
See it if you enjoyed the movie, find Jason Sudekis charming, want a short night out (100 minutes, no intermission)
Don't see it if you want something innovative or gut-wrenchingly emotional, or are maybe done with stories about only white boys
See it if you like unconventional musicals, family dramas, Jewish neuroses, affecting gay romance, and scene-stealing women.
Don't see it if you strongly prefer classically sung/structured musicals, as the score is unconventional and some of the scenes are abstract expressions
See it if You like modern, naturalistic dramas with thoughtful characters and themes on nostalgia and coming-of-age.
Don't see it if You prefer shows with more spectacle and/or stakes. It was a bit slow/quiet in parts.
See it if like straight-forward, compelling productions of Shakespeare, enjoy outdoor theatre, are on a budget (it's free!).
Don't see it if you're distracted by playground/street noises, are looking for something somber, can't imagine Shakespeare with gender-fluid casting.
See it if You like classic musicals, romance, beautifully sung show tunes, humor and charm.
Don't see it if You are looking for something very serious, or if you don't enjoy light musical theatre fare.
See it if you like modern romantic musicals and anything Andy Karl and Orfeh are a part of
Don't see it if you demand brilliant writing or intense emotional arcs
See it if You like dramas about relationships that also explore broader social issues, you like thoughtful personal stories
Don't see it if you get bored in plays longer than 90 minutes, you take issue with outdated modes of thinking around differently-abled teaching
See it if You loved the movie, and classic/animated movie musicals in general, you want a family-friendly charmer of a show
Don't see it if you want something very unexpected or edgy, you are a Communist
See it if you like innovative theatre about theatre, historical dramas presented with modern storytelling language, Jewish history/Holocaust dramas
Don't see it if you want something lighthearted or funny
See it if you know/love the songs, you're moved by stories abt human connections, you enjoy country/folk/gospel, you can view our history as flawed
Don't see it if you need grand staging, you can't abide some janky throw-away numbers, you want pure classical "showtunes", you're bored by subplots
See it if You want a rousing, funny show without too much thought behind the plot or character development; you enjoy musical theater references
Don't see it if you want a drama or something with any emotional heft/impact; you don't know too much musical theater, the "jokes" will not work
See it if you like big, quirky musicals with a decidedly British sense of humor, and lots of children singing loudly. Ambitious and funny, with heart.
Don't see it if you don't care for lots of children singing loudly.
See it if you enjoy sweet pop musicals with great roles for women, want a romantic, heartfelt comedy with touching moments
Don't see it if you don't like a bit of quirk in your comedy/romance, don't care for Sara Bareilles' music as it all sounds very much like her
See it if you like Carole King's music or the songs of the 60's, or just warmhearted stories of artistic struggle and triumph.
Don't see it if you want something very serious or if you're a misogynist.