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See it if You like long dramas that require some historical knowledge, you appreciate real-feeling family dynamics, and have patience for a slow boil.
Don't see it if Long plays/family dramas that require careful listening and some historical context are not your thing.
See it if You’ve never seen Oklahoma or you’re open to this brilliant new version that lets darkness fall on previously brightly illuminated corners.
Don't see it if You’re an Oklahoma purist who isn’t open to a new interpretation.
See it if You like indie folk-rock and are open to a concert + storytelling format. You heart hipster love stories and questioning existence.
Don't see it if You are expecting actual theatre, you believe that theatre should have stories that matter, you don’t like indie folk rock.
See it if You want to see masterful acting and writing in a naturalistic family drama that is relatable and relevant.
Don't see it if You can't sit with feelings of anxiety and dread in a 95 minute intermissionless play.
See it if You want to see a great American play performed by a top tier cast in a visually stunning way.
Don't see it if You can't handle gay themes, liberal politics, you can't sit for 7.5 hours (but there are lots of breaks - it's not bad).
See it if You want a simple, charming musical that offers some representation that is refreshing for Broadway.
Don't see it if You don't like slowly paced musicals that aren't about much. Kind of like Come from Away meets Once, in a way.
See it if You love unique theatrical experiences that pull from different manners of storytelling. Intimate shows are your jam.
Don't see it if You don't like intimate shows, being present, reading, or don't find family histories interesting. You're looking for traditional theatre.
See it if You appreciate one-woman shows portraying various characters. Sarah Jones does this flawlessly and it is something to behold.
Don't see it if You're not open to the topic of sex work, you prefer bigger, more robust productions.
See it if You love the Disney movie. You're looking for a nonthreatening family show.
Don't see it if You want it to be exactly like the Disney movie. You want more challenging theatrical content.
Also GENIE. That's all.
See it if Carmen Cusack is in it. She makes the show worth seeing. Music is refreshing, choreography is innovative. But Carmen's voice tells a story.
Don't see it if Bluegrass drives you nuts or you aren't up for a far-fetched story with a twist you can see coming from a mile away.
See it if You want to experience Lena Hall's version of "She'll be Coming Round the Mountain." You like edgy plays about sex and don't mind ambiguity.
Don't see it if You don't want to hear frank sexual talk about polyamory, group sex, sexual acts, etc.
See it if You like non traditional shows, you want something immersive but not really, you can pay attention in order to keep track of many characters
Don't see it if You don't like performers swirling around you in the aisles or in your lap, you get easily confused, you're a traditionalist.
See it if You like ensemble pieces where actors play multiple characters, sentimental shows about human kindness, and Celtic infused folk rock music.
Don't see it if You can't handle a show that takes place on 9/11, you're allergic to sentiment, or you like plots that have real stakes.
See it if You're up for a blend of masterful close-up magic, interaction, storytelling, and surprising emotion. Thought-provoking and surprising!
Don't see it if You don't like magic, or you only want to see a straight magic show without storytelling or theatricality.
See it if You'd like a quirky, charming show about an introverted dreamer told in a delightfully creative way.
Don't see it if You have expectations for it to be exactly like the movie, or you need your musicals to dazzle you with a big, belty, showy style.
See it if You like plays that embrace bold, minimal direction, you like works that are reimagined. Sit on stage if you can for added intimacy.
Don't see it if You can't sit through an intermissionless show that builds tension to a climax.
See it if You're a fan of Barbra, or you're not and you just want to see a funny fictional take on an aspect of her life. Michael Urie is exceptional.
Don't see it if You don't like one man shows.
See it if You can get tix. Show is a masterfully written, engaging, energized & relatable telling of history. Cast is explosive & beyond talented.
Don't see it if You can't keep up. It moves a mile a minute. Try not to let the show's insane hype create unreasonably high expectations.
See it if You're a Sara Bareilles or Jessie Mueller fan, you want a funny and entertaining story of empowerment with a strong cast of principal actors
Don't see it if You don't like female-centric stories, you don't like saccharine endings
See it if You liked the movie, you want to see superbly talented kids rock out and Alex Brightman be amazing, you want a fun, feel-good show.
Don't see it if You don't like loud musicals, you want a deep night at the theatre, you don't want to be in an audience filled with teens.
See it if You're a dancer, or a performer, or have never seen A Chorus Line (the movie doesn't count).
Don't see it if You're expecting it to feel contemporary. It's a period piece, but don't let that deter you from a classic, groundbreaking piece of theatre.
See it if You've never seen Rent or only saw the movie. It was groundbreaking for the time and the songs and legacy of Jonathan Larson live on.
Don't see it if You don't understand the time in which it came out, its cultural importance, and how it was affected by Jonathan Larson's sudden death.
See it if You want to feel like you're at a rock show with an incredibly charismatic star. Show is electrifying. NPH was amazing, Lena Hall is a star
Don't see it if You're very traditional, not open-minded, or don't like loud music.
See it if You like classic musical comedy viewed through a 2019 lens, you want to laugh. Funniest book on Broadway.
Don't see it if You don’t want to see Tootsie’s plot and characters updated from the film.
See it if You’re old school or new school, like musical comedy or sweet love stories. You want to support original musicals and positive LGBT stories.
Don't see it if You’re bigoted and close-minded and your brain will explode if you see two girls holding hands. Thanksgiving Day Parade naysayers stay away.
See it if You like classic musicals and seeing older Broadway legends in the spotlight, back where they belong.
Don't see it if You can't see past the old-fashioned shell of the show to the life-affirming message.
Also Rating the National Tour with Betty Buckley.
See it if You like stories about mean girls/teen frenemies told in a refreshing way. Charming, poignant, and funny but familiar & relatable.
Don't see it if You don't like stories of, by, or about girls and women. You don't like short shows.
See it if You prefer your immersive in small groups and on a track. You like expanding the mythology of Lewis Carroll & Alice in Wonderland.
Don't see it if You're looking for high production value or inspiring choreography. You don't drink - can be awkward to turn things down in intimate scenes.
See it if You're ready to embrace raw, feminine power. Bonus chuckles and poignant moments if you were a female dancer in your youth.
Don't see it if You don't like frank talk, nudity, or womanhood.
See it if You loved the movie or you love Tina Fey. You'll probably already be on board with what this is - a fun, entertaining ride.
Don't see it if You need your songs to be memorable, you don't like loud musicals about high school. You don't like pink. Or teens. Or adults playing teens.
Also Kate Rockwell and Grey Henson are the most fetch!
See it if You want to experience a soul-stirring, tragic, joyful, and spiritual story told in a masterfully simple way.
Don't see it if You don't like stripped-down shows with spare staging.
See it if You want to see something brilliantly original in form that is a beautiful, funny, and poignant.
Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with silence or having to infer situations with limited dialogue.
See it if You like chuckles motivated by letting people know how much you know about musical theatre references. You liked The Producers/BOM/Spamalot.
Don't see it if You're bothered by sophomoric humor, particularly reliance on gay jokes and sexual content.
See it if You can handle misogyny & douchebaggery in act 1 to get to heartwarming redemption of act 2. You like clever shows, don't mind repetition.
Don't see it if You didn't like the movie and really don't like small town hick characters or sexist jerks.
See it if You want your socks knocked off by Ben Platt's awkward charm and incredible vocals, or if you're a teen girl.
Don't see it if You don't like teen-centric drama, you like believable plot lines, you expect teen suicide to be treated with more care.
See it if You're open to wearing headphones and having an immersive aural experience, you like stories told in unique ways.
Don't see it if You don't want to wear headphones or go along for the ride, you don't like 1 man shows or can't sit for 2 hours without an intermission
See it if You love ballet or dance in general. The choreography, dancing, and company of dancers are exquisite. It's a ballet wrapped in a musical.
Don't see it if You don't get dance or if you want to see something really modern and edgy.
See it if You're a human being who hasn't seen this show. It's an enduring work that lures you in with hedonistic fun then becomes dark and chilling.
Don't see it if You're prudish, a child (this show is not for kids), or don't want to address what happened in Germany in the 1930s and 1940s.
See it if You like Kander & Ebb or Fosse, you want a fun, entertaining show with great dancing. See if casting/stunt casting is good.
Don't see it if The stunt casting is someone who can't sing/dance/act. You like elaborately staged musicals. Staging is simple and effective.
See it if You want to see a clever approach to storytelling, you are open to wordless methods of communication like sound, puppetry and movement
Don't see it if You can't give yourself over to this way of telling a story and/or want everything spelled out for you. You want a longer show - it's short.
See it if You love old-fashioned musicals, you love any members of the principal cast (they are all exceptional here).
Don't see it if You really dislike old-fashioned musicals.
See it if You want to see Lin-Manuel Miranda's Broadway debut, you want to see Broadway infused with hip hop and Latin culture.
Don't see it if You're expecting Hamilton. It's cliche-ridden and predictable, and frankly I think overrated in how novel it was stylistically.
See it if You liked Kinky Boots and like stories about working class Brits learning to accept boys/men who engage in behaviors thought to be feminine.
Don't see it if You loved the movie, which is better. Elton's score is disappointing and lacks memorable songs.