See it if you can get a ticket! This was worth the efforts. It's a big, fun, heartwarming spectacle. Perfect marriage between Disney + The Public.
Don't see it if you're expecting a fully-realized, polished Disney production. This is still a Public Works show. (But that's not a bad thing at all.)
See it if you're a Sondheim purist & want to see an improved production of his lattermost show. The score works well. (The book not so much.)
Don't see it if you're expecting a show as strong as one of his earlier masterworks. This still seems like a work in progress.
See it if you want to see a powerhouse performance by one of today's greatest actors. Mesmerizing. People will be talking about it for a while.
Don't see it if you're expecting the rest of the show to come close to Cranston's performance; or if you don't enjoy experimental, unconventional stagings.
See it if you're a fan of the movie & don't mind them taking chances w/new storylines. It's a fun show that works half of the time. The set is great!
Don't see it if you're looking for a knock-out new show with a great score. The second act drags & the score is serviceable at best (it's the weakest link).
See it if you're looking for a fun, contemporary, feel-good musical where you won't have to think hard but won't feel guilty about enjoying it either.
Don't see it if you have an aversion to lighthearted, slightly saccharine musicals, or don't like shows about high school youth.
See it if you want an irreverent, dark comedy that's full of both highbrow & lowbrow humor. The cast is fantastic. There are some hilarious moments.
Don't see it if you're at all squeamish, or can't handle humor about bodily functions b/c the lowbrow bits are quite low! I saw a good number of walkouts.
See it if you’re a big Cher fan! Duh! Fans should eat this up. They give us a little bit of everything. Costumes are AMAZING too. God bless Bob Mackie
Don't see it if you have an aversion to jukebox musicals. This probably won’t win you over. It's unimaginative & admittedly hokey, but I still had fun.
See it if you're ready for a powerful, immersive show about the plight of political refugees. It's eye-opening & vital. More like docu-theater.
Don't see it if you're going to have a hard time sitting comfortably on benches (or the floor!) for nearly 3 hours. I'll never complain about seating again.
See it if you’re not too familiar with the movie & you enjoy dark, irreverent, juvenile humor. (The sets & costumes look great. I’ll give them that.)
Don't see it if you cherish the movie b/c not much works here! They try to make the show their own but the plot is confusing. And the music is forgettable.
See it if you're ready for the rare jukebox musical that's sophisticated & smart. This is a heartfelt & artistic show. And the Dylan songs sound great
Don't see it if you're looking for an exciting show b/c I have to say, I found the plot kind of dull. My mind wandered during a lot of the book scenes.
See it if you don't care about thought or craft or storyline & just want to bop in your seat & sing along to some excellent Donna Summer songs.
Don't see it if you're tired of biographical jukebox musicals b/c this is one of the worst ones-- it's cheap, hollow & corny. Strictly for the Vegas crowd.
See it if you're looking for a new play that tackles modern gay relationship issues. It's a commendable effort but the writing/dialogue is not strong.
Don't see it if you're bothered by frank depictions of nudity, or if you're expecting a happy ending. I was kind of depressed by the end of the show.
See it if you've got a working knowledge of the original film/novel, like it, & want to see a creative, immersive, albeit very abbreviated adaptation.
Don't see it if you're at all prudish or squeamish. There's a lot of nudity, foul language & bodily fluids coming at you. Literally.
See it if you want a beautiful staging of a classic R&H musical. The music is timeless. The choreography is exquisite. This is a lovely production.
Don't see it if you're looking for contemporary themes, b/c the book is problematic. They cut a few questionable lines but it ended up muddying the climax.
See it if your weed dealer hooked you up with particularly strong stuff recently b/c you'll probably need to be high to enjoy this show.
Don't see it if you're sober and/or don't have young children in tow. I found this to be silly, somewhat grating & highly overrated.
See it if you're yearning for a big, lavish spectacle of a musical, hearkening back to the golden age. This is a beautiful production. (That set!!)
Don't see it if you're not into the classics (although if that's the case this production could sway you!), or if you can't sit still for 3 hours.
See it if you're curious about seeing one of the first plays to depict the AIDS pandemic. It's oft-forgotten & not performed very often.
Don't see it if you're looking for a profound take on the subject. It's dated & pales in comparison to The Normal Heart (which came out a few months later).
See it if you're a devout Bruce fan & you can afford (or at least justify) the cost. It's a riveting & intimate autobiographical show. Deeply poetic.
Don't see it if you're expecting a 3.5 hour stadium show with the E Street Band. This is a stripped performance with as much monologue as there is music.
See it if you're interested in seeing a landmark LGBT-themed play in a stellar production. The staging was exquisite. The themes still relevant.
Don't see it if you're a Torch Song Trilogy purist as this production seems to abbreviate & combine the first two parts.
See it if she ever brings it back b/c this was one of the most satisfying nights of theater in all my years of seeing shows. A MUST for Patti fans!
Don't see it if you're not a fan of Patti LuPone. I mean, that seems obvious. But if you're a fan there's no reason not to see this show.
See it if you want to see a worthy staging of this under-produced Sondheim gem. (Though it's too late now. It already closed!) The cast is/was great
Don't see it if you thought the Public's production of Julius Caesar encouraged violence against the president. B/c you sure ain't gonna like Assassins!
See it if you're looking for a topical, contemporary play about the plight of working middle class Americans. It's super relevant & feels authentic.
Don't see it if you're tired of plays on this subject (it's been done a lot) & want an escape from reality-- Sweat feels very real. Almost like a docu-play.
See it if you're able to get a discounted ticket. It's a thrill seeing Patti & Christine on stage together. Unfortunately the material is lackluster.
Don't see it if you're not a fan of the leading ladies (it's the only reason to see War Paint), or if you're looking for something fast-paced & exciting.
See it if you're able to get a ticket, or if you call yourself a musical theater fan. Seriously. This is a stellar production; not just a star vehicle
Don't see it if you have absolutely no interest in classic musicals & prefer edgy, contemporary shows.
See it if you're like me & you enjoy exploring new Off-Broadway musicals, since that's where a lot of risks are taken. This show had a nice message.
Don't see it if you're going to be disappointed by two-dimensional characters, trite thematics & eye-rolling dialogue. This risk doesn't pay off.
See it if you're a big fan of Jim Steinman songs (like myself!). His music has always been bombastic & theatrical so it's fun to see them acted out.
Don't see it if you want a coherent storyline with fleshed out characters. The book, not surprisingly, is a mess. It's a dumb show. But I still had fun!
See it if you're looking for a well-crafted musical from top to bottom. This is one of the best movie-to-stage adaptations. Everything works well.
Don't see it if having a hard time thinking about reasons not to see this. Maybe if you hated the movie? Or are having a hard time with the subject matter?
See it if you're a fan of contemporary politics. This show gives a very believable & entertaining glimpse into the private lives of the Clintons.
Don't see it if you loathe the Clintons, I guess. While it's not exactly flattering it asks a lot of empathy of the audience.
See it if you're looking for another grade-A revival of a musical from yesteryear. It's a fun production with some outstanding choreography.
Don't see it if you're not into fluffy or dated musicals. Or if you can't sit still for over 2.5 hours. The show feels long. First act is nearly 90 minutes.
See it if you absolutely need to see another theatrical adaptation of Alice in Wonderland.
Don't see it if you're expecting a show that comes close to the strengths of the composers' previous works; or if you're put off by whimsical shows.
See it if you're a big fan of monologues & don't mind hearing about death for an hour & a half.
Don't see it if you're on a romantic date, or if you're looking for something casually entertaining b/c you will most likely be disappointed.
See it if you’re looking for a sophisticated & nuanced musical. This is the antithesis of Disneyfied Broadway. It’s a very well-crafted show...
Don't see it if ...but it's also a little dull. I have to admit, I nodded off a couple of times. Sometimes I just want a little more theatrical candy.
See it if you're looking for a queer-friendly show for all ages. The show's message is warm & heartfelt, if a little obvious. And the music is fun.
Don't see it if you're looking for a flawless show with powerhouse performances. The show is silly & a little clunky but it still works (barely).
See it if you know the source material well & are open to creative interpretations. Some things worked & some didn't but I'm really glad I saw this.
Don't see it if you're an Oklahoma! purist & can't take radical takes on the original. The staging has a lot of blocking issues. And the ending was tough.
See it if you're looking for a spectacle b/c the Kong puppet is spectacular. This show is a real technical achievement. (The rest? Not so much.)
Don't see it if you're expecting the rest of the show to be as strong. The music is terrible. The characters are two-dimensional. The dialogue is laughable.
See it if you have a vested interest in LGBT-themed shows b/c this one is noteworthy & landmark, if (extremely) dated & at times tough to watch.
Don't see it if you're only there to see Matt Bomer or the Big Bang Theory guy b/c you're going to spend a lot of money to watch a show about shitty people.
See it if you're a big fan of the movie & would like to see it performed live with a handful of updated jokes. Tina Fey made it very 2018.
Don't see it if you're looking for a show that reinvents the wheel. Mean Girls is definitely a crowd-pleaser but it's not a particularly innovative show.
See it if you have a morbid curiosity about the world of Studio 54 & want to see an ambitious, albeit clichéd & unfocused show set in that era.
Don't see it if you're expecting a tight show with a fresh take on the Studio 54 era. We've seen a lot of this before. The rest is dull. All in all, a mess.
See it if you are either a giant fan of the movie or you have kiddies in tow & money is no object. This is essentially a glorified theme park show.
Don't see it if you can't stand talkative children in the theater, or if you have an aversion to digital projections. The show relies on them a bit too much
See it if you're an Edward Albee fan or if you want to see a master class in acting. (Glenda Jackson is revelatory.) This is a deeply profound show.
Don't see it if you have trouble with the subject of aging & death. There are humorous moments but the show gets a little bleak. Not exactly light fare.
See it if you're a huge fan of Kenneth Lonergan. Or Chris Evans. According to most of the people sitting by me they were there to see Captain America.
Don't see it if you're looking for something really resonant or meaningful. I have to say, I found this show to be dull & totally forgettable.
See it if you've only seen community or regional theater productions b/c this is the real deal. The staging was phenomenal. And the cast is excellent.
Don't see it if if you're a Trumpster & would prefer musicals about people in Norway. (Although if that's you maybe you SHOULD see Once On This Island.)
See it if you want to see a decent example of a movie adaptation: the familiar material is all here but Tina Fey added new jokes to update the show.
Don't see it if you're not interested in a show about teenagers, or you didn’t care for the film—it’s still Mean Girls, after all.
See it if you've only ever read the play or seen the movie. It's lovely seeing it on stage, as intended. The stagecraft is magnificent. First rate.
Don't see it if you have *really* fond memories of the original Broadway or London shows. This was a great production but I didn't love every performance.
See it if you've never seen a production before. This is a big show full of spectacle. Definitely honors its status as one of Broadway's mega-hits.
Don't see it if you're looking for something upbeat & fun. The show is very melodramatic. And the ending was a huge downer-- I was not prepared for it!
See it if you want to turn your brain off after a long day at work & laugh your ass off. This is the mother of all farces. My face hurt from laughing.
Don't see it if you prefer highbrow plays that make profound statements, or if you loathe farces....b/c this one will drive you crazy.
See it if you missed the original production, or if you enjoy plays with stylized dialogue & plenty of asides to the audience.
Don't see it if you're bothered by the unnatural approach to dialogue mentioned above. It seemed very dated, pretentious & hokey to me.
See it if you want a thought-provoking acerbic take on the institution of marriage (led by a stellar cast). It's an ambitious experiment but succeeds.
Don't see it if you're an Ibsen purist & not open to a new chapter of a landmark play. (Though you should be. It's an interesting gamble that pays off.)
See it if you like a well-crafted musical, from top to bottom. You don't even have to love the (timeless) film b/c they really make this their own.
Don't see it if ..I'm having a hard time thinking of someone who wouldn't like this show. Maybe if you absolutely hated the movie? If so what's wrong w/you!
See it if you have an uncompromised passion for LGBT love stories, or if you're a big Harvey Fierstein fan-- it's always a treat seeing him on stage.
Don't see it if you're looking for something really moving & impactful. There were some nice monologues but the show never really came together for me.