See it if you enjoy CAMP. This show may think it's powerful & profound but it's written by the Toxic Avenger guys! (There are dancing paparazzi!)
Don't see it if you're expecting a bio musical as rich an artful as Evita (which the creators seem "influenced" by), or as elegant as its subject matter.
See it if you'd enjoy an intimate production of a golden age musical that's not often revived. Beth Malone is great & it's nice seeing her up close.
Don't see it if you're a Molly Brown purist b/c they revised some of the material. It didn't always work. The 1st act was enjoyable but the 2nd act dragged.
See it if you're a super woke member of society & also love the Jagged Little Pill album. This is a flawed show but it's still relevant & interesting.
Don't see it if you're looking for escapism at the theater b/c this show is full of very real, weighty issues. It's not a fun show & the narrative is weak.
See it if you're a big Bowie fan & you're open to interpretations of his songs. Sven is great when it comes to Bowie covers. Great song choices too.
Don't see it if you prefer cabaret shows with a big band & lots of musicians b/c this is intimate with just a piano accompaniment (though he's excellent!)
See it if you're an admirer of the film/soundtrack & want to see these wonderful songs live on stage. There are a couple of new additions too.
Don't see it if you're not a fan of shows about teens, or if you want something that's tight/lean. There are pacing issues. It needs a lot of trimming.
See it if you're going to be seduced by the rave reviews it received it London. I suppose there will be no stopping you then. (I found it overrated.)
Don't see it if you want something as profound, easily digestible & brilliant as Angels in America or Normal Heart. This felt like an indulgent soap opera.
See it if you're a big fan of Halloween, puppets and/or immersive shows. Some of the puppetry is quite impressive. It's a fun seasonal show.
Don't see it if you're not able to stand for 90 minutes. There are no seats. You're on your feet the whole time so plan accordingly.
See it if you want to see the ultimate production of Little Shop. Everything was PERFECTION: from the puppetry to the cast to the theater itself. A+
Don't see it if you have very, very fond memories of the original production & don't want to cloud your memories? I dunno. Otherwise RUN to this production.
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 living actors. Bryan Cranston is mesmerizing.
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 want something smart & witty with scathing commentary on government affairs & small town politics... & don’t mind a bit of a wild ride!
Don't see it if you prefer shows that are more straightforward & less metaphorical; don’t have the patience for a slow build; uncomfortable with hot topics.
See it if you want a modern, relevant, unconventional staging of a classic musical. This is not your grandfather's WSS but that's a good thing!
Don't see it if you're going to be bothered by the projections/camerawork. I think Ivo van Hove finally got the video thing right but it's not for everyone.
See it if you are a fan of jukebox musicals & want to see a powerhouse, star-making turn from its lead, Adrienne Warren. She's dynamite.
Don't see it if you're expecting a show whose whole is greater than the sum of its parts. The first act is terrific but the second act is really DUMB.
See it if you’re a fan of Peter Dinklage and/or The National.
Don't see it if you’re a Cyrano purist. Despite being a period show there were some modern mannerisms & colloquialisms. I liked it but it’s not for everyone
See it if you've never seen Kristin on Broadway. She's always dazzling & this concert will scratch a lot of itches. It's sillier than her last show.
Don't see it if you have overly fond memories of her previous shows, or if you didn't care for her latest album. (I liked her last show a lot better,)
See it if you want to be challenged & perhaps made to feel uncomfortable during a provocative show about race relations. It's certainly bold.
Don't see it if you're looking for something buoyant or straightforward. I found most of this play a chore to sit through. Not fun. It also needs trimming.
See it if you're okay with a blunt, biting look at mid-life crisis. It's often tough to swallow but the writing & acting are first-rate. Steppenwolf!
Don't see it if you want an easily digestible show full of likable characters. Or if you have a problem with full-frontal nudity & explicit sex scenes.
See it if you're an admirer of Harvey Fierstein (or Bella Abzug). I love Harvey & he's always captivating on stage. I learned a lot about Bella too.
Don't see it if you're looking for a fast-paced, elaborate show. It being a one-person show, there's not a lot happening on stage so the pacing lags a bit.
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 come to life.
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.)