See it if You will see any Sondheim/Into the Woods, like me. You can get swept away by the music without worrying about poor staging/production value.
Don't see it if You haven't seen Into the Woods before. You value staging/sets/costumes that serve the story.
See it if You love Frankie Valli's music and are interested to see the journey of how he & the 4 Seasons "made it". You love flashy costumes & sets.
Don't see it if You're expecting to see a masterfully penned biography
See it if You can keep up with a crazy-fast plot, love operatic singing, can laugh at the absurd
Don't see it if You are easily offended by language or crass humor
See it if You want to be on the edge of your seat as these master storytellers unfold a NOLA House of Bernarda Alba
Don't see it if You're sexist, racist, etc...there's really no other reason on earth someone shouldn't want to see this
See it if you love projections. You don't care what they did to the movie or to the history. You can turn your brain off.
Don't see it if You want to see your childhood fave in tact. You enjoy sets that aren't just screens. You expect Anastasia to include Rasputin.
See it if You like intimate settings and few characters. You enjoy watching an actor rule his stage. You enjoy actors switching roles onstage.
Don't see it if You need a million characters and giant spectacles. Don't see it if you hate being close to the actors.
See it if You are a straight white man in your 40s who can't get over high school. See if you want to laugh at the same jokes you've already heard.
Don't see it if You like anything original, want to understand the lyrics, like plots you can't predict within 5 minutes, aren't pining for high school.
See it if You want to enter a whole different world that changes how you view ours. You love laughing, vocal pyrotechnics, and masterful storytelling.
Don't see it if You don't like being made to feel things or think about things.
See it if You're interested in how friendships evolve over time in the context of the eventful 20th century and the history we're living today.
Don't see it if You're looking for a fluff piece that insults the intelligence of its audience.
Also The cast truly works as an ensemble.
See it if You love getting sucked into a story in clever couplets that will have you laughing 'til it hurts. Lesli's charisma is unbeatable.
Don't see it if You're turned off by vulgarity or find the Fran Fine brand of comedy to be annoying
Also The set took my breath away- amazing what they did with the space!
See it if You like fast-paced shows that completely take you inside the head of a fascinating character
Don't see it if You are disinterested in the psychology of others
See it if You need a pick-me-up that also makes you confront your ideas of what strength is when also feeling the reality of obligation to the past
Don't see it if You don't have a tolerance for magic or abstraction
See it if You love classic musicals performed by true stars and appreciate spectacular, clever designs. See this if you believe in love.
Don't see it if You're an irreversible cynic. If you have a short attention span. If you only like pop/rock musicals.
See it if You love immersive elements. You're super basic for Alice in Wonderland.
Don't see it if You're tired of Alice in Wonderland adaptions. You're tired of "what if she was just crazy" adaptions. You're creeped out easily.
See it if You don't actually care about LGBT (especially T!) people or how they're represented
Don't see it if You want art to start treating people as people and not as props, no matter their identity.
See it if You know literally anything about the history of Broadway. Your tour guide can fill in gaps & tell you stories you never would have imagined
Don't see it if You have a short attention span, know literally nothing about Broadway, don't care to know anything about Broadway
Also This is a wonderful tour to take your parents on or a wonderful date!
See it if You want to walk out wondering how they did those effects. You enjoy the movie and want to see the magic in person. You love spectacles.
Don't see it if You're really attached to the monkey character. You're expecting to see the next Angels in America.
See it if You want to find yourself with cheeks hurting from laughing & hands sore from clapping at this phenomenal night at the theatre
Don't see it if You're homophobic, you need a serious drama, you hate energetic choreo, you can't get swept up
See it if You're into smart yet ridiculous humor, you enjoy hilarious women who just happen to be playing lesbians, you're totally down for a ride.
Don't see it if You hate Ionesco, you're homophobic or misogynist, you get confused easily, you need a simple, linear plot.
See it if You like spunky shows featuring a cast committed to fun for the audience. The lead has amazing belt technique that you cannot miss!!
Don't see it if You're looking for something to deeply contemplate or something with a billion dollar budget
See it if You can retain your sanity long enough to wait for Blair Brown's scenes. If you just want to say that you've been in a room with Uma Thurman
Don't see it if Your FB newsfeed has complaints about Trump for free & you don't want to pay to see them onstage. If you like good storytelling.
See it if You're ready to laugh, for your jaw to hit the ground, and to fall in love with musicals all over again. Bernadette is a lifetime MUST SEE.
Don't see it if You need shows to have deep profound meaning or can't tolerate extended dance numbers. You look for "message" more than "joy".
See it if You enjoy the movie and don't mind a broad adaptation of it. You can suspend disbelief and enjoy individual performances.
Don't see it if You're expecting to see a direct translation of the film or something that isn't fluff.
See it if You enjoy clever, witty writing paired with masterful character work and solid singing
Don't see it if You can't stand vibrato or have no sense of humor
See it if You can laugh at the poor storytelling & hilarious tourist pandering, have the patience to wait for the 5 minutes of helicoptor
Don't see it if You appreciate plots with intelligence & intrigue, you can't be in the same room as maddening racism, you like character development
See it if You are interested in some of Bernstein's best legit work...you're a fan of Voltaire's acerbic wit
Don't see it if You're easily bored by highbrow humor...you prefer a pop sound
See it if You want to see a master performance from every single member of the cast...you like to watch absolute brilliance in action
Don't see it if You absolutely hated the original...you get bored without spectacle
See it if You enjoy unbelievable dancing, spectacular visuals, and a poignant true story that showcases Cuban-Americans and their culture.
Don't see it if You're racist? That's the only reason not to go, really.