See it if The stagecraft and puppetry are wonderful, and the cinematic music creates momentum. But the writing and leading characters are below par.
Don't see it if You are looking for more than a huge puppet being expertly maneuvered.
See it if You enjoy nuanced topics. The true reality of this story is eye-opening. Recognizing how easy it is to be trapped by stereotypes.
Don't see it if You are looking for dancing.
See it if You like seeing how producers attempt to transfer a movie to a big stage musical
Don't see it if you are looking for provocative or innovative theatre...or if you want to see impressive theatre writing
See it if you appreciate seeing life through a cosmic lens, if you are open-minded, if you enjoy masterful theatre craft on display.
Don't see it if you have a short attention span, if you are unable to sit for lengthy events, if you are looking for lighter fare.
See it if You know the great range and talent of Lithgow's work. Or if you appreciate the personal craft of story-telling.
Don't see it if You are looking for song, dance, large cast, or intense drama.
See it if If you have never seen a professional production of this classic, you will be enchanted to see it with Bette Midler who was born to do this.
Don't see it if You don't like traditional Broadway musical style.
See it if You want to see an innovative approach to a new musical.
Don't see it if You want to hum the score.
See it if you want to open your mind, or want to enjoy new viewpoints, if you like discovering new talents
Don't see it if you are suspicious of words like "schaudenfreude"...if you are a bit paranoid around puppets.
See it if you like to laugh about subjects you were afraid to laugh about, you enjoy adventurous theatre
Don't see it if you reave sensitive tastes, if your sense of humor is fussy, if you prefer classical theatre
See it if you like joining the forces behind a massive hit, if you like story book fantasy
Don't see it if you resist hype, if you prefer serious drama
See it if You want to experience the full package of sizzling great theatre.
Don't see it if You only like standard shows....or if you have any trouble adjusting to complex or innovative techniques.
Also I will return to see this show again and again.
See it if The intensity and volume of the show overwhelms the small space and annoys. Ambitious in its rap intentions, it is dwarfed by HAMILTON.
Don't see it if You would like something more classy and lower volume.
See it if You believe there is something valuable in any experience. The 4 lady performers give their all to material that limits them.
Don't see it if You are expecting more than deja vu.
See it if You enjoy spoof, very talented theater professionals, and terrific direction and choreography.
Don't see it if You don't like musicals making fun of musicals....
See it if A classic, expertly directed by Bret Sher, terrific cast. Disappointed by the token alteration to the last beat of the show.
Don't see it if You cannot appreciate the classics of the past.
See it if Interesting concept with intelligent observations of how our expectations in life change as we weather the years.
Don't see it if You expect the usual Broadway formulas.
See it if You like challenging ideas. The 1976 film is my favorite. Seeing how it has been adapted for stage was fascinating.
Don't see it if You have trouble following multiple story lines.
See it if You could enjoy the Yiddish language like a musical instrument giving new flavor to a familiar meal. A very touching experience.
Don't see it if You think you know everything and cannot revisit the story
See it if you like to sample new works for musical theater.
Don't see it if you expect great music, book, and lyrics....or if you have trouble understanding actors trying to talk English as foreigners.
See it if you like biographical theatre, if you enjoy excellent tap dancing, smaller intimate theatre spaces
Don't see it if you are in search of the avant garde, if you find singing and dancing annoying
See it if you want to take the whole family, if you love experiencing theatre magic
Don't see it if you are looking for Greek tragedy or Arthur Miller serious
See it if you have been singing pop songs of the past 40 years you like traditional musical theatre chronological story telling
Don't see it if you are looking for more iconoclastic theatre, or more challenging mind-benders
See it if you enjoy observing fine theatre craftsmanship and story-telling, coming of age
Don't see it if you are looking for out of the box, whacky
See it if The Latin band is right on stage and the music is so good, it's hard to be still in your seat. The story is universal, well-told, and moving
Don't see it if I cannot imagine anyone not enjoying this musical.
See it if You want to experience a great revival of classic American musical theater....or if you want to understand the reality of Russian pogroms
Don't see it if You don't like musical theater