See it if truly smart, funny script that doesn't smother w/ twee cleverness. Catchy songs, great ensemble. Dark material w/ a light touch & real heart
Don't see it if you're expecting MacBeth. It's based on a movie that based on McB. I'm a Shakespeare nut & I loved it, but don't expect Tom Stoppard.
See it if An object lesson in comic acting. Kevin Kline was born to play this role, his best comic role since On the 20th Century. Great ensemble.
Don't see it if You're brain-dead.
See it if Clever staging, great sets, lots of young talent and energy, reminiscent of Annie.
Don't see it if Doesn't stick in the brain for a very long time. Sound is loud and sometimes dialog is lost.
See it if Illuminating view of a super-important musical relationship between two seminal gospel/rock singers. Amazing singing, dramatic surprises.
Don't see it if A good script but not theatrically as complex as you may want. The depth is sacrificed for the number of songs. But it's worth it.
See it if You connect with the traumas and absurdities of parenthood. It is very funny and ultimately moving.
Don't see it if You're not a parent and you don't plan to be one.
See it if You like your laughs big, fast, simple, and clever. And if you love Christian Borle, who steals the show.
Don't see it if You're in the mood for something with meat and emotional connection.
See it if You want to see one of the seminal shows in Broadway history on the level of Oklahoma, West Side Story, Hair, and Sweeney Todd.
Don't see it if You're dead or brain-dead.
See it if you are interested in a gripping, insightful look into the the effects of war on the mind of a veteran, who happens to be a great performer.
Don't see it if (I think everyone ought to see this.)
See it if Inventive, immersive staging. Actors who can sing and play instruments with skill and flair.
Don't see it if For all its flash, the music is unmemorable and the lyrics are sometimes groan-worthy. Lotsofsyllablescrammedintobeatscangetweary.
See it if Packs most of the emotional punch of the novel; original score that combines jazz, gospel, pop; Cynthia Errivo is astonishingly good.
Don't see it if No reason to miss this.
See it if Theatrical, moving, sad. Essentially an emotional mystery set within an aging, declining mind, where audience and lead character merge.
Don't see it if You don't like working a bit to understand what's happening onstage.
See it if You are interested in an exploration of the workings of an autistic mind.
Don't see it if You read the book, which is much better.
See it if You want sheer uplift, entertainment, and performing skill.
Don't see it if You hate doo-wop singing or bio-musicals.
See it if You are looking for a moving family story with an original premise that will have you thinking and feeling with deep emotion.
Don't see it if You want an entertaining, diverting night of comedic fluff.
See it if You love Carole King's music, and you're fascinated by the songwriters of the '60s and '70s. Especially fun if you're a New Yorker.
Don't see it if You're looking for spectacle and flash.
See it if You enjoy phenomenal performances and an absorbing story with sympathetic characters.
Don't see it if You're looking for a night of laughs.