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See it if you have at least a cursory knowledge of Harry Potter books/movies, and you like innovative staging and effects. It’s an emotional story.
Don't see it if you have no knowledge of Harry Potter at all or want a play to be quiet and reserved.
See it if you want to explore haunting dark themes within the original show and songs, like interesting orchestrations, and like intimate theaters.
Don't see it if you want a carbon copy of the traditional productions or movie, grand sets and big chorus choreography. This is not your mother’s Oklahoma.
See it if you enjoy hat tips to great broadway shows, can laugh a little at midwest and broadway characters, and love a big brassy musical.
Don't see it if you're easily offended by LGBTQ subject matter.
See it if you're a fan of Fierstein’s wit, humor, and soul searching truths of the 70s/80s experience as a gay man. You’ll laugh and cry.
Don't see it if you’re disapproving of the LGBTQ scene and don’t like a bit of raunch.
See it if you enjoy intimate shows, with earnest dialogue and appreciate the small ways people can impact our lives.
Don't see it if you prefer a lot of characters (basically only 2 actors onstage at a time), multiple locations/sets, or a lot of action.
See it if you’re even slightly interested in the history of alcohol told through fun facts, enjoy catchy a cappella songs, and like to drink.
Don't see it if you need an overarching storyline or dancing, or don’t like the performers to be in close quarters with the audience.
See it if you can appreciate a humorous examination of the Mormon missionary system, and it’s implications. A truly amusing musical.
Don't see it if profanity and somewhat crude jokes offend you.
See it if you love exquisite choreography (ballet) and an all-star cast, both leads and supporting.
Don't see it if you mind a slow pace and long view of a relationship. The historical context shows its age.
See it if you enjoy 1 person shows & want to learn more about evolutionary psychology and rap music. Like a ted talk with impressive raps and visuals.
Don't see it if you’re wary of evolutionary psychology (the criticisms of the field were only addressed in an audience Q&A at the end) or don’t like rap.
See it if you love Carole King's work, like compilation/revue musicals, or want a light, feel good musical.
Don't see it if you want big dance numbers or the songs to be incorporated/part of the plot.
See it if you love Cole Porter musicals, you appreciate small tweaks to bring a classic musical up-to-date, and you enjoy the main cast.
Don't see it if you need a lot of rousing company dance numbers to keep you amused or if you don't like Taming of the Shrew (the play within the play).
See it if a snapshot of recent history and all it’s nuanced racial tensions interests you.
Don't see it if you expect big historical names as characters. These are ordinary people - situations that played out in thousands of ways across America.
See it if you love Bette Midler! She’s wildly funny and perfect. Features a beautiful set, lush colorful costumes, and spot on dancing and acting.
Don't see it if Historical shows are not your cup of tea. The structure and plot are expected.
See it if you like percussion, colors, and quirky vignettes. Some audience participation.
Don't see it if you need words to be entertained, or are easily startled.
See it if the song style appeals to you. It’s haunting and earnest, not a typical happy go lucky musical.
Don't see it if you expect large choreographed numbers or hate tension in your subject matter.
See it if you love your social commentary via puppets, want to reminisce about starting out in NYC young and broke, and want to laugh.
Don't see it if you don’t like a little raunchy puppets or cursing, or want your musicals full of big choreography numbers.