Based on the best-selling novel by Sue Monk Kidd, Atlantic's world premiere musical comes from the creative team that brought you "Sweat," "Spring Awakening," "Working," and "Fun Home." More…
South Carolina, 1964. Lily Owens, a restless white teenager, struggles with her merciless father and the haunting memory of her mother’s death. When Rosaleen, her black caregiver, is beaten and jailed for asserting her right to vote, Lily’s rebellious spirit is ignited. She and Rosaleen escape on an adventure where they are taken in by a trio of black beekeeping sisters. While Lily tries to unlock the secrets of her past, she and Rosaleen find solace in the mesmerizing world of bees and spirituality in this extraordinary tale of awakening, fellowship, and healing.
See it if you like dark subj matter musicals. Here, trauma pervades, altho moments of joy. Talented cast belts out gd songs (music/lyrics). Barebones.
Don't see it if you need a big prodn or dislike civil rts. Or you dislike idol worship of Mary statue, drenched in honey. Or you dislike heavy mic'ing.
See it if You want to see a talented cast perform at a high level in a new show. Music was beautiful and varied. Staging simple yet effective.
Don't see it if You prefer elaborate musicals.
See it if You want a show that has god acting with nice singing. Costumes were terrific. If you like smaller staged productions.
Don't see it if If you want a consistent, good book. If you would rather see a bigger production with a really great songs.
See it if Powerful harmonic driving vocals with original soul, R&B, and rock/pop tunes. Large onstage band. Melodramatic civil rights story.
Don't see it if You want the story to be more believable. I guess we can assume the Virgin Mary statue dripping with honey came to the rescue.
See it if u want to see the powerhouse team of Sheik, Nottage, Gold & LaChanze turn Kidd's novel into a disarming, feel-good (!) Civil Rights musical.
Don't see it if you expect the heft, depth & gravitas that the subject matter would suggest; u don't fancy a sugar-coated, honey-sweet musical about racism.
See it if Ravishing score by Sheik & Birkenhead dominates this cult novel adapt Gold's simple direction & lush production values enhance gifted cast
Don't see it if It's Nottage's adapt that deflates the musical After a slow exposition, a fragmentation settles in w/drama bouncing in different directions
See it if ethereal evocation of utopian cult of black women beekeepers; hypnotic music performed by troupe of super-talented singers
Don't see it if meh fairy tale: "magic negroes" come 2 aid of white girl fleeing abusive father; civil rts incidents add little; songs need more variety
See it if you’re interested in a poignant show about race, or are looking for a good cry or to have your spirit lifted. The performances are great!
Don't see it if you’re looking for escapist entertainment; you’d rather watch something light that doesn’t remind you of our country’s recent dark history.
See it if Excellent singing. The acting was good. I loved the costumes. Some of the dresses were made in such beautiful fabrics.
Don't see it if You don’t like barebones musicals. Story hard to follow if you hadn’t read the book. Or you could follow it, but you’d be missing a lot!
See it if You want to see a great musical rendition of the bestseller about the summer of 1964 in 2 small towns in South Carolina. Civil rights theme.
Don't see it if You expect an elaborate musical with lots of choreography. All musicians are interwoven onstage. Heavy civil rights abuses are upsetting.
See it if you want a show that has incredible talent but also has something very important to say.Sometimes we forget how recent segregation was.
Don't see it if you ... I can't think of a reason NOT to see it.It is a tad too long. I would cut a bit off of each song. But that's my only criticism. Go!
See it if you want to experience a really great night of theater. The cast is terrific and the score is strong.
Don't see it if you hate musical theater?
See it if a fan of Susan Monk Kidd’s novel or works that contain a spiritual element; you prefer gorgeous singing accompanied by simply-done staging.
Don't see it if you're expecting a very deep interpretation of Kidd’s work, uninterested in Southern racial and spiritual tales, or need flashiness.
See it if A hive of intelligent, giving Black women heals an abused white girl. The Queen Bee's (LaChanze) singing is healing for audience, too. ❤️
Don't see it if 2001 novel didn't age well: Magical Negro/Black girl magic saves white girl protagonist, The Help-ish, she Huck Finns her Black servant.
See it if A powerful musical about love, domestic abuse, racial injustice, and spirituality. Wonderful book, great lyrics and melodies. Cast excels.
Don't see it if Scenes of abuse, racial prejudice, are difficult for you to watch.
See it if you want to see another wonderful show by the incredible Lynn Nottage, It is wise, powerful, though-provoking, Great music & singing, too!
Don't see it if Can't think of any reason not to see it!
See it if new black theater stories interest you.
Don't see it if you thought you were coming to see a new musical because what you are getting is a PLAY with some really forgettable Duncan Sheik music
See it if You want to see a musical that is both dark and light. You want to hear and see some beautiful music played by a fantastic band.
Don't see it if You have a low tolerance for plays and musicals that tend to telegraph the punch, this one goes where you think it does.
See it if You love Lynn Nottage, Duncan Sheik, the novel, or LaChanze. It’s an excellent production. Nottage’s book was spectacular, Sheik’s score ok.
Don't see it if You’re looking for the book and score to come together into something mesmerizing. Very watchable—my husband was crying at the end.
See it if you want to see an incredible production that pulls at your heart strings and has an incredible score. The cast is superb. A MUST SEE!!!
Don't see it if you not want to go through the emotions of a show about the civil rights movement.
See it if you like a good story with superb vocal talent, good songs, and excellent on stage musicians
Don't see it if you are upset by prejudices involving black/white relationships that still exist in certain areas of the country;
See it if you want to see a well-put-together musical of this scale with a terrific cast and hear the best Duncan Sheik score since Spring Awakening.
Don't see it if you can't tolerate another civil rights narrative centered on the journey of a white protagonist.
See it if you want to see a well-acted interpretation of a highly regarded piece of literature.
Don't see it if you want a more action-driven or elaborately staged musical. This is a fairly simply - yet beautifully - staged production.
See it if You want a wonderful experience, for fantastic singing & creative but not exact retelling of the Secret Life of Bees & to see LaCHANZE
Don't see it if You are only looking for a challenging treatment of race with commentary on current racial politics - Lynn Nottage keeps it relatively light