New York | In Previews: Opens Jun 13

The Secret Life of Bees

From 16 member reviews
Members say: Great singing, Relevant, Absorbing, Ambitious, Entertaining

About the show

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. 

“The Secret Life of Bees” hasn't been reviewed by any Critics (yet!)

During previews
Emotional, Relevant, Must see, Great singing, Absorbing

See it if You want to see Broadway caliber talent in a more intimate setting. This is the evolution of Duncan Sheik's music.

Don't see it if You're uncomfortable with civil rights matters or want something lighthearted.

During previews
Great writing, Great singing, Absorbing

See it if If you read the book or not. It’s a thoughtful, accessible, well put together show. All great: acting, singing, writing, sound, sets, bees!

Don't see it if You don’t like shows with strong women leads.

During previews
Great cast, Great music, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if The music, orchestrations and singing are very impressive. A treat to see in an intimate venue. Strong Female Characters!

Don't see it if You dislike shows with minimal sets

During previews
Terrific music. terrific voices. good story.

See it if You love musicals with really good music!

Don't see it if You don't like new musicals.

During previews
Thought-provoking, Sweet story, Great singing, Great music

See it if Music is really good and the singing is also. Sweet engaging story. Sets are simple but very creative. Big orchestra for off Broadway.

Don't see it if you prefer edgier stories.

During previews
Relevant, Refreshing, Great singing, Delightful

See it if Beautiful story, great adaptation, wonderful score.

Don't see it if There’s no reason not to see this. It’s still in previews, a bit rough, but nothing that can’t be fixed.

During previews
Well intentioned and relevant

See it if A new musical set in Civil Rights era South. Appealing younger cast members, excellent LaChanze & company. Energetic music & dance on stage.

Don't see it if Based on the movie and Color Purple-ish in its dramatic arc. Music and lyrics are earnest but mostly generic.

During previews
Ambitious, Quirky, Confusing, Great staging, Great singing

See it if you're a fan of the Sue Monk Kidd book, admire LaChanze & the cast, like new musicals with folk/roots score, enjoy uplift with some suspense

Don't see it if not a fan of musicals, don't enjoy shows with minimal sets, don't like folk-rock music or shows about racial tensions & abuse

During previews
Enchanting, Slow, Great singing, Ambitious

See it if You want to see a very good example of how to adapt a rich source material into a faithful adaptation.

Don't see it if The musical kept feeling like it was holding it's breath but never letting go - the moments that should have taken us away didn't happen.

Also I think my main issue with this adaptation was that the enchanting but... Read more Read less

During previews
Good singing, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if You like to see what happens with a book that goes to film and then theater You like musicals with strong black voices

Don't see it if You want the play to follow the book You don’t like the ”musicalization” of dramas with a loud onstage orchestra

During previews
Score is just so-so, Very simple staging, Sound design needs work, Terrific performances

See it if You're a fan of the book and want to see how it plays as a musical; if you're a fan of LaChanze. She does great work here.

Don't see it if You're not up for an edgy musical showing unpleasant things; if you don't like depictions of violence onstage.

Also Many things make a play or musical satisfying, but one thing is the jo... Read more Read less

During previews
Energetic, loud, not the book

See it if like very loud, vibrant singing throughtout a play, whether it is warranted or not and if you like LaChanze. There is some lovely acting.

Don't see it if you want to see the story in the beloved book. This is very different. It still offers some touching moments, but there is a lot that is di

During previews
Ambitious, Great singing, Slow

See it if You welcome a tale of wrongs aimed at Blacks and White domestic abuse in the Southern Civil Rights Act era, with a bunch of well-sung songs.

Don't see it if You don’t want a relatively slow-moving story with some of the songs seeming to come out of nowhere and not really moving the story along.

Also Very hard to get a ticket. Not sure if it’s because of the quality of ... Read more Read less

During previews
Exquisite, Refreshing, Must see

See it if one of the best scores I've ever heard.i was moved by the story and the performances.could be the next band's visit which saw here too

Don't see it if You don't like Duncan Sheik's music .if big production values are important to you

During previews
Relevant, Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You love to be moved by theater. The content of the book together with the intelligent music and lyrics, create an experience that is moving

Don't see it if If you want camp and over the top performances - this is a subtle beautiful show. The cast is incredible - including young stars who amaze

During previews
Relevant, Great singing, Dated

See it if You love Duncan Sheik and Lynn Nottage's work. The music and singing here are beautiful, and LN's book gives life to these amazing women.

Don't see it if You don't like incredible ambitious empowered women of color risking all and sacrificing to support the story of a needy white person.

Cast & Creatives (5)