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 loved the book, remember what the civil rights movement was about, believe in the power of love.
Don't see it if you can't accept a Black Madonna or don't recognize that some folks struggle and yet find a way to overcome
See it if You like Duncan Sheik musicals. You love the book/movie of this material. You love LaChanze and something that feels new and refreshed.
Don't see it if You do not like shows that deal with racism and child abuse. You are looking for a happy, snappy musical.
See it if You want to see some of the best voices you’ll ever see on the stage singing together, you don’t mind mostly boring songs and cheesy lyrics
Don't see it if You expect a clear story sans cliches. This talent feels wasted on this show. I enjoyed the singing tremendously, in spite of the material.
See it if you like good music and lyrics, a plot that grapples with the terrible cost of Jim Crow, and a story that features strong supportive women.
Don't see it if you don't want a show that leaves you feeling sad despite an attempt at an upbeat ending.
See it if You enjoy watching an incredibly intimate and moving piece of theater, that may not always give you what you want, will give what you need.
Don't see it if You’re looking for a more escapist piece of art with a high production value that will not challenge your views
See it if You like amazing big, bold singing voices, intelligent writing, & a different way to look at human issues. This show had me within minutes.
Don't see it if You you don’t like musicals or intelligent theatre.
See it if Loved it all: incredible score, beautifully sung and acted. Terrific ensemble in a gripping story.
Don't see it if It's among Duncan Sheik's best songwriting, but not everyone is going to love the score. And it's a heavy story, but one well told.
See it if You love a great, soulful, story of racial angst amidst the backdrop of the sixties. Wonderful original score. Singing is as good as it gets
Don't see it if Can't think of a single reason not to see It. Outstanding.
Also LaChance as August, is a knockout.
See it if Let me start off by saying, I hope it makes it way to Broadway. Read the book and saw the movie. Was not disappointed with performance.
Don't see it if It is no longing showing at the Atlantic Theater, but maybe it will find a home on Broadway.
See it if You love seeing an opportunity for highly talented actors of color to shine! You like innovative staging and attention to detail.
Don't see it if You’re not interested in a nuanced send-up of racial politics in the South.
See it if you are fans of Lynn Nottage, you like musicals, are interested in civil rights themes.
Don't see it if you want a happy play, want tight drama.
See it if You enjoy the classic tale of secret love of bees with the added beauty of spirituals and movements that set your spirit alight
Don't see it if You are unprepared to witness the violence of abusive relationships and race relations in America.
See it if you are interested in innovative musicals.
Don't see it if plot matters to you even in musicals: Outlandish story elements & the presence of a religious cult might make this hard for you to relate to
See it if Powerful performances. Powerful music. Women shine. LaCHANCE is a super star. Elizabeth Teeter is another young future super star. ALSO
Don't see it if This may be the first musical since Spring Awakening for the Atlantic.. WE need more of the same. More seats may be needed as well.
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
See it if From popular source material. Like "Spring Awakening" with its depiction of inhumanity toward women, a duo set out to right their wrongs.
Don't see it if Determined to blast its way through the comfortable Atlantic and transfer into a Broadway house,the bombast of the orchestra is unwelcoming.
Also The strong female bond of five is worth the folk-rootsy ride.
See it if You’re looking for an original family musical (even if it’s a movie adaptation) with a magnificent score sung by an incredible ensemble.
Don't see it if You’d dislike a black story (with a white lead) that has “Hollywood” stamped all over it so that it’s palatable for white audiences.
See it if enjoy strong performances, voices, music, lyrics, musicians; musicals that make you feel something; multiple character arcs by story's end.
Don't see it if you're not interested in emotional themes, strong women, spirituality & friendship; don't like minimal sets or intimate settings.
See it if you enjoy thought-provoking musicals set in a dark time of American history. You enjoy stories about strong women.
Don't see it if you expect a musical to be light and frothy. This is serious and intelligent.