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 This show will take all the awards. It's the best you hope a play will be-leaving you educated, inspired & wanting to be better yourself!
Don't see it if You dislike new musicals. Otherwise, go! Creatively staged with a terrific cast & great original material/adaptation & Sam Gold's direction~
See it if You want to see some of the best of the best in musicals telling a lovely story. Has some chinks in act two, but I sense a transfer!
Don't see it if You find the topic of racism distasteful, especially when tackled in the context of previous time periods.
See it if You enjoy musicals with a strong plot. The singing is very strong.
Don't see it if you're looking for a light musical that avoids serious issues. Although it's based in the past, the racial issues are still true today.
See it if you want to enjoy some wonderful singing and a relatively loyal adaptation of a beloved book
Don't see it if you find insipid lyrics/elementary rhymes distracting—there are some smart lyrics about race happening elsewhere off-Broadway, but not here.
See it if You like Duncan Sheik's music (Spring Awakening, Alice by Heart). The vocal performances and acting are wonderful.
Don't see it if You want tunes you can hum and songs that serve the story. The book was wonderful but the music fell flat for me.
See it if You want to see a good and refreshing new musical, it has one of the best original scores I’ve ever heard and the cast is amazing
Don't see it if You don’t want to see anything about racial problem.
Also The book still need some polishing but it’s very potential.
See it if You liked the book or movie. Like the music of Duncan sheik. Are interested in stories revolving around civil rights
Don't see it if You dont like musicals. Want more of an elaborate set. Don't like stories with themes of race, religion or abuse
See it if You loved the book & the movie and the story moves you
Don't see it if I saw it in previews & it needs some work so don’t see it if You are looking for an experience as meaningful as the book or movie.
See it if See this if you love a gem in the making. The music is beautiful and the voices even better. The story is loving and the cast is super!!!
Don't see it if Don’t see it if you don’t like musicals. It isn’t as polished as it will be in the near future I hope.
See it if You enjoy a stage full of great singing voices (sometimes overwhelmed by loud orch). The score soars at times, seems like filler at others.
Don't see it if You expect a big musical production - you'll be met with a nearly bare stage and a ring of chairs.
See it if You like musicals, because this was right up there with some of the Broadway musicals. If you like stories with strong WOC as leads.
Don't see it if Racism and child abuse are central themes of the story and it is very uncomfortable to watch people being abused. If you are too sensitive,
See it if A fan of the book or movie, or the prior work of Lynn Nottage & Duncan Sheik. Like to experience new musicals in development. LaChanze!!!
Don't see it if Not in the mood for a more serious, issues-oriented story with themes of race relations, abuse, & violence.
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.
See it if You want to experience a refreshing & insightful coming of age story in a dark period of US history well directed, performed & great score.
Don't see it if If you like big splashy musicals, show stopping songs & lots of choreography. You don’t like dark, uncomfortable musical drama with depth.
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.