Already closed | 2h 30m | Chelsea

The Secret Life of Bees

From 179 member  reviews
Members say: Great singing, Absorbing, Entertaining, Relevant, Great acting

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. 


Member Reviews (179)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great singing, Absorbing, Entertaining, Relevant, Great acting
84
Avg Score

During previews
79
Great singing, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if You want to hear some amazing singing - especially some gorgeous a capella. Also see if you like the book or movie - story is well done

Don't see it if You're looking for a big Broadway production - this is still in its premiere stage. Very good though!

During previews
100
Great singing, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if It’s beautiful musical theater with a important story. Music is inspiring and original, a leap forward for Mr Sheik.

Don't see it if If you like corny and music out of a juke box. If you don’t like powerful women characters in the lead who can also sing

During previews
100
Spectacular music, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy théâtre that is timely, includes passionate performances,love fantastic music, and enjoy thought-provoking entertainment.

Don't see it if You have no heart

During previews
100
Great writing, Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You like beautiful stories beautifully told. This is a very moving show. Gorgeous score, brilliant lyrics, great performances.

Don't see it if You don’t like brilliant musicals.


June 13th, 2019
"The problem isn’t the added songs. The score, by Duncan Sheik and Susan Birkenhead, is in fact quite beautiful...What’s more, the songs are sung gorgeously by a cast that’s equally powerful in solo numbers and ensembles. The problem is what the songs are added to, and how much had to be cut to m...
read more
June 13th, 2019
"'The Secret Life of Bees' turns out to be all buzz and no sting...It leaves some of the city’s best voices without much to sing about...Their vocals are glorious but the show doesn’t seem to know what story it is telling, or how to tell it...One gets the sense that everyone involved is trying to...
read more
June 13th, 2019
"Musical theater brings out all that’s effective about 'The Secret Life of Bees' while dexterously downplaying its less convincing elements...It’s always heartening to encounter a production that truly feels like a fruitful collaboration and whose various team members are all joyfully pulling the...
read more
June 13th, 2019
"Some of the most gorgeous female-forward musical storytelling seen on a New York stage in some time...The show features a book by two-time Pulitzer winner Lynn Nottage, a warm, expansively melodic score by Duncan Sheik, descriptive lyrics by Broadway veteran Susan Birkenhead and sensitive direct...
read more

Related content


Cast & Creatives (5)