The musical involves a wedding which brings together the families who are quite, and comically, different.
Wedding bells are ringing and the families involved are none too happy about it. Rebecca Steinberg is about to marry the love of her life Brian Howard and while they see past their differing religions (she's Jewish, he's Catholic), yet Rebecca's overbearing mother Judy, the terrifying yet somehow lovable matriarch of the Steinberg clan and mother of the groom Georgette, a WASP who likes her cocktails, will stop at nothing to see the demise of their children's partnership.
Amidst hatching plans and coups, constant bickering and boiling tensions on the big day, it's up to the bride's cool-headed sister Jenny to keep things on an even keel. But when an old flame shows up unexpectedly, the maid of honour faces a crisis of her own…
It Shoulda Been You premiered at the George Street Playhouse, New Brunswick, New Jersey, on October 4, 2011 and closed on November 4. The musical was directed by David Hyde Pierce and starred Tyne Daly (Judy Steinberg), Lisa Howard (Jenny Steinberg) and Harriet Harris (Georgette Howard). The book and lyrics are by Brian Hargrove with music by Barbara Anselmi, and additional lyrics by Jill Abramovitz, Carla Rose Fisher, Michael Cooper, Ernie Lijoi and Will Randall.
The musical ran at the Village Theatre, Issaquah, Washington and Everett, Washington from March 14, 2012 to May 20. The musical previously had a reading at the Village Theatre's Festival of New Musicals in 2010. The talkinbroadway reviewer wrote that "Lyricist Hargrove and composer Anselmi have created a pleasant score, if not one that offers many tunes you'll be humming as you exit." He called the musical "highly entertaining."
The musical premiered on Broadway at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre with previews from March 17, 2015 with an official opening on April 14, 2015. The production was directed by David Hyde Pierce with choreography by Josh Rhodes, sets by Anna Louizos, costumes by William Ivey Long, and lighting by Ken Billington. The cast starred Tyne Daly, Sierra Boggess, Harriet Harris, Lisa Howard, David Burtka, Montego Glover, Chip Zien, Josh Grisetti, Adam Heller, Michael X. Martin, Anne L. Nathan, Nick Spangler and Edward Hibbert. The show closed August 9, 2015 after 31 previews and 135 regular performances. The original Broadway production was nominated for six Outer Critics Circle Awards, three Drama League Awards and three Drama Desk Awards.
"I Never Wanted This" – Jenny (lyrics by Michael Cooper)
"This Day (Opening)" – Jenny and Company
"Perfect" – Jenny and Rebecca (lyrics by Carla Rose Fisher)
"It Shoulda Been You" – Murray, Marty, Judy, Aunt Sheila and Uncle Morty (lyrics by Will Randall)
"Who" – Marty and Jenny
"Back in the Day" – George and Brian
"Nice" – Judy
"Albert's Turn" – Albert and Company
"Where Did I Go Wrong" – Georgette
"Beautiful" – Jenny (lyrics by Ernie Lijoi)
"A Perfect Ending" – Full Company
"Love You Till the Day" – Greg and Annie (lyrics by Ernie Lijoi)
"Jenny's Blues" – Jenny
"Whatever" – Marty
"A Little Bit Less Than" – Rebecca
"What They Never Tell You" – Judy (lyrics by Jill Abramovitz)
"Perfect/Whatever (Reprise)" – Marty and Jenny
"That's Family" – Judy, Georgette, Murray and George
"Finale" – Full Company
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It Shoulda Been You (2015-04-Brooks Atkinson Theatre-Broadway)Type de série: Original
Théâtre: Brooks Atkinson Theatre (Broadway - Etats-Unis) Durée : 3 mois 3 semaines Nombre : Première Preview : mardi 17 mars 2015Première : mardi 14 avril 2015Dernière : dimanche 09 août 2015Mise en scène : David Hyde Pierce • Chorégraphie : Producteur : Avec : Tyne Daly (Judy), David Burtka (Brian), Harriet Harris (Georgette), Sierra Boggess (Rebecca), Lisa Howard (Jenny), Montego Glover (Annie), Chip Zien (Murray), Josh Grisetti (Marty), Michael X. Martin (George), Anne L. Nathan (Aunt Sheila), Nick Spangler (Greg), and Edward Hibbert (Albert), with Farah Alvin, Gina Farrell and Mitch GreenbergPresse : "It’s so aggressively bubbly it gives you the hiccups. Or do I mean acid reflux? In any case, it’s not easy to swallow." Ben Brantley for New York Times
"In the end, the show is a harmless diversion. But this is Broadway. 'It Shoulda Been You' shoulda been better." Joe Dziemianowicz for New York Daily News
"These talented, hard-working actors are a joy to watch, and almost make up for the drecky writing. Almost." Elisabeth Vincentelli for New York Post
"It is also very adeptly handled in both the writing and the performances, transforming standard sitcom fare into a rollicking farce with a heart-warming message." Roma Torre for NY1
"Though the cake is stale, they decorate it well. It shoulda been better but it coulda been worse." Adam Feldman for Time Out New York
"Even if you see many of the jokes coming a long way off, the sheer talent on display in "It Shoulda Been You" is worth snagging an invitation to this comically inventive wedding." Jennifer Farrar for The Associated Press
"It’s the sort of show that practically redefines the term 'guilty pleasure." Frank Scheck for The Hollywood Reporter
"With impeccable instincts for finding their laughs, Hyde Pierce and his terrific ensemble players make this hokum seem terribly funny." Marilyn Stasio for Variety
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