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It Shoulda Been You

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Closed August 9, 2015

"This new musical, this Broadway season's freshest and funniest to date, defies skepticism, both in its wacky humor and its big, buoyant heart."

USA Today

Why See It Shoulda Been You?

A musical for anyone with Parents

Directed by four-time Emmy and Tony Award-winner David Hyde Pierce and marking the Broadway debut of composer Barbara Anselmi, this riotous musical comedy first premiered in 2011 at the George Street Playhouse to rave reviews. Now it has its chance to shine once again on the Great White Way, with seasoned actress Tyne Daly in tow!

Set amidst the bubbling tensions of two warring families on what should be the happiest day of a bride and groom's life, It Shoulda Been You sees Hyde Pierce stepping into the role of Director for the first time, a happy accident that has turned out to be a bold triumph in his long and illustrious entertainment career. Under his guidance, expertly timed gags and farcical staging blossoms into a laugh-a-minute roller coaster that anyone can relate to - it's all relative...

Here comes the bride: What is It Shoulda been you about?

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...

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Previews from: 17 March 2015

Opening night: 14 April 2015

Run time

One hour and 45 minutes with no intermission

Cast and Creative


Tyne Daly
Harriet Harris
Sierra Boggess
Lisa Howard
Montego Glover
Chip Zien
Josh Grisetti
David Burtka
Edward Hibbert


Book and Lyrics by Brian Hargrove

Music by Barbara Anselmi

Additional Lyrics by Jill Abramovitz, Carla Rose Fisher, Michael Cooper, Ernie Lijoi, and Will Randall

Based on a concept by Barbara Anselmi

Directed by David Hyde Pierce


2015 Drama Desk Nominations

Outstanding Actress in a Musical - Lisa Howard

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical - Josh Grisetti

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical - Tyne Daly

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