Brooks Atkinson Theatre, (4/14/2015 - 8/09/2015)

First Preview: Mar 17, 2015
Opening Date: Apr 14, 2015
Closing Date: Aug 09, 2015
Total Previews: 31
Total Performances: 135

Category: Musical, Comedy, Original, Broadway

Opening Night Production Staff

Theatre Owned / Operated by The Nederlander Organization (James M. Nederlander: Chairman; James L. Nederlander: President)

Produced by Daryl Roth, Scott Landis, Jane Bergère, Jayne Baron Sherman, Patty Baker, Broadway Across America, Clear Channel Spectacolor, Gloken LLC, James L. Nederlander, John O'Boyle, Judith Ann Abrams/Jacki Barlia Florin, Old Campus Productions/Ready to Play and Sara Beth Zivitz/Passero Productions

World Premiere production produced in September 2011 by George Street Playhouse (David Saint, Artistic Director); Production further developed and produced by Village Theatre (Robb Hunt, Executive Producer; Steve Tomkins, Artistic Director); Presented in 2009 by National Alliance for Musical Theatre Festival of New Musicals

Book by Brian Hargrove; Lyrics by Brian Hargrove; Music by Barbara Anselmi; Concept by Barbara Anselmi; Musical Director: Lawrence Yurman; Music Arrangements: Lawrence Yurman; Music orchestrated by Doug Besterman

Directed by David Hyde Pierce; Associate Director: Shelley Butler; Choreographed by Josh Rhodes; Associate Choreographer: Lee A. Wilkins

Scenic Design by Anna Louizos; Costume Design by William Ivey Long; Lighting Design by Ken Billington; Sound Design by Nevin Steinberg; Hair Design by Paul Huntley; Make-Up Design by Anne Ford-Coates; Associate Scenic Design: Adam Karavatakis; Associate Costume Design: David Kaley; Associate Lighting Design: John Demous; Associate Sound Design: Jason Crystal; Associate Hair and Wig Design: Giovanna Calabretta; Moving Light Programmer: Marc Polimeni

General Manager: Foresight Theatrical and Allan Williams; Company Manager: Thom Clay

Technical Supervision: Juniper Street Productions; Production Stage Manager: Bess Marie Glorioso; Stage Manager: Ana M. Garcia

Orchestra Coordinator: John Miller; Musical Coordinator: John Miller; Conducted by Lawrence Yurman; Associate Conductor: Paul Masse; Reeds: Tom Murray and Rick Heckman; Trombone/Bass Trombone: Dan Levine; Violin/Concert Mistress: Cenovia Cummins; Cello: Vivian Israel; Bass: Steve Millhouse; Drums/Percussion: Jared Schonig; Keyboards: Lawrence Yurman and Paul Masse; Music Preparation: Anixter Rice Music Service; Keyboard Programmer: Randy Cohen; Associate Keyboard Programmer: Tim Crook, Jeremy King and Taylor Williams

Dance Captain: Farah Alvin; Press Representative: O&M Co.; Casting: Jay Binder, CSA, Tara Rubin, C.S.A. and Merri Sugarman, CSA; Marketing: Type A Marketing; Advertising: Serino Coyne; Photographer: Joan Marcus

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Opening Night Cast

Sierra BoggessRebecca Steinberg
Tyne DalyJudy Steinberg
Harriet HarrisGeorgette Howard
Lisa HowardJenny Steinberg
David BurtkaBrian Howard
Montego GloverAnnie Shepard
Josh GrisettiMarty Kaufman
Adam HellerWalt
Uncle Morty
Edward HibbertAlbert
Michael X. MartinGeorge Howard
Anne L. NathanAunt Sheila
Nick SpanglerGreg Madison
Chip ZienMurray Steinberg

Standby: Farah Alvin (Annie Shepard, Aunt Sheila, Jenny Steinberg), Gina Ferrall (Aunt Sheila, Georgette Howard, Judy Steinberg), Aaron C. Finley (Brian Howard, Greg Madison, Marty Kaufman), Mitch Greenberg (Albert, George Howard, Murray Steinberg, Uncle Morty), Jillian Louis (Annie Shepard, Rebecca Steinberg), Anne L. Nathan (Judy Steinberg) and Nick Spangler (Brian Howard, Marty Kaufman)

Awards and Nominations

Drama Desk Award

 2015 Outstanding Actress in a Musical [nominee] 

Lisa Howard

 2015 Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical [nominee] 

Josh Grisetti

 2015 Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical [nominee] 

Tyne Daly


music by Barbara Anselmi; lyrics by Brian Hargrove
(Unless otherwise noted)

I Never Wanted ThisJenny
This Day (Opening)Jenny and Company
(lyrics by Brian Hargrove and Carla Rose Fisher)
Jenny and Rebecca
It Shoulda Been You
(lyrics by Brian Hargrove and Will Randall)
Murray, Marty, Judy, Aunt Sheila and Uncle Morty
WhoMarty and Jenny
Back in the DayGeorge and Brian
Albert's TurnAlbert and Company
Where Did I Go WrongGeorgette
(lyrics by Brian Hargrove and Ernie Lijoi)
A Perfect EndingFull Company
Love You Till the Day
(lyrics by Brian Hargrove and Ernie Lijoi)
Greg and Annie
Jenny's BluesJenny
A Little Bit Less ThanRebecca
What They Never Tell You
(lyrics by Brian Hargrove and Jill Abramovitz)
Perfect/Whatever (Reprise) Marty and Jenny
That's FamilyJudy, Georgette, Murray and George
FinaleFull Company


AP: "'It Shoulda Been You' Is Inventive Satire of Weddings"

A good wedding might offer touching moments, tension, humor and perhaps some surprising revelations. All that and more is provided by the new musical "It Shoulda Been You," a frequently funny satire of wedding mishaps. It's smartly staged like an extended sitcom by David Hyde Pierce, making his Broadway directorial debut.

The irreverent comedy, which opened Tuesday night at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, is about two sets of parents from different backgrounds coming together to celebrate — unless they can destroy it first —  a wedding between their children.

Brian Hargrove's book and lyrics have moments of both wit and poignancy, as well as the occasional vulgarity and a sometimes contrived set of surprises. Barbara Anselmi, who also conceived the show, provides tuneful, sprightly music which creates an air of gaiety as the carefully planned Big Day unspools into farcical chaos. Along the way, everyone must deal with the pressure of expectations, disappointments and strained family dynamics.

An excellent cast transcends the sometimes predictable material. Tony- and Emmy Award-winner Tyne Daly is fiercely funny as Judy Steinberg, the outspoken, acerbic Jewish mother of the bride. She is well-matched against Tony-winner Harriet Harris, wickedly comedic as Waspy (in every sense) Georgette, the bitchy, alcoholic mother of the groom, whose barely-repressed anti-Semitism creates some of the bigotry that's foiled with tart humor throughout the musical.

The story centers on Jenny, the taken-for-granted older sister of the bride who is ceaselessly needled by her mother. Lisa Howard gives a brave, poignant performance as a plus-size, single woman who is quietly resentful of always being treated as a hopeless failure. She pours her heart out in the wistful song "Beautiful" and the audience is truly rooting for her by the time she belts out a soulful anthem, "Jenny's Blues."

Meanwhile, Sierra Boggess is sweetly nervous as bride-to-be Rebecca, who's hiding a pretty big secret which eventually halts the wedding reception. Boggess' sparkling musical talent is underutilized; she sings a touching duet with Howard called "Perfect" and, late in the show, a lovely ballad about honesty and fear, "A Little Bit Less Than."

Josh Grisetti is accomplished and zestful as Marty, Rebecca's nerdy ex-boyfriend, who bursts delightfully into the action and crashes the wedding preparations upon realizing she's about to get married. The title song is sung ruefully to Marty by Rebecca's parents, who really wanted their daughter to marry a nice Jewish boy.

The show has a brash, non-stop pace, and is nicely set on two floors of an elegant hotel, with plenty of doors to facilitate farcical running around. Edward Hibbert impishly portrays an omnipotent, seen-it-all wedding planner, who oozes delight when things go awry and he has to save the day yet again. As he happily warbles in "Albert's Turn," he's a "nuptial Houdini/conjuring in-laws and panini."

As trust-fund groom Brian, David Burtka is a bit bland, although game as Brian reluctantly navigates a soft-shoe number with his stereotypically cold, controlling father (played by Michael X. Martin). In pointed contrast, Chip Zien is warm and menschy as Murray Steinberg, father of Jenny and the bride. Broadway talents Montego Glover and Nick Spangler are also underutilized musically; as the best friends of the happy couple, they eventually share a rousing duet on the ironic wedding-reception song, "Love You Till the Day."

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.


New York Daily News: "'It Shoulda Been You' review: David Hyde Pierce directs Tyne Daly, Harriet Harris, David Burtka in wedding musical"

Something old.

Something new.

Loved Tyne Daly.

Rest is goo.

That’s all you need to know about “It Shoulda Been You,” a slight musical comedy about a wacky wedding that’s small in size but big in cliches.

Fortunately, David Hyde Pierce, in his Broadway debut as a director, cast the show with a couple of one-of-a-kind stars who help make up for their run-of-the-mill characters.

Most invaluably, Daly is a nasty hoot as the hard-driving Jewish mother of the bride. Harriet Harris is another source of laughing gas as the hard-driving country-club mother of the groom.

The script by Brian Hargrove, a sitcom writer married to Pierce, serves some tart zingers. But his lyrics, written with no fewer than five others, are ho-hum. Music by Barbara Anselmi, who conceived the show, is pleasant lite pop. Most songs just express passing thoughts and are vaporous.

Structurally the show is a switcheroosical — one reverse after another. It begins as the veil-wearing Jenny (an appealing Lisa Howard) sings “I Never Wanted This.” Her mother (Daly) barges in and reminds her that her younger, slimmer sister Rebecca (Sierra Boggess, mostly wasted) is the one tying the knot.

Another reversal comes during a duet with her groom, Brian (David Burtka), and his dad, George (Michael X. Martin). Their soft-shoe number goes from happy bonding to ulterior motive. The big curveball comes post-wedding and turns a show about nutty nuptials into a message musical about acceptance. It all feels a bit forced.

Pierce, who won an Emmy on “Frasier,” knows from funny, so he moves things briskly on the two-tiered hotel set. And everyone in the cast gets a moment in the spotlight.

In the end, the show is a harmless diversion. But this is Broadway. “It Shoulda Been You” shoulda been better.

New York Daily News

Replacement/Transfer Info

The following people are credited as replacements or additions if they were not credited on opening night.

Brooks Atkinson Theatre

(4/14/2015 - 8/9/2015)


Aaron C. Finley
Brian Howard (circa. Jul 2015 - Aug 9, 2015)

Standbys: Matthew Hydzik.

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