The Verdict: Read Reviews for New Musical It Shoulda Been You On Broadway

The Verdict   The Verdict: Read Reviews for New Musical It Shoulda Been You On Broadway
 
It Shoulda Been You, the new musical comedy about a wedding gone awry starring Tyne Daly, Harriet Harris, David Burtka and Sierra Boggess, officially opened on Broadway April 14.
Lisa Howard and Tyne Daly in <i>It Shoulda Been You</i>
Lisa Howard and Tyne Daly in It Shoulda Been You Photo by Joan Marcus

Conceived by Barbara Anselmi, It Shoulda Been You has book and lyrics by Brian Hargrove, with music by Anselmi and additional lyrics by Jill Abramovitz, Carla Rose Fisher, Michael Cooper, Ernie Lijoi and Will Randall. Previews began March 17.

Tony and Emmy winner David Hyde Pierce (Curtains, "Frasier") makes his Broadway directorial debut with the production. He also staged its 2011 George Street Playhouse premiere.

The production stars Tony Award winners Daly (Mothers and Sons, Gypsy) and Harris (Thoroughly Modern Millie), as well as Burtka (Gypsy), Boggess (The Phantom of the Opera), Lisa Howard (Priscilla Queen of the Desert), Edward Hibbert (Curtains), Montego Glover (Memphis), Josh Grisetti (Peter and the Starcatcher), Michael X. Martin (The Bridges of Madison County), Anne L. Nathan (Once), Nick Spangler (Book of Mormon) and Chip Zien (Into the Woods).

Here's what critics have to say. We will continue to update as the reviews come in.

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According to the creators, "In the hilarious and heartwarming new musical It Shoulda Been You, it’s a culture clash for the ages when two families from wildly different backgrounds come together to celebrate a wedding.  As if the union wasn’t complicated enough, the bride’s ex-boyfriend arrives, bringing the wedding to a screeching halt and throwing both families into hysterical chaos. Plots are hatched, promises broken, secrets exposed – and the bride’s resourceful sister is left to turn an unmitigated disaster into happily ever after. It Shoulda Been You puts a refreshingly modern spin on the traditional wedding comedy, proving that when it comes to wedding day insanity, it’s all relative."

Read: Fistfights and Falling Down, Too Many Drinks and Not Enough Money: The Cast of It Shoulda Been You Shares Stories of Wedding Disasters

 

The creative team includes Anna Louizos (set design), William Ivey Long (costume design), Ken Billington (lighting design) and Nevin Steinberg (sound design).

The musical is 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, and Judith Ann Abrams/Jacki Barlia Florin.

 

Tickets are on sale at Ticketmaster.com or by phoning (800) 653-8000. The Brooks Atkinson Theatre is located at 256 West 47th Street.


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