David Hyde Pierce Hopes New Musical It Shoulda Been You Will Play Broadway

By Andrew Gans
February 18, 2014

Tony and Emmy winner David Hyde Pierce, who recently helmed the West Coast debut of Christopher Durang's Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike, hopes another show he directed, the new musical It Shoulda Been You, will make it to Broadway.



The acclaimed actor told the Hollywood Reporter that It Shoulda Been You, which he directed at the George Street Playhouse in October 2011, will arrive on Broadway in the upcoming season or early in 2015.

The George Street cast featured Lisa Howard as Jenny Steinberg, Tom Deckman as Walt/Uncle Morty, Mylinda Hull as Mildred/Aunt Sheila, Tony winner Tyne Daly as Judy Steinberg, Richard Kline as Murray Steinberg, Jessica Hershberg as Rebecca Steinberg, Matthew Hydzik as Brian Howard, Curtis Holbrook as Greg Madison, Carla Duren as Annie Sheps, Edward Hibbert as Albert, Tony winner Harriet Harris as Georgette Howard, Howard McGillin as George Howard and David Josefsberg as Marty Kaufman.

The new musical, based on a concept by Barbara Anselmi, 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.

It Shoulda Been You is billed as "a musical comedy for anyone with parents. The bride (played by Ms. Hershberg) is Jewish. The groom (played by Mr. Hydzik) is Catholic. Her mother (played by Ms. Daly) is a force of nature, his mother (played by Ms. Harris) is a tempest in a cocktail shaker. And when the bride’s ex-boyfriend (played by Mr. Josefsberg) shows up, the perfect wedding starts to unravel faster than you can whistle 'Here Comes the Bride!' Plots are hatched, pacts are made, secrets exposed — and the sister of the bride (played by Ms. Howard) is left to turn a tangled mess into happily ever after! Thrust in the middle of the marital mishegas is Albert, the wedding planner (played by Mr. Hibbert). Mr. Kline will portray the bride’s father Murray, and Mr. McGillin will portray the groom’s playing opposite Ms. Daly and Ms. Harris, respectively."

The creative team at George Street also included choreographer Noah Racey, music director Greg Anthony, three-time Tony Award-winning orchestrator Douglas Besterman, scenic designer Anna Louizos, five-time Tony Award-winning costume designer William Ivey Long, lighting designer Ken Billington, wig and hair designer Paul Huntley, production stage manager Thomas Clewell, and sound designer Acme Sound Partners.