The production was met with a mixed critical response, but did have its share of enthusiastic fans. It opened on Broadway April 14 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Previews began March 17. Read reviews here.
When it closes, it will have played 31 preview performances and 135 regular performances. The production did not receive any Tony Award nominations, but featured actress Lisa Howard delivered a stand-out performance of the song "Jenny's Blues" during the June 7 Tony telecast.
"At a moment in which the Supreme Court has made a historic decision to extend the right to marry to each and every citizen, the message of love and acceptance at the core of It Shoulda Been You feels particularly resonant," said producer Daryl Roth. "We are so proud to have been able to share this story, along with love and laughter, and we look forward to spreading it across the country with future productions. We are grateful to our amazing company and our appreciative Broadway audiences."
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. 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).
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."
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.