Presented by Equity’s Eastern Region Equal Employment Opportunity Committee, the award, according to press notes, "honors shows that exemplify and promote the union’s founding principles of diversity, inclusion and equal opportunity for all who work in the theatre."
Accepting the award on behalf of the It Shoulda Been You producers and creative team was producer Daryl Roth. Also in attendance were cast members Edward Hibbert and Jillian Louis, director David Hyde Pierce, composer Barbara Anselmi, co-lyricist and librettist Brian Hargrove, and the production’s stage management team: Bess Marie Glorioso, Katherine Shea and Melanie Morgan.
"We’re proud to acknowledge It Shoulda Been You with the 2015 Extraordinary Excellence in Diversity on Broadway Award for creating and casting a diverse array of characters that defy stereotypes,” said National EEO Committee Chair Christine Toy Johnson. “The production makes social issues such as marriage equality and self-acceptance in the face of pre-existing prejudices part of the mainstream dialogue of musical theatre.”
“It was the intention of Brian Hargrove, Barbara Anselmi and David Hyde Pierce to offer a modern twist on a conventional wedding,” said Roth. “The reception is not just a wedding party, it is warm embrace of acceptance, not just by others, but also accepting yourself. It isn’t just a wedding celebration; it’s a celebration of honoring differences.”
It Shoulda Been You opened on Broadway April 14, 2105, at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre and ended its run Aug. 9. Past recipients of the Extraordinary Excellence in Diversity on Broadway Award are 110 in the Shade and Les Misérables (2006-07), Billy Elliot (2008-09), American Idiot (2009-10), The Merchant of Venice (2010-11), A Streetcar Named Desire (2011-12), Cinderella and The Trip to Bountiful (2012-13) and If/Then (2013-14). The award was not presented in the 2007-08 season.