“It Shoulda Been You,” which premiered at the George Street Playhouse in NJ, is scheduled to start performances on Broadway March 17 with Tony Award winners Tyne Daly (“Gypsy”) and Harriet Harris (“Thoroughly Modern Millie”) as polar opposite mothers at a wedding from hell.
David Hyde Pierce directed the musical at GSP in New Brunswick in 2011 and continues at the helm. As an actor, Pierce earned a Tony for “Curtains” and four Emmy Awards for “Frasier.” Opening night is scheduled for April 14.
The NY Times reports reviews were mixed at GSP. Maybe. Don’t remember. I know I loved it. Laughed often and heartily (which my kids will tell is not normal), when I wasn’t being surprised by plot twists. Told my family and friends to catch it during its short run at the adventurous regional theater in central NJ (It’s currently staging the NJ premiere of “Outside Mullingar.” Rest of the season: “The Fabulous Lipitones,” “The Whipping Man,” “Buyer and Cellar,” and the 25th Anniversary production of “Six Degrees of Separation”).
With the kind of pedigreed cast and director it had, you knew the production had to be a Broadway wannabe. One interesting note … in the GSP presentation Daly played the mother of the Jewish bride and Harrison the mother of the Catholic groom. According to the NY Times, the Catholics are now Protestants.
The score is by Barbara Anselmi with the book and lyrics by Brian Hargrove, a television writer who is married to Pierce. Lead producers include Daryl Roth (“Kinky Boots”) and Scott Landis (“Nice Work If You Can Get It”).