The musical involves a wedding which brings together the families who are quite, and comically, different.
Wedding bells are ringing and the families involved are none too happy about it. Rebecca Steinberg is about to marry the love of her life Brian Howard and while they see past their differing religions (she's Jewish, he's Catholic), yet Rebecca's overbearing mother Judy, the terrifying yet somehow lovable matriarch of the Steinberg clan and mother of the groom Georgette, a WASP who likes her cocktails, will stop at nothing to see the demise of their children's partnership.Synopsis complet
Amidst hatching plans and coups, constant bickering and boiling tensions on the big day, it's up to the bride's cool-headed sister Jenny to keep things on an even keel. But when an old flame shows up unexpectedly, the maid of honour faces a crisis of her own…
Génèse du musical
It Shoulda Been You premiered at the George Street Playhouse, New Brunswick, New Jersey, on October 4, 2011 and closed on November 4. The musical was directed by David Hyde Pierce and starred Tyne Daly (Judy Steinberg), Lisa Howard (Jenny Steinberg) and Harriet Harris (Georgette Howard). The book and lyrics are by Brian Hargrove with music by Barbara Anselmi, and additional lyrics by Jill Abramovitz, Carla Rose Fisher, Michael Cooper, Ernie Lijoi and Will Randall.
The musical ran at the Village Theatre, Issaquah, Washington and Everett, Washington from March 14, 2012 to May 20. The musical previously had a reading at the Village Theatre's Festival of New Musicals in 2010. The talkinbroadway reviewer wrote that "Lyricist Hargrove and composer Anselmi have created a pleasant score, if not one that offers many tunes you'll be humming as you exit." He called the musical "highly entertaining."
The musical premiered on Broadway at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre with previews from March 17, 2015 with an official opening on April 14, 2015. The production was directed by David Hyde Pierce with choreography by Josh Rhodes, sets by Anna Louizos, costumes by William Ivey Long, and lighting by Ken Billington. The cast starred Tyne Daly, Sierra Boggess, Harriet Harris, Lisa Howard, David Burtka, Montego Glover, Chip Zien, Josh Grisetti, Adam Heller, Michael X. Martin, Anne L. Nathan, Nick Spangler and Edward Hibbert. The show closed August 9, 2015 after 31 previews and 135 regular performances. The original Broadway production was nominated for six Outer Critics Circle Awards, three Drama League Awards and three Drama Desk Awards.
Liste des chansons
"I Never Wanted This" – Jenny (lyrics by Michael Cooper)
"This Day (Opening)" – Jenny and Company
"Perfect" – Jenny and Rebecca (lyrics by Carla Rose Fisher)
"It Shoulda Been You" – Murray, Marty, Judy, Aunt Sheila and Uncle Morty (lyrics by Will Randall)
"Who" – Marty and Jenny
"Back in the Day" – George and Brian
"Nice" – Judy
"Albert's Turn" – Albert and Company
"Where Did I Go Wrong" – Georgette
"Beautiful" – Jenny (lyrics by Ernie Lijoi)
"A Perfect Ending" – Full Company
"Love You Till the Day" – Greg and Annie (lyrics by Ernie Lijoi)
"Jenny's Blues" – Jenny
"Whatever" – Marty
"A Little Bit Less Than" – Rebecca
"What They Never Tell You" – Judy (lyrics by Jill Abramovitz)
"Perfect/Whatever (Reprise)" – Marty and Jenny
"That's Family" – Judy, Georgette, Murray and George
"Finale" – Full Company
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