It Shoulda Been Youis not only the best new musical of the current Broadway season - it is the best theatrical experience we have had since Here Lies Love.
It Shoulda Been Youis everything we wish A Gentleman's Guide To Love And Murder was but isn't. And that won the Tony for Best New Musical last year!
This is a brand new musical that's not based on a movie or book or the songs of a famous artist.
We can't think of a single thing we disliked about the show! It did EVERYTHING right!
It Shoulda Been Youfeels a lot like an uproarious romantic comedy film (think My Best Friend's Wedding) set to songs, and that's partly due to the super effective choice of not having an intermission and to the show being written by a sitcom veteran and Broadway newcomer, Brian Hargrove, who's worked on such shows as Wanda At Large, Titus, Caroline In The City and more. He's also married to Frasier alum David Hyde Pierce, who makes his Broadway directorial debut skillfully helming this musical about a wedding with many twists and turns.
BUT, the great one-liners and humor would not land if it weren't delivered effectively and this great ensemble cast does a superb job of bringing the laughs! And it's a true ensemble with some mega talent! Everyone has their moment to shine!
And Lisa Howard, especially, gives a star-making performance as the sister who's not-so-lucky in love.
Wow! Wow! Wow! What a revelation she is!
The cast is rounded out by such talented actors! Tyne Daly, Harriet Harris, Sierra Boggess, David Burtka, Montego Glover, Chip Zien, Josh Grisetti, Adam Heller, and Nick Spangler all shine and are utilized to the best of their abilities!
We don't want to give away any of plot because there are so many surprises, which make the show so fun. But It Shoulda Been Youisn't all fluff. Hargrove, who also wrote the lyrics in addition to the book, and composer Barbara Anselmi, have created some beautiful songs about love, acceptance, feeling "a little bit less than" and real meaningful themes! Plus there are just some hilarious songs as well!
#JadenSmith is totally gonna wanna steal my top! Thanks to Movimento Apparel (http://www.movimentoapparel.com/) for my fierce new jacket I wore to the It Shoulda Been You on Broadway opening!!! [Image viahttp://WENN.com/]
Obviously, the details of the attack, which left the adult entertainer with 10 broken ribs and a ruptured liver, are excruciating to read.
Mack bravely recalled:
"Jon became abusive about four to five months in, but by that time I was totally in love with him. So, so in love. The first time I thought, 'Oh it'll never happen again.' The day after, he stayed home from training and coddled me. After every time he would hit me, those were the best days of our relationship."
Wow, that sounds similar to the stories of many other domestic abuse survivors.
As for the aftermath of that horrible day in August, Christy explained:
"I didn't look in the mirror for weeks. Just feeling my face, I knew it wasn't right. So when I'd look in the mirror, it's not me — that person wasn't me. It's so hard to go every day without being you anymore."
As if the mental strain of the incident wasn't enough, the gorgeous gal also had to adjust to a whole new body — that's how badly War Machine beat his ex.
We commend Christy for opening up about her horrific ordeal and we hope her story acts as a warning for those in similar situations.