We don’t say this lightly, but…
It Shoulda Been You is 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 You is 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 You feels 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 You isn’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!
We can’t rave about it enough! It Shoulda Been You is a MUST see!!!!
What an unexpected delight!