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It Shoulda Been You

Members say: Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Delightful, Great acting
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132 reviews

Tony winner Tyne Daly stars in a new musical comedy where the clash of two families turns the perfect wedding into chaos, directed by Emmy and Tony Award winner David Hyde Pierce.

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It's a culture clash for the ages when two families from wildly different backgrounds come together to celebrate a wedding. As if the union wasn't complicated enough, the bride's ex-boyfriend arrives, bringing the wedding to a screeching halt and throwing both families into hysterical chaos. Plots are hatched, promises broken, secrets exposed and the bride's resourceful sister is left to turn an unmitigated disaster into happily ever after.


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Reviews (172)

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The New York Times

"It’s so aggressively bubbly it gives you the hiccups. Or do I mean acid reflux? In any case, it’s not easy to swallow... There’s not an element in 'It Shoulda Been You' that hasn’t been used, and wrung dry, before. " Full Review


“'It Shoulda Been You' is awfully funny. That’s strange, because there’s nothing especially clever about this musical comedy... These actors know how to get a laugh even when they don’t have a laugh line...Seriously, it’s OK to laugh — although you may hate yourself in the morning." Full Review

New York Post

"As far as comedy goes, the most rewarding wedding is the one that goes off the rails. And so Broadway’s new musical 'It Shoulda Been You' piles on the mishaps — only the show itself ends up quite the blunder. These talented, hard-working actors are a joy to watch, and almost make up for the drecky writing. Almost." Full Review

Time Out New York

"While the antics are predictable they’re not unenjoyable, thanks to a seasoned and flavorful all-star ensemble...Though the cake is stale, they decorate it well. It shoulda been better but it coulda been worse." Full Review

The Hollywood Reporter

"David Hyde Pierce has staged the proceedings with a brisk expertise that makes the 100 intermission-less minutes fly by. It’s the sort of show that practically redefines the term guilty pleasure...For all its obvious deficiencies, 'It Shoulda Been You' is the sort of shamelessly lowbrow comedy too often missing from Broadway these days." Full Review

The Huffington Post

"Weaknesses still remain, led by the contrived story and a decidedly non-rousing score, but what was well-nigh intolerable in New Jersey is now... well, tolerable." Full Review

New York Theater

"It abruptly swerves in a completely unexpected direction, and yet still manages to be the most predictable show on Broadway...Even if the gags were funnier, or the score more noteworthy, they could not make up for the absence of any authentic-feeling observations about love or commitment or weddings or…anything." Full Review

The Wall Street Journal

"A musical farce that is by turns desperately unfunny and relentlessly preachy. Brian Hargrove’s been-there-done-that plot was already a cliché a half-century ago, and today its whiskery stereotypes are a millimeter away from being actively offensive...It sounds like a medley of discarded theme songs from the pilots of failed ’70s sitcoms. The cast, fortunately, is excellent." Full Review

AM New York

"It's just a shame that the show itself is so dated and unfunny. When the material is this disappointing, no one can save it...The sitcom humor is well-worn and hokey, the music is weak, the characters are one-dimensional stereotypes and the concept is tissue-paper thin. Ironically, having great actors involved doesn't make it any better. Instead, you feel frustrated that they're not in a better show.." Full Review

New York Magazine / Vulture

"'It Shoulda Been You' doesn’t die; the cast is too good for that, and a few well-placed zingers perk up the proceedings. But let’s just say it’s on life support." Full Review

New York Daily News

"The show is a harmless diversion. But this is Broadway. 'It Shoulda Been You' shoulda been better." Full Review


"It’s terrible. And it shoulda been left in turnaround after years of kicking around agency offices, instead of being offered up for sacrifice in this $7 million vanity production...So much talent, so little show." Full Review


"If we really must go down that aisle again it helps a lot to have the comic ace David Hyde Pierce behind the scenes in his Broadway directing debut. Equally essential is a cast of real pros...Lyrics that say we've 'seen it all before' are the truest words in the show." Full Review

Chicago Tribune

"There are times when 'It Shoulda Been You' feels as if it belongs to a previous generation of shows with similarly chirpy scores that you thought had choked long ago on the prime rib once served for dinner...The ease of identification, coupled with strikingly lively direction and a veritable plethora of superb farcical performances explains why a great deal of the content in this show lands with its audience." Full Review


"The musical has a story and jokes that might have been retrieved from a time capsule buried 75 years ago...Against all odds, a lot of this aged material is pretty funny...'It Shoulda Been You,' has its moments, but no big ones. " Full Review

The Wrap

"This story of the beautiful bride’s plus-size sister could use more Melissa McCarthy and less Jenny Craig, but the circus around her rarely fails to entertain...Terrific book, numbingly bland music. " Full Review


"Overall, this is fair-to-middling material that’s elevated by a superior cast. It’s a good show, but you can’t help thinking it shoulda been better." Full Review

The Associated Press

"Even if you see many of the jokes coming a long way off, the sheer talent on display in 'It Shoulda Been You' is worth snagging an invitation to this comically inventive wedding." Full Review


"If nothing else, the casting is ideal...'It Shoulda Been You' may strike some as ‘been there done that,’ but I bet you have never seen it done with this much talent!" Full Review

Theater Pizzazz

"We’re privy to one of the wackiest wedding days in this madcap, fast paced musical comedy...It’s a light, laughable, goofy fun production, with a twist that pushes all the current buttons." Full Review

Stage Buddy

"It’s a show that panders to people who have in the past been ignored onstage, whether it be gay men and lesbians, overweight people or African Americans. 'It Shoulda Been You' has a twist for each of them, meant to empower but coming off more as the forced hug of a politician awaiting their vote...While there are laughs plenty and a tender moment or two, 'It Shoulda Been You' ends up feeling like being invited to a wedding as someone’s plus one, and wishing you had just stayed home instead." Full Review

USA Today

"'It Shoulda Been You' the delightfully giddy, goofy musical comedy, this Broadway season's freshest and funniest to date, defies skepticism, both in its wacky humor and its big, buoyant heart. The 100-minute 'Shoulda Been' can feel like a revival of some lost screwball classic." Full Review

DC Metro Theater Arts

"If you leave your sense of disbelief checked in the cloak room, you might just have a fun time as you watch this marriage romp unwind, filled with twists and turns that are always one jump ahead of you during this intermissionless improbable farce...By the time it was over, 'It Shoulda Been You' had gained my respect, and I found I’d had a most enjoyable time...none of it could have happened, but to paraphrase the wedding planner, I’m sure glad I didn’t call in sick today." Full Review

Broadway Blog

"Unfortunately, at its core 'It Shoulda Been You' is ridiculously unbelievable, and the major shift in action sets the show on a course from which it can never recover. Just like in a real marriage, one commits for better and for worse. Be prepared for both and you might get a good chuckle, but I’m not sure these wedding bells will ring for long." Full Review

As Her World Turns

"This is a musical comedy with big theater names and remarkably forgettable music and lyrics — when walking out of the theater, I couldn’t name a single song I just heard. But I did have fun...The plot appears deceptively simple. But then there’s a major twist that I won’t spoil, and that twist elevates the plot just enough to make this an intriguing show. There are lots of genuinely funny moments as great actors do the best they can with so-so material." Full Review

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Avg Score

Disappointing, Excruciating, Cliched

See it if you are a musical theatre beginner with low expectations as far as book, direction and acting.

Don't see it if there's anything else in the world you can do. Lisa Howard is the only redeeming actor, which is sad for an otherwise very talented cast.

Funny, Disappointing, Great singing, Fluffy, Insulting

See it if you enjoy musical comedies with some of the best performers Broadway has to offer. It was was really great until the last 20 mins.

Don't see it if small minded, insulting plot devices used and "surprise" twists leave you cold.

Funny, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You want to see a very funny Musical with smart lyrics and great acting/singing.

Don't see it if You do not like musicals.

Funny, Clever, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if you want a fun, engaging, and well-sung musical; an easy production to enjoy

Don't see it if you want a deep experience

Funny, Delightful, Romantic, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if You can find it anywhere for a fun couple of hours.

Don't see it if You aren't looking for a silly diversion.

Funny, Great acting, Romantic, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if If you like the great cast and funny romances.

Don't see it if If you want a truly memorable show.

Funny, Great acting, Relevant, Resonant, Fluffy

See it if You can relate to the michigos of prepping a wedding; you want to see an all-star ensemble having a good time.

Don't see it if You're not a fan of LGBT storylines; you're expecting decent music (this would have been better off as a play without music altogether)

Funny, Cliched, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if you like musical comedies and an entertaining ensemble cast

Don't see it if you want a thought provoking musical that does more than tell a cute story


See it if you want to see a very talented cast

Don't see it if you hate plot twists you can see coming a mile away

Funny, Delightful, Intelligent, Cliched, Entertaining

See it if If you love any of the original cast, or are looking for a funny, modern, if slightly retold, happily ever after.

Don't see it if You're looking for better directing. This musical was so close to being amazing. It needs a lot of small fixes.

Funny, Original, Romantic, Entertaining

See it if enjoy a fun light hearted family dreamed. Original Broadway cast was superb.

Don't see it if you are looking for a deep story or an old school musical with large dance numbers.

Funny, Romantic, Cute, Sweet, Farcical

See it if You're on a date night or love "Frasier."

Don't see it if You prefer more serious entertainment.

Funny, Clever, Delightful, Cliched, Entertaining

See it if You love quick, funny, fluffy musical comedies.

Don't see it if You like shows that actually make you think.

Original, Clever, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if you like a fun, entertaining theatre experience. Why did it close??

Don't see it if if you don't like clever, funny musicals.

Funny, Clever, Delightful, Quirky, Romantic

See it if you want a show that will leave you smiling when you leave. This is a charming musical that left too soon.

Don't see it if You like a more dense theater and not as light

Funny, Romantic, Hilarious, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You love a clever new musical. One of my favorite shows of the year! So charming . Amusing songs. Wonderful acting and singing. Great!

Don't see it if Don't enjoy stories about squabbling families. (Even lighthearted ones.)

Absorbing, Delightful, Great acting, Romantic, Great writing

See it if you like masterful singing, acting, and a heartwarming story

Don't see it if you want a more original take on romance

Indulgent, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if You want to see a simple-minded comedy and want to see the names in the show.

Don't see it if You expect much from a show. I was extremely disappointed and even frustrated by the show.

Clever, Entertaining

See it if You want to see a great cast headed by Tyne Daly and a funny, clever plot with a big twist.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy funny clever musical comedies.

Funny, Delightful, Romantic, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if you like romantic-comedies and are in the mood for something light.

Don't see it if you're not into gay themes or want something thought provoking.

Funny, Delightful, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if if you want to see an original musical that is funny, touching, and not based on a movie

Don't see it if you don't like light musical comedy

Delightful, Relevant, Cliched, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if you want a light show that will make you smile but rarely truly laugh

Don't see it if you need music that will stay with you or jokes that weren't written 20 years ago

Funny, Original, Delightful, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if bravo - but once the cat is out of the bag, it ruins the surprise.

Don't see it if you don't like the gays

Banal, Disappointing, Excruciating, Cliched, Slow

See it if you like musicals

Don't see it if you hate bad writing.

Original, Enchanting, Great acting, Masterful, Hilarious

See it if You want to laugh so hard that you will pee your pants!!! This show is brilliant! I would see it over 100 times. PLOT TWIST!!!!!!

Don't see it if You aren't into weddings. You don't like musical comedies.