"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
"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
“'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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"'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
"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
"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
See it if You are seeking an absolutely hilarious musical with a very clever plot. This musical is so much fun!
Don't see it if You are seeking a very serious musical or a well-known score.
See it if you can tolerate stereotypical Jew/Christian marriage theme, fair songs, not surprising twist, but saved by Carol Channing-like groom's mom
Don't see it if you dislike traditional musicals, current plethora LGBT-themed shows, mixed racial and overweight lead romances, 75 min with no intermission
See it if you enjoy being mindlessly entertained. Nothing new: the happy bride is hokey and, yet, satisfying. Strong performances with meh material.
Don't see it if you want theater to make you think and/or feel. This is muzak. Kinda like a big slice of wedding cake, instead of a real meal.
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.
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.
See it if you're looking for a fun, engaging musical and can embrace cliches and sometimes caricature-like characters.
Don't see it if anything noted above sounds terrible to you. If familiar word play and cliches drive you crazy, this show may send you on your way.
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)
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.
See it if You like a 1 act musical with catchy tunes & a rare for Broadway heroine. Wonderful vocalists make this a fun night
Don't see it if you want an up-to-date take on family dynamics - this show comes to us from the past.
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.)