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It Shoulda Been You

From 40 critic and 146 member reviews
Members say: Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Delightful, Great acting

About the show

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. More…

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.

1h 40m | Already closed | Brooks Atkinson Theatre (Midtown W)

Perez Hilton

"We can't think of a single thing we disliked about the show! It did EVERYTHING right...We can't rave about it enough! 'It Shoulda Been You' is a MUST see!" Full Review


"A superb cast; clever, sprightly direction; an enjoyable score and clever books and lyrics. A musical theatre marriage of the best kind...See it. Don’t be that person about whom people say It Shoulda Been You that saw it." 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

NY Theatre Guide

"'It Shoulda Been You' is one of those shows that I hope stays around for a good long while. It’s loads of fun, and the cast and production team have put together a fun and high energy musical...For those who want to experience a great light evening of theatre, 'It Shoulda Been You' is the show for you." Full Review

New Jersey Newsroom

“'It Shoulda Been You' is a guilty treat of a musical that I couldn’t help liking. Slight in score, silly in its story, this unassuming show is undeniably -- and unabashedly -- a farcical fondue about a wedding that goes wrong for all the right reasons." 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

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

Entertainment Weekly

"'It Shoulda Been You' is sometimes about as fresh as a week-old danish and the score is largely uninspired. On the flip side, however, you also get to see a bevy of marvelous cut-ups and singers vibrantly giving their all." 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 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


“'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

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


"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

Simon Parris Man in Chair

"A triumph of great casting over moderate material, 'It Shoulda Been You' is a breezy, old-fashioned comedy that is as pleasant as it is forgettable." Full Review


"The new musical 'It Shoulda Been You' takes the wedding day setup that fuels so many romantic comedies, but offers a twist that livens up the proceedings...The characters are often overly familiar and the sentiment wishes the musical felt more consistently original." 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


"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

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

New York Daily News

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


"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

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

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

Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing

See it if You like musicals! This is an amazing show!

Don't see it if You don't like musicals, plots with love and marriage in it

Exquisite, Funny, Great acting, Great singing, Must see

See it if Very entertaining

Don't see it if Musicals.

Enchanting, Entertaining, Delightful, Funny, 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, Great acting, Clever, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You love mixed marriage mayhem

Don't see it if no reason not to see this

Clever, Great writing, Hilarious, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if You're looking for a good laugh and you love clever writing and musical theatre

Don't see it if You dislike gay related topics

Absorbing, Delightful, Romantic, Great acting, 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

Clever, Resonant, Refreshing, Romantic, Hilarious

See it if you can relate to family drama, and love a good romantic comedy.

Don't see it if you are not open to diversity of size, religion or sexual orientation.

Enchanting, Hilarious, Great acting, Masterful, Original

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.

Clever, Hilarious, Great singing, Great writing, Entertaining

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.

Great staging, Entertaining, Funny, Hilarious, Romantic

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.)

Funny, Fluffy, Hilarious

See it if you want to laugh the night away with great actors/actresses.

Don't see it if you want a very deep show.

Clever, Hilarious, Great singing, Indulgent, Refreshing

See it if you like wedding comedies. The singing is flawless. everyone in the cast has great numbers and deserves their place in the spotlight.

Don't see it if dislike comedy. expect something serious.

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Relevant, Great staging

See it if I saw this twice, I found it funny, romantic, touching, and filled with energy.

Don't see it if You can get tickets to Hamilton instead, because those are hard to come by. But definitely see this!

Heart-warming, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Refreshing

See it if You enjoy romantic comedies with fantastic comic acting and great singing!

Don't see it if You don't like romantic comedies.

Funny, Original, Relevant, Romantic, Clever

See it if you want to see a lot of conventional musical comedy tropes turned on their heads, and to have a lot of surprises.

Don't see it if you are looking for cutting-edge, modern music or comedy. This is a throwback, with a lit of clever twists.

Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Original, Relevant

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

Entertaining, Delightful, Clever, Funny, Cliched

See it if you love a wedding, you love lots of leading ladies, you love empowering messages.

Don't see it if you are homophobic, sexist, sizist, and otherwise crappy.

Hilarious, Original, Must see, Delightful

See it if very funny, tyne daly is great, music is great

Don't see it if can be a bit offensive, but with good intentions. must see

Clever, Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining, Relevant

See it if You'd enjoy an entertaining, clever, fast paced relevant show.

Don't see it if You prefer musicals, and are not open minded.

Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Refreshing

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

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You love old fashioned musicals with a current twist. Clever story and great staging and acting.

Don't see it if You can't take a joke or can't go with the flow.

Clever, Great staging, Quirky, Refreshing, Relevant

See it if You are looking for a funny, happy go lucky show, with a great twist at the end.

Don't see it if You are close minded and easily offended

Clever, Delightful, Funny, 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

Delightful, Great acting, Great writing, Hilarious, Great staging

See it if You want a comedy with a clever cast, hilarious writing, and a beautiful set.

Don't see it if You're not a fan of romantic comedies.

Clever, Funny, Fluffy, Quirky, Romantic

See it if You want a fun night at the theatre with a great message.

Don't see it if You want a big Broadway musical, it feels very off-Broadway, not in a bad way, but it doesn't have the glitz of a Wicked...

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