Already closed | 1h 40m | Midtown W

It Shoulda Been You

From 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)

Member Reviews (146)

MEMBERS SAY:

Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Delightful, Great acting
80
Avg Score

65
Cliched, Great cast, Fluffy, Entertaining, Polished

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.

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75
Entertaining, Great acting, Funny, Surprising, Cute

See it if It's a cute musical with a twist. Very entertaining.

Don't see it if you are offended by LGBTQ themes.

72
Cute, Fun, Nice, Humorous, Light

See it if You like romantic comedies with a twist

Don't see it if You like shows with a lot of substance or meat.

75
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Fluffy, Romantic

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.

83
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Cliched

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

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

95
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.)

79
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great singing, Great writing

See it if you enjoy an intelligent musical. The action is funny but the lyrics are well thought out and there is a very interesting twist to plot.

Don't see it if you do not like musicals. I saw the Broadway show and just saw the reading at the 92n St Y. Both were enjoyable. Well cast.

55
Cliched, Disappointing, Banal

See it if You're in your 20s.

Don't see it if You find plays about self-absorbed people in their 20s to be boring beyond belief.

76
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Refreshing

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

85
Delightful, Hilarious, Refreshing, Funny, Old-fashioned

See it if you enjoy a throwback to the zany hijinx musicals of old. This is fun from start to finish.

Don't see it if you hate fun.

59
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow

See it if you like musicals

Don't see it if you hate bad writing.

67
Cliched, Slow, Disappointing, Great acting, Banal

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

80
Relevant, Resonant, Fluffy, Great acting, Funny

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)

79
Original, Funny, Entertaining, Romantic

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.

77
Funny, Insulting, Fluffy, Great singing, Disappointing

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.

60
Fluffy

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

90
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

100
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

100
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

79
Clever, Cliched, Funny

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.

50
Cliched, Disappointing, Indulgent

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.

75
Delightful, Cliched, Entertaining, Funny, Intelligent

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.

90
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

82
Cute, Farcical, Funny, Sweet, Romantic

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

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

81
Hilarious, Romantic, Cute, Shocking, Delightful

See it if If you're looking for a musical that puts on a cliched mask but gives the unexpected, has fun songs, and great performances; short & sweet;

Don't see it if If you're looking for something revolutionary or complex, sit this one out; It's one of those shows where you walk out with a smile;


April 14th, 2015
"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. "
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April 14th, 2015
"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."
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April 14th, 2015
"'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."
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April 14th, 2015
"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 t...
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