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New Musical “It Shoulda Been You” with Tyne Daly, Harriet Harris, Howard McGillin | By Andrew Gans

The George Street Playhouse’s 2011-2012 season-launcher, the new musical It Shoulda Been You, which features direction by Tony winner David Hyde Pierce, officially opens at the New Jersey venue Oct. 14 at 8 PM following previews that began Oct. 4.

The production boasts a cast that includes Lisa Howard as Jenny Steinberg, Tom Deckman as Walt/Uncle Morty, Mylinda Hull as Mildred/Aunt Sheila, Tony winner Tyne Daly as Judy Steinberg, Richard Kline as Murray Steinberg, Jessica Hershberg as Rebecca Steinberg, Matthew Hydzik as Brian Howard, Curtis Holbrook as Greg Madison, Carla Duren as Annie Sheps, Edward Hibbert as Albert, Tony winner Harriet Harris as Georgette Howard, Howard McGillin as George Howard and David Josefsberg as Marty Kaufman.

The new musical, based on a concept by Barbara Anselmi, features book and lyrics by Brian Hargrove, with music by Anselmi and additional lyrics by Jill Abramovitz, Carla Rose Fisher, Michael Cooper, Ernie Lijoi and Will Randall.

It Shoulda Been You is billed as “a musical comedy for anyone with parents. The bride (played by Ms. Hershberg) is Jewish. The groom (played by Mr. Hydzik) is Catholic. Her mother (played by Ms. Daly) is a force of nature, his mother (played by Ms. Harris) is a tempest in a cocktail shaker. And when the bride’s ex-boyfriend (played by Mr. Josefsberg) shows up, the perfect wedding starts to unravel faster than you can whistle ‘Here Comes the Bride!’ Plots are hatched, pacts are made, secrets exposed — and the sister of the bride (played by Ms. Howard) is left to turn a tangled mess into happily ever after! Thrust in the middle of the marital mishegas is Albert, the wedding planner (played by Mr. Hibbert). Mr. Kline will portray the bride’s father Murray, and Mr. McGillin will portray the groom’s playing opposite Ms. Daly and Ms. Harris, respectively.”

The creative team also includes choreographer Noah Racey, music director Greg Anthony, three-time Tony Award-winning orchestrator Douglas Besterman, scenic designer Anna Louizos, five-time Tony Award-winning costume designer William Ivey Long, lighting designer Ken Billington, wig and hair designer Paul Huntley, production stage manager Thomas Clewell, and sound designer Acme Sound Partners.