It Should Have Been You

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It Should Have Been You
books and lyrics by Brian Hargrove
music and concept by Barbara Anselmi
directed by David Hyde Pierce
starring Tyne Daly
July 26, 2015
Production websiteΒ Β πŸ’‰πŸ’‰πŸ’‰ out of 5.

I never expected this to be such a sweet experience. Although the story of the day-of-the-wedding-blues and accombant regret has been told over and over – It Should Have Been You seemed oh, so fresh to me. The play was certainly built on the fun of the Jewish family marrying up with the decidedly not-Jewish. The wit is quick. The mother-in-laws, featuring Tyne Daly and Harriet Harris simply rock with comic timing, but it is the big, belting number of the plus-size sister played by Tony-nominee Sierra Goggess that sealed the success of the matinee. Her anthem, β€œJenny’s Blues” nearly brought the house to its feet. She so deserved each and every moment.

Again, musicals are not my favorite entertainment, but nothing could have felt better this Sunday afternoon. I was so glad to see a show that didn’t put me into thinking and solving a puzzle each moment. It was so refreshing to see a show that wasn’t pushing so hard to be liked or understood. It was a sharing of the story in the best meaning of the phrase. Even, god forbid, the gay characters and themes in the plays were refreshingly simple and honest. A nice warm cup of tea on a Sunday afternoon with a handful of gummy bears just for silliness. The perfect way to spend a Sunday.

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