No surprise, a musical about the run-up to a wedding fraught with all sorts of incompatibilities, will shutter after the Sunday, August 9 matinee. The show, by Brian Hargrove (book and lyrics) and Barbara Anselmi (music), is staged by David Hyde Pierce and stars Daly and Harriet Harris as warring mothers-in-law-to-be. The cast includes Sierra Boggess, David Burtka, Lisa Howard in a star-making role as the bride’s put-upon sister, along with Edward Hibbert, Montego Glover, Josh Grisetti, Adam Heller, Michael X. Martin, Anne L. Nathan, Nick Spangler and Chip Zien. It will have played 31 previews and 135 regular performances.
The show opened to mostly middling-to-negative reviews and struggled at the Nederlander-owned Brooks Atkinson Theatre, rarely taking in more than 40% of its $991K gross potential.
“At a moment in which the Supreme Court has made a historic decision to extend the right to marry to each and every citizen, the message of love and acceptance at the core of It Shoulda Been You feels particularly resonant,” said producer Daryl Roth (Kinky Boots). “We are so proud to have been able to share this story, along with love and laughter, and we look forward to spreading it across the country with future productions. We are grateful to our amazing company and our appreciative Broadway audiences.”