Who's in the Wedding Party? Meet the Full Cast of IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU, Opening Tonight on Broadway!
Tony and Emmy Award winner Tyne Daly, Tony Award winner Harriet Harris, Sierra Boggess and Lisa Howard head an outstanding cast in It Shoulda Been You, the hilarious and heartwarming new musical comedy that proves when it comes to wedding day insanity, everything is relative. It Shoulda Been You, which had a sold-out premiere at New Jersey's George Street Playhouse, officially opens tonight, April 14, 2015 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Scroll down to learn more about the cast, plus watch interviews with the company!
It Shoulda Been You, a new musical comedy directed by David Hyde Pierce in his Broadway directorial debut, features an original book & lyrics by Brian Hargrove and music by Barbara Anselmi. It Shoulda Been You puts a refreshingly modern spin on the traditional wedding comedy, proving that when it comes to wedding day insanity, it's all relative.
The cast of It Shoulda Been You includes Tony Award-winner Tyne Daly, Tony Award-winner Harriet Harris, Sierra Boggess, Lisa Howard, David Burtka, Tony Award nominee Montego Glover, Chip Zien,Josh Grisetti, Adam Heller, Michael X. Martin, Anne L. Nathan, Nick Spangler, and Edward Hibbert, along with Farah Alvin, Gina Farrell, Aaron Finley, and Mitch Greenberg.
In the hilarious and heartwarming new musical It Shoulda Been You, 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.
Mother of the Bride
Tyne Daly has been a professional actress since 1963. She is delighted to be back on Broadway after most recently creating the role of Katharine Gerard in Terrence McNally's 20th Broadway production,Mothers and Sons, for which she was nominated for a Tony Award and an Outer Critics Circle Award. She holds the record for the most Emmys won by a dramatic actress with six Emmys for her work on "Judging Amy," "Christy," and "Cagney and Lacey." Among her many other honors she has won include the Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for her performance as Madame Rose in GYPSY, she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and in 2011 she was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame.
Mother of the Groom
Any successful wedding requires something old and something new. The prospect of walking down the aisle with old friends in an original Broadway musical is irresistible to me. Perhaps, the something borrowed and something blue had best be sorted out in rehearsal. Broadway: Madame, the wicked step-mother, in Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella, Present Laughter, Cry Baby: The Musical, Old Acquaintance, Thoroughly Modern Millie (2002 Tony and Drama Desk Awards for Featured Actress in a Musical), and The Man Who Came to Dinner. Encores: Little Me. Off-Broadway: Standing on Ceremony, Yeast Nation, Jeffrey (Drama Desk nomination), Bella, Belle of Byelorussia (Drama Desk nomination). Film: Love Is Strange, Memento, Nurse Betty, Addams Family Values. TV: "Desperate Housewives" as Felicia Tilman, "Frasier" as Bebe Glazer. Member of the Acting Company, AEA.
Sierra Boggess recently finished a limited run in The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway. Other Broadway credits include the 25th-anniversary engagement in The Phantom of the Opera, the revival of Master Class and The Little Mermaid(Drama Desk and Drama League nominations). Her London credits include LES MISERABLES, the 25th-anniversary concerts of The Phantom of the Opera at Royal Albert Hall and Love Never Dies (Olivier Award nomination). Other New York theater credits include Guys & Dolls at Carnegie Hall opposite Nathan Lane, Patrick Wilson and Megan Mullally; Love, Loss, and What I Wore (Off-Broadway; final cast); and Encores! production of Music in the Air. Regionally, she has been seen in Princesses (Goodspeed and 5th Avenue Theatre), and LES MISERABLES (national tour). Her recordings include the 25th-anniversary concert of The Phantom of the Opera (also on DVD), the symphonic recording of Love Never Dies, The Little Mermaid and Andrew Lippa's A Little Princess. Concert appearances include the BBC Proms at Royal Albert Hall, Lincoln Center's American Songbook series The Lyrics of David Zippel, The New York Pops at Lincoln Center, and Broadway by the Year at Town Hall. Boggess' engagements at 54 Below include "Awakening: Live at 54 Below" and "Finding The Balance (The Journey of the Middle Child)."
Sister of the Bride
Lisa Howard has appeared on Broadway as Diva 1 in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Missy Hart in 9 to 5 the musical, Head Nurse in Lincoln Center's revival of South Pacific and as Rona Lisa Peretti in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, for which she won a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Ensemble Performance. She toured the US in the national company of LES MISERABLES, where she played many performances as "Madame Thénardier", and has played leading roles regionally at Pittsburgh CLO, St. Louis MUNY, Olney Theater Center, Human Race Theater and Kansas City Starlight. Lisa made her feature film debut as Siobahn in "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2" and has also been seen on television in "Ugly Betty." Her debut solo CD, "Songs of Innocence and Experience" is available on iTunes. Lisa is a graduate of the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music.
David Burtka last appeared on Broadway as Tulsa in Sam Mendes' production of Gypsy, for which he was nominated for a Fred Astaire Award. His role as The Boy in the American premiere of Edward Albee's The Play About the Baby earned him the Clarence Derwent Award. Other New York appearances include the Broadway production of Edward Albee's The Goat or Who is Sylvia and the Off-Broadway productions of Beautiful Thing and Bad Boy Johnny. Burtka starred in the World Premiere of the musical The Opposite of Sex in San Francisco, later reprising his role at The Williamstown Theatre Festival. He has appeared regionally at The Hollywood Bowl, Alley Theatre, Paper Mill Playhouse, North Shore Music Theatre, and the Weston Playhouse. His film credits include Dance-Off, Annie and the Gypsy, Regrets Only, A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas and Hollywood Ending, under the direction of Woody Allen. Known to television audiences for his recurring role on How I Met Your Mother, Burtka appears in the current season of American Horror Story: Freak Show. He earned a BFA from the University of Michigan and studied at the William Esper Studios in New York. David's one man show Burtka, David played a sold-out engagement in November 2014 at 54 Below. A trained chef, Burtka is a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu and has worked with Mario Batali. He resides in Manhattan with his husband Neil Patrick Harris and their twin children, Harper and Gideon.
Maid of Honor
Award-winning actress Montego Glover originated the starring role of Felicia Farrell on Broadway in Memphis (Tony Award, Best Musical 2010) for which she received a Tony Award Nomination for Lead Actress in a Musical, a Drama League Nomination and won both the Outer Critics Circle Award and Drama Desk Award for her performance. Ms. Glover made her Broadway debut in The Color Purple and has performed at the Old Globe Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Seattle's 5th Ave Theatre, Huntington Theater and the Geffen Playhouse among others. Concert work includes the New York Pops, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Lincoln Center Theater, Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Caramoor Music Festival, the Delacorte Theatre and the Smith Center (PBS Special). Television and film roles include FBI Agent Lawrence on FOX's The Following; ABC's Black Box, Hostages, Smash, Golden Boy, The Good Wife, White Collar, NYC 22, Law & Order, Made In Jersey and the upcoming feature Alone. Numerous commercials, voiceovers and animated characters. Montego has served as a member of the Artists' Committee for the Kennedy Center Honors and is a New York PopsEd Ambassador.
Father of the Bride
Chip Zien created the central role of the Baker in Sondheim/Lapine's award-winning INTO THE WOODS and also created the role of Mendel in William Finn's highly acclaimed FALSETTOS. Most recently he was seen on B'way in THE BIG KNIFE directed by Douglas Hughes, The Roundabout's THE PEOPLE IN THE PICTURE, THE COUNTRY GIRL directed by Mike Nichols and as Thenardier in the revival of LES MISERABLES. He appeared in Tommy Tune's GRAND HOTEL playing Otto Kringelein, the memorable dancing bookkeeper. Other Broadway credits include, THE BOYS FROM SYRACUSE, CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG, ALL OVER TOWN directed by Dustin Hoffman and THE SUICIDE with Derek Jacobi. Mr. Zien also starred in the La Jolla reworking of MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG. On TV, Mr. Zien is currently filming CRIME, a new HBO series and was a regular on THE CAROLINE RHEA SHOW, ALMOST PERFECT (CBS), NOW AND AGAIN (CBS), DEADLINE (NBC), SHELL GAME (CBS) and LOVE, SIDNEY (NBC). Mr. Zien has recently turned his attention to writing. His new musical, THE HISTORY OF WAR was selected and presented at The New York Musical Theater Festival (NYMF). His one-man show DEATH IN ASHTABULA and a musical revue TRAVELS WITH MY DISCONTENT, showcasing the music of Deborah Abramson, were both developed and performed at The Barrington Stage. Additionally, Mr. Zien has performed his solo concert at 54 Below to smashing notices.
Broadway: Although no one saw it, Josh was brilliant in Neil Simon's Broadway Bound. However, tonight's performance marks Mr. Grisetti's (public) Broadway debut, for which he is eternally grateful. Off-Broadway: Red Eye of Love, Peter and the Starcatcher,Rent, Enter Laughing (Theatre World Award winner; Drama Desk, OCC, Drama League and Lortel nominations), Candidaand After the Ball. FAVORITE REGIONAL: Diner (Signature), Camelot (Kennedy Center), How to Succeed... (Los Angeles Ovation Award & Garland Award winner), Funny Thing...Forum (Williamstown), Spamalot (Las Vegas),Where's Charley? (Goodspeed), Cosi fan Tutte & The Merry Widow (Operafestival di Roma). TV: The Gates, Nurse Jackie, The Knights of Prosperity and others. FILM: The Immigrant, Revolutionary Road, The Namesake and others. Special thanks to DHP, Brian Hargrove and Scott Landis for being alive.
Uncle Morty, Walt
Broadway: Elf; Baby It's You; Caroline, or Change; A Class Act; Victor/Victoria; Les Miserables. Off-Broadway: Fiorello (City Center Encores!); Wings; Make Me a Song; The Immigrant; Endgame; Merrily We Roll Along; Normal. National Tours: Titanic; Falsettos. Regional: Fiddler on the Roof (Goodspeed); Smart Blonde (City Theater); The Chosen (Barrington Stage); Triangle (Oklahoma Lyric); 12 Angry Men (Engeman); Robin and the 7 Hoods (Old Globe); My Name is Asher Lev (Arden, Round House, DTC); A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Goodspeed); End Days (Vineyard Playhouse); Party Come Here (Williamstown); Ragtime (Sacramento); Merrily We Roll Along (Kennedy Center); Dancing in the Dark (Old Globe); No Way to Treat a Lady (Barrington Stage); March of the Falsettos and Falsettoland (Hartford Stage); Art (Hartford Theaterworks); Dinner With Friends (Coconut Grove); American Vaudeville (Alley). Film/TV: Random Unrelated Projects; Shadayim; Isn't She Great; Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's; "The Americans"; "Law & Order" (all); "Unforgettable"; "The Sopranos"; "Oz"; "Submissions Only"; "Queens Supreme." Graduate: NYU/Tisch. For my brother who loved the theatre, Douglas J Heller.
MICHAEL X. MARTIN
Father of the Groom
Other Broadway: Nice Work if You Can Get It, Catch Me if You Can, Ragtime, All Shook Up, Man of La Mancha, Oklahoma, Kiss Me Kate, 1776, King David, and LES MISERABLES. Off Broadway: Manhattan Theatre Club, Vineyard, Playwrights Horizons, and Sullivan Street. For Encores!: Merrily We Roll Along, Kismet, Bye Bye Birdie, Pardon My English, Can-Can, and Do Re Mi. Cast albums: 12. Concerts: Carnegie Hall, Royal Albert Hall, and the Manous Opera House. From 1976 to 1991 he was in nearly 100 productions as a resident company member with ACT, Denver Center Theatre, California Actor's Theater, and the PCPA Theaterfest. Other regional: Williamstown, Center Theatre Group, Cleveland Playhouse, and the Wilma. TV/film include "Boardwalk Empire", "The Law and Order Trilogy", "Perry Mason" and "The Producers". For 3 years he was the editorial cartoonist for the Pulitzer Prize winning Riverdale Press. He is married to actor and singer Shauna Hicks, and they have a 10 year old son, Sean.
ANNE L. NATHAN
Aunt Sheila, Mimsy
Broadway: Once (Baruska), Sunday in the Park with George (Nurse, Mrs., Harriet), Chicago (Matron Mama Morton), Assassins (Emma Goldman), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Miss Flannery), Ragtime. Off-Broadway: Once(NYTW), Wings (Second Stage), Music In The Air (Encores!) Road Show (The Public Theater), Swingtime Canteen. National tours: Chicago (Carbonell Award) LES MISERABLES, Aspects of Love. Regional: Lucinenne in A Flea In Her Ear (Kansas City Rep), Charlotte in Falsettosat both The Huntington and George Street Playhouse) as well as La Jolla Playhouse, Barrington Stage Co, Vineyard Arts and The Citadel Theater. Film & TV: You Must Be Joking, Sugar, Baby Mama, King of California, "The Good Wife," "Dirt," "Law & Order (SVU, Criminal Intent, Trial by Jury)," "Veronica Mars", "What I Like About You" and "Bull". She has also been on 3 Tony Awards Telecasts, Letterman, America's Got Talent, The Today Show and the Rosie O'Donnell Show. Web series: Linda Avery on "Submissions Only". Anne is a graduate of the Boston Conservatory and a recipient of the 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award.
Nick Spangler has appeared on Broadway in the original companies of The Book of Mormon and Cinderella. His Off-Broadway performance as Matt inThe Fantasticks garnered him the Theater Hall of Fame Elaine and Jerry Orbach Fellowship Award. Regional favorites include The Sound of Music at Carnegie Hall, the world premiere of GIANT at The Signature Theater, Saved (Kansas City Rep) Avenue X (Alliance Theater) Fantasy Football: the musical? (NYMF). In 2008, Nick was the winner of the reality series The Amazing Race on CBS. He is the author of two children's books, The Adventure of Felix and Isabella: Volumes 1 and 2, available on Amazon.com. Love to my unbelievable wife, Monica. So glad she said, "I do!"
Broadway credits include Mrs. Warren's Profession, Curtains, The Drowsy Chaperone, Noises Off, The Green Bird,Me and My Girl and Alice in Wonderland. Off-Broadway, he received an Obie and a Dramalogue for his performance in Jeffrey. Other off-Broadway includes THE MILK TRAIN DOESN'T STOP HERE ANYMORE, MY NIGHT WITH REG, PRIVATES ON PARADE, and as Oscar Wilde in GROSS INDECENCY. For "Encores" at New York's City Center, LADY IN THE DARK and ANYONE CAN WHISTLE. For the Lyric Opera in Chicago, he appeared as Max in THE SOUND OF MUSIC. In London's West End he appeared in THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP, LEND ME A TENOR and TWELFTH NIGHT. He recently debuted his cabaret act CAN'T SOMETHING BE DONE at 54 Below and appears in the concert LOVE, NOEL; The Letters and Music of Noel Coward, with Christine Ebersole. Films include TAKING WOODSTOCK, THE PRESTIGE, EVERYONE SAYS I LOVE YOU and THE FIRST WIVES CLUB.
Standby Jenny/Annie/Aunt Sheila
Farah Alvin has appeared on Broadway in Nine, The Look of Love, Saturday Night Fever, Grease! and A Christmas Carol. Off-Broadway credits include The Last Smoker In America, The Marvelous Wonderettes (Drama Desk Nomination, cast album), I Love You Because (cast album), If You Give A Mouse A Cookie..., Kuni-Leml. Also in New York, Date of a Lifetime (NYMF Outstanding Actress Award), The Tenth Floor (Talkin' Broadway Best Actress Citation) and multiple appearances at The Town Hall. Recent regional credits include the world premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon's Sycamore Trees as Ginnie (Signature Theater, Helen Hayes Award), Funny Girl as Fanny (Gretna Theatre), [title of show] as Heidi (Theatreworks Silicon Valley), Pirates of Penzance as Mabel (Huntington Theatre), and Ragtime as Mother (White Plains PAC). Farah is also a singer/songwriter. Her debut album, someday, is available on cdbaby.com.
Standby Judy/Georgette/Aunt Sheila
Sweeney Todd: (NY Philharmonic) with Emma Thompson, The Sound of Music Live: with Carrie Underwood (NBC),Wicked National Tour: (Madame Morrible) Broadway: Mamma Mia! (Rosie),Beauty and the Beast, Big River, Jane Eyre, The Sound of Music, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way To The Forum and LES MISERABLES. Other Credits: Passion at Live from Lincoln Center, Sail Awayat Carnegie Hall, Candide with the New York City Opera, and the New York Philharmonic. Regional: A Room With A View(The Old Globe world premiere), Bay Area Critics Award for Side by Side by Sondheim. American Conservatory Theatre company member from 1986-1990.
AARON C. FINLEY
Broadway: Rock of Ages (Drew). NYC:Allegiance. Regional: Diner the Musical,Rent, Jesus Christ Superstar, It Shoulda Been You, Evitaand others. Special thanks to CGF Talent, Tara Rubin Casting. All my love to Abby, Mac & Ty.
Standby Albert/George/Murray/Uncle Morty
Award-winning actor, audiobook narrator and doting dad. A Brooklyn boy, Mitch studied acting with Sanford Meisner, Uta Hagen and William Esper. Credits include many dozens of plays/musicals, Broadway/Off-Broadway, nationwide, on stages & screens large & small. Some favorites: Freud's Last Session, Brighton Beach/Broadway Bound, "Art," Talley's Folly, Wiesenthal, The Cocoanuts, The Diary of Anne Frank.Film, TV, etc., naturally (check your Law & Order reruns). He's a songwriter, cruciverbalist and "certifiable genius" (NY Times).
Broadway debut! TV/Film: "Mount Joy," "Show Me a Hero," "Louie" & "Wallflowers." NY Theatre: NYMF (5 seasons -- Two-Time WINNER: "Outstanding Performance Award"), Ars Nova, AMAS, The York, Symphony Space, City Center, Town Hall, 54 Below, & Musicals Tonight. UK Theatre: Buxton Opera House and NYGASP. Regional Theatre: Walnut Street Theatre, American Theatre Group, St. Louis Repertory, Denver Center, Florida Studio Theatre and many more! Thank you Shelley and the magnificent team, West, DSM, Jennifer, Martin & Biello, Craig Carnelia, The Sinatoras, my parents, hero sister Alyse and new husband, composer Keith Varney!