New Jersey Stage

Friday, July 22, 2011

Casting Complete for It Shoulda Been You at George Street Playhouse Includes Richard Kline Of Three's Company Fame

 (New Brunswick, NJ)  - George Street Playhouse and its Artistic Director David Saint have completed casting for the New Brunswick theatre's 2011-2012 season opener, It Shoulda Been You.  Richard Kline, from Broadway's November and City Of Angels, as well as the classic sitcom, Three's Company, and two-time Tony Award nominee Howard McGillin , Broadway's longest running Phantom in Phantom of the Opera, as well as stage veterans Tom Deckman, Carla Duren, Jessica Hershberg, Curtis Holbrook, Lisa Howard, Mylinda Hull and David Josefsberg comprise the cast.  Running October 4 – November 6, 2011, the musical, whose book and lyrics are by Brian Hargrove, and score is by New Jersey native Barbara Anselmi, will be marking the directorial debut of Tony and Emmy Award-winning actor David Hyde Pierce.  They will join the previously announced Tyne Daly, Harriet Harris and Edward Hibbert.

It Shoulda Been You, is 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 remainder of the creative team consists of choreographer Noah Racey, music director Greg Anthony and three-time Tony Award-winning orchestrator Douglas Besterman.  Creating the world of It Shoulda Been You is scenic designer Anna Louizos, five-time Tony Award-winning costume designer William Ivey Long, lighting designer Paul Gallo and sound designer Mark Menard.

While Richard Kline is probably best known to TV audiences for his work on Three's Company, he has also appeared on Broadway in November, City of Angels and on tour in Wicked, Do I Hear a Waltz?, Oliver! and Jake's Women.  Howard McGillin's Broadway credits include Phantom of the Opera, The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations, Theatre World Award), Anything Goes (second Tony nomination opposite Patti LuPone) and The Secret Garden, will also be making his debut at Feinstein's in September.  Tom Deckman has been seen on Broadway in Good Vibrations and the national tour of Spamalot.  Carla Duren was seen in the recent Broadway revival of 110 in the Shade starring Audra McDonald.  Jessica Hershberg understudied both of the Ingalls sisters on the national tour of Little House on the Prairie.  Curtis Holbrook's Broadway credits include the recent revival of West Side Story, Xanadu and All Shook Up.  Lisa Howard can be seen in Silence! The Musical, and her Broadway credits include 9 to 5 and the Lincoln Center Theater revival of South Pacific.  Mylinda Hull's Broadway appearances include Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Sweet Charity.  Matthew Hydzik was recently seen as Tony in the recent Broadway revival of West Side Story.  David Josefsberg from Broadway's The Wedding Singer and Grease returns to George Street Playhouse after originating the role of "White Dude" in The Toxic Avenger.

Full season and flexible admission subscription packages, as well as a select block of individual tickets, are now available through the George Street Playhouse Box Office, 732-246-7717.  Discounted tickets for groups of 10 or more may be purchased by calling 732-846-2895, ext 134.  George Street Playhouse is located at 9 Livingston Avenue, in the heart of New Brunswick's dining and entertainment district, and easily accessible by car or public transportation.

Under the leadership of Artistic Director David Saint, George Street Playhouse has become a nationally recognized theatre, presenting an acclaimed mainstage season while providing an artistic home for established and emerging theatre artists.  Founded in 1974, the Playhouse has been well represented by numerous productions both on and off-Broadway – recent productions include the Outer Critics' Circle Best Musical Award-winner The Toxic Avenger, the Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk and Drama League nominated production of The Spitfire Grill and the recent Broadway hit and Tony® and Pulitzer Prize winning play Proof by David Auburn, which was developed at GSP during the 1999 Next Stage Series of new plays.  In addition to its mainstage season, GSP's Touring Theatre features four issue-oriented productions that are seen by more than 70,000 students annually.   George Street Playhouse programming is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and by its lead season sponsor, Johnson & Johnson.