New Jersey Stage

Monday, July 4, 2011

Stage and Screen Veteran Edward Hibbert To Join Cast of "It Shoulda Been You" For George Street Playhouse's 2011-2012 Season Opener

(New Brunswick, NJ) – Stage and screen veteran EDWARD HIBBERT (Broadway's The Drowsy Chaperone, the feature film Taking Woodstock and TV's Frasier), joins esteemed colleagues TYNE DALY and HARRIET HARRIS in It Shoulda Been You at New Brunswick's George Street Playhouse.  The world premiere musical will open the Playhouse's 2011-2012 season, and be directed by Tony and Emmy-Award winning actor DAVID HYDE PIERCE, who will be making his directorial debut.  It Shoulda Been You begins performances in New Brunswick on October 4 and will run through November 6.  Opening night is set for Friday, October 14.

It Shoulda Been You, with a book and lyrics by Brian Hargrove and music by Barbara Anselmi, is a musical comedy for anyone with parents.  The bride is Jewish.  The groom 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 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 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).

Edward Hibbert was born in New York City and trained at London's Royal Academy of Dramatic art.  London West End credits include The Mystery of Irma Vep, Lend Me a Tenor, Hamlet and Twelfth Night.  Broadway credits include Curtains, The Drowsy Chaperone, Noises Off, The Green Bird, Me and My Girl and Alice in Wonderland.  Off-Broadway, he received and OBIE and a Dramalogue for his performance in Jeffrey.  Other off-Broadway credits include My Night With Reg, Privates on Parade and as Oscar Wilde in Gross Indecency.  Regional credits include Mrs. Warren's Profession (McCarter), The School for Scandal (Mark Taper), Rough Crossing (Bay Street), Love! Valour! Compassion! (Barrymore Award) and Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest (Long Wharf, Connecticut Critics Circle Award).  Films include Taking Woodstock, I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell, The Prestige, Fakers, The Paper, Everyone Says I Love You, Uptown Girls, The First Wives Club, The Lion King 1 & 2.  Numerous television appearances include eleven seasons as Gil Chesterton on NBC's Frasier and Once Upon a Mattress with Carol Burnett and Tracey Ullman.

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.  In addition groups of 10 or more are entitled to a discount – for information call 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.