It Shoulda Been You

A world where nothing is what it seems. Religions collide. Machiavellian plots are revealed. Promises are broken, secrets are exposed and hope springs from the most unlikely of places… Is it the latest political scandal? No, it’s just the Steinberg wedding. The charming, funny and original new musical, ‘It Shoulda Been You’ invites you to a wedding day that you’ll never forget, where anything that can go wrong does, and love pops up in mysterious places.

The bride is Jewish. The groom is Catholic. Her mother is a force of nature. His mother is a tempest in a cocktail shaker. And, when the bride’s ex-boyfriend crashes the party, the perfect wedding starts to unravel faster than you can whistle “Here Comes the Bride!”. It’s up to the sister of the bride to turn a tangled mess into a happily ever after in this musical comedy for anyone who’s ever had parents.

This is a true ensemble show, featuring a dozen standout roles from old to young, It has a great comedic script with some true heartfelt moments. And because this is a nearly a present-day piece set in 2015, it is dealing with issues that are very relevant in today’s society.

Cast & Creative

Creative Team

Role Name
Director Paul Nicholas Dyke
Musical Director Artemis Reed
Producer Sarah Perkins

Characters & Parts

Jenny Steinberg

Age: 30 – 40

Jenny is the co-maid of honor and the bride’s older sister. She is the pivotal character in the show on whose shoulders the success of the wedding rides. Jenny is and has always been a full-figured girl who envies all of the skinny girls. She is bright, articulate, funny, and very strong.

 Vocal: Strong Belt Needed

Judy Steinberg

Age: 55 – 65

Judy is the stereotypically domineering Jewish mother of the bride. She runs her household with a firm grip but is loyal and loving towards her family even if she never shows it.

Rebecca Steinberg

Age: 25 – 30

Rebecca is the bride. She is young, attractive and the fairy tale princess bride on the outside. Within, she is conflicted.

Vocal: Soprano

Georgette Howard

Age: 50 – 65

Georgette is the mother of the groom. A hard-drinking bourgeois country clubber, Georgette doesn’t want to relinquish the control of her son to anyone, much less another woman.

Annie Sheps

Age: 25 – 35

Annie is the co- maid of honor and also the best women in Rebecca’s life. Ideally a BAME character.

Vocal: Strong belt

Aunt Shelia

Age: 45 – 55

Aunt Sheila is Murray’s wild drunken sister. A small comedy role with some nice one-liners.

Albert

Age: 30 – 55

Albert is a wedding planner at the top of his career, he is always one step ahead of the wedding party. Camp and hilarious, he is the only person who interacts with the audience and breaks the fourth wall. Fun and energetic role.

Brian Howard

Age: 25 – 35

Brian is the groom who is hiding a big secret, He is your all-American guy and a bit of a mummy’s boy. He is handsome and charming, joyful and optimistic hoping that the day will go without a hitch (“no chance”). He needs to be able to move well.

George Howard

Age: 50 – 65

George is Brian’s father, they have a tempestuous relationship. A stiff upper lip, right-wing supporter who loves to play golf and drink bourbon. He brings authority to the family, installing old-school beliefs. He needs to be able to move well.

Marty Kaufman

Age: 25 – 35

Marty is the ex-boyfriend of Rebecca (bride). He is a geek and the perfect Jewish wannabe son-in-law in the eyes of Rebecca’s parents. He is kind, endearing and see’s the beauty within. Must have a good falsetto.

Murray Steinberg

Age: 55 – 65

Murray is the father of the bride (Rebecca). Hen-pecked husband of Judy who can’t get a word in edgeways. He is a straight forward talking man and a kind and loving father

Greg Madison

Age: 25 – 35

Greg is Brian’s best man in more ways than one… not the brightest guy but charming and loveable. He must have excellent comedic timing. A tenor and must move well.

Uncle Morty

Age: 45 – 55

Uncle Morty is the crazy Uncle at every wedding, hard of hearing and gets confused very easily. A small comedy role with some nice one-liners.

Ensemble women

X4 actors and singers that move well.

The ensemble members are different staff of the hotel, helping run the show smoothly, with some great numbers to perform in they shall also be on stage a lot, creating the reality of a busy buzzing hotel with some wonderful reactions to the chaos and drama going on throughout the show.

Ensemble men

X2 actors and singers that move well.

The ensemble members are different staff of the hotel, helping run the show smoothly, with some great numbers to perform in they shall also be on stage a lot, creating the reality of a busy buzzing hotel with some wonderful reactions to the chaos and drama going on throughout the show.

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Show Date: 24-28 March 2020

Venue: Hampton Hill Theatre

Key Dates

Event Name Date Time Location
Presentation evening October 22, 2019 8-10pm St Michael’s and All Angels Church Hall
Pre-audition workshop October 24, 2019 8-10pm St Michael’s and All Angels Church Hall
Pre-audition workshop October 29, 2019 8-10pm St Michael’s and All Angels Church Hall
Pre-audition workshop October 31, 2019 8-10pm St Michael’s and All Angels Church Hall
Auditions November 3, 2019 TBC The Barn Church, Kew
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