Tyne Daly Books First Broadway Musical in More Than 20 Years

Neilson Barnard

It’s been 23 years since Tyne Daly was in a musical on Broadway.

That show was “Gypsy,” and her portrayal of Mama Rose won her a 1990 Tony for Best Actress in a Musical. Daly left “Gypsy” in July 1990, returning to the show in the spring of 1991 through its closing in July.

Since then, the actress has been back on Broadway in four plays, including her Tony-nominated turns in 2014’s “Mothers and Sons” and 2006’s “Rabbit Hole.” But she’s yet to find another musical role on the Great White Way.

All that will change this spring, when Daly will lead the cast of a new musical comedy called “It Shoulda Been You.” The show, with an original book & lyrics by Brian Hargrove and music by Barbara Anselmi, is set to begin previews at Broadway’s Brooks Atkinson Theatre on March 17.

Official opening is scheduled for April 14.

Direction will come from another Tony-winning star, David Hyde Pierce. It will be his directorial Broadway debut.

“It Shoulda Been You” follows two wildly different families as they converge one weekend to celebrate a wedding. Amid the culture clash, there is the bride’s ex-boyfriend, whose arrival brings the wedding to a halt.

The play comes to Broadway after its 2011 sold-out tryout in New Jersey’s George Street Playhouse. Daly will play the mother-of-the-bride, described by reviewers as “the Jewish mother to end all Jewish mothers.”

Joining Daly are a slew of Broadway stars, including Tony-winner Harriet Harris (“Cinderella”), Sierra Boggess (Daly's co-star in "Master Class"), Steve Rosen (“The Other Josh Cohen”), Lisa Howard (“Priscilla Queen of the Desert”), Edward Hibbert (“Curtains”) and E! correspondent David Burtka, who returns to Broadway a year after his husband Neil Patrick Harris’ acclaimed run in “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.”

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