It Shoulda Been you

Playwright & Lyricist: Brian Hargrove

Music by: Barbara Anselmi

Play House MTI

Directed By: Breanna Danielle Swatzell

Music Directed by: Becky Clark

Audition Dates: Jan. 2nd, 3rd, & 4th @ 6pm

Performance Dates: Feb. 23rd, 24th & 

Mar. 2nd, 3rd, 9th, & 10th @ 7:30pm &

Mar. 11th @ 2pm

at the Old Hollywood Theater 500 Delaware St. Leavenworth, KS

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Characters

Judy Steinberg Understudy: Female, 50-69

the Mother of-the-Bride from hell who only wants what’s best for her daughters--and knows best whether they realize it or not. She will stop at nothing to get what she wants. She is forceful and domineering, but at heart a kind and loyal person--and a fierce advocate for her friends and family. There is no one who you would rather have on your side. She’s also very funny, but not in a jokey way, being one of those people who never realize just how funny they are; alto/mezzo.

 

Jenny Steinberg Understudy: Female, 130-39

co-Maid of Honor/Bride’s older sister. The driving force behind this soon to be perfect wedding. She has done everything as if she were getting married today. Although she’s overweight and not comfortable with that fact or anything else about herself, she hides behind a wicked sense of humor, which serves her well as armor against her mother’s constant attacks or “helpful suggestions.” Although she can be cutting and acerbic, she is rarely mean or spiteful to others because her barbed comments are usually directed at herself; mezzo-soprano with a great belt and mix.

 

Georgette Howard Understudy : Female, 18+

The Mother of-the-Groom from hell—uptight, "WASPY," one of those “ladies who lunch,” with an acerbic wit and fondness for drink--especially gin. She is not happy about her son getting married and her unhappiness is a force to be reckoned with. Alto/mezzo.

 

Brian Howard Understudy: Male, 30

the groom. Is going to be a great guy as soon as he grows up, but unfortunately he’s still trying to find himself. That can only happen when he gets out from under the thumbs of his domineering father and manipulating mother, which is one of the reasons he’s getting married today. Tenor with good low notes.

 

Albert Understudy : Male, 50-69

the wedding planner and the hotel concierge, both worldly and world weary. He is a nuptial Houdini, who has seen and done it all before, and who is therefore ready with the solution before anyone else even realizes there’s a problem. Baritone.

 

Rebecca Steinberg Understudy : Female, 18+

the bride. Is the “perfect daughter." Looks, body, voice, she has it all. Unfortunately, wedding jitters are causing her to be emotionally unstable one minute she’s laughing, the next she’s crying, and sometimes she’s doing both at the same time, which make her seem like a mess. Soprano with a high belt or strong mix on an E.

 

Marty Kaufman: Male, 30-39

the bride's ex-boyfriend. Is the quintessential "Jewish boy next door"--the kind of young man every mother dreams of for her daughter. If he were any closer to the Steinbergs, he’d be related. Instead, he’s just in love with them. Well, one of them in particular. It’s too bad he’s not getting married today. Or is he? Tenor with a strong Ab.

 

Murray Steinberg: Male, 50-69

father of the bride. Loves his wife, loves his daughter--and if he has any negative feelings about this wedding, he would never show them. If this is what his daughter wants, then it’s what he wants for her because he only wants what’s best for his family. Look up the word Mensch in the dictionary, and you’ll find a picture of Murray. Bass/baritone.

 

George Howard: Female, 50-69

father of the groom, master of the Universe, used to getting his way. His one soft spot is his wife. He loves her and would do anything to make her happy, and does so because she’s got him wrapped around her little finger. It’s almost like he’s two different people--his wife gets the teddy bear and his son, the grizzly. Baritone with good F above middle C.

 

Greg Madison: Male, 30+

the best man. If anyone marches to the tune of a different drummer, it’s Greg Madison. He’s almost an idiot savant. More idiot, than savant. He sees the world in a way that no one else does. He’s cute and likable, always means well, and would fight to the death for a friend. Tenor with strong pop styling.

 

Annie Sheps: Female, 30

co-Maid of Honor, the calm in the storm. An observer who does her best to help where she can, but that doesn’t mean she’s not just as emotionally invested as everyone else. She’s sweet and charming, but don’t cross her. She’s also a strong influence on the wedding party because she’s one of the few who could stand up to Judy Steinberg and tell it like it is. Mezzo or sop with strong pop styling.

 

Uncle Morty/Walt, As Cast: Male, 30-59

should be an actor who can play lots of different people believably (as real people, not caricatures), since along with his female counterpart, Aunt Sheila/Mildred, this person will also play various wedding guests and hotel employees. The most important role he will play is Uncle Morty, the absent minded Uncle who may or may not be senile, but who is definitely hard of hearing. The other roles will be written around the abilities of the actor cast. Baritone with strong high notes.

 

Aunt Sheila/Mildred, As Cast : Female, 30-59

should be an actress who can play lots of different people believably, (as real people, not caricatures) since along with her male counterpart (Uncle Morty/Walt), this person will also play various wedding guests and hotel employees. The most important role she will play is Aunt Sheila, a grabbing, clasping woman who is full of spite and jealousy for her sister-in-law, and would love nothing more than to see the whole wedding go up in flames. She’s also a horny ol’ gal, which plays out during the course of the wedding. The other roles will be written around the abilities of the actor cast. Mezzo-soprano, belter.

 

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