I, Broadway Lyricist

I'm thrilled to announce I have a new title to add to my bio: Broadway lyricist! A song for which I first wrote the lyrics in the BMI Workshop (and have rewritten many times since!) is in Broadway's new musical comedy IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU, playing at the Brooks Atkinson Theater.

Under the direction of David Hyde Pierce, the hilarious and heartwarming musical stars Tyne DalyHarriet HarrisSierra Boggess and Lisa Howard. The cast also features David BurtkaMontego GloverChip ZienJosh GrisettiAdam HellerMichael X. MartinAnne L. NathanNick Spangler and Edward Hibbert.

The show was written by composer Barbara Anselmi and lyricist/librettist Brian Hargrove. Four additional lyricists, including myself with the song "Perfect," have one song in the show: Jill Abramovitz ("What They Never Tell You"), Michael Cooper ("I Never Wanted This) and Will Randall ("It Shoulda Been You"). A fifth additional lyricist, Ernie Lijoi, has two songs in the show ("Beautiful" and "Love You Till the Day").

The song Anselmi and I wrote ("Perfect") is sung by the powerhouse voices of Howard and Boggess, who play sisters in the show. Watch them perform it on YouTube.

IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU was first conceived by Anselmi while enrolled in New York City's premier musical theatre training ground, the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop, She asked a dozen or so of us BMI lyricists to contribute a song to her second-year project about a wedding. The five songs she wrote with the show's additional lyricists lasted through years of development, and, I have to say, there is nothing quite like seeing a long-term project through to its beautiful completion.

And now that our work has been nominated for both Outer Critics Circle and Drama League awards, we're all award nominees!

The show is loads of fun. You know the acronym LMAO? I have never in my life seen an audience roar with laughter the way IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU audiences do. And the next thing you know, they're choking back tears, because the show is also beautifully moving.

Go see it. You'll have a wonderful time!

For tickets, info, pics and buzz, visit itshouldabeenyou.com.

New Production of IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU Opens in Seattle

It's Opening Night!

The musical IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU, which started out in the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop eight years ago, is now opening its second full production, at the Village Theatre in Issaquah, Washington. The show is directed by Jon Kretzu.

The show is written by composer/creator Barbara Anselmi and lyricist/librettist Brian Hargrove, with a handful of additional lyricists on the show. Barbara and I wrote a song called “Perfect,” which has been rewritten almost in its entirety  for this production. After many meetings between Barbara, Brian, myself and the director of the show's world premiere, David Hyde Pierce, I think we've made the song serve the scene even better!

While I won't be able to attend the Seattle production, I'm told the cast is fabulous and that the preview last night went wonderfully! I also had a chance to see a musical at the Village Theatre over the holidays and I was super impressed with the production values and the level of talent. For more information or for tickets, visit the Village Theatre website.

The world premiere of IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU took place last fall at the George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick, N.J., a sold-out production starring Tyne Daly and helmed by Pierce.

Head over to YouTube to hear “Perfect” in its original form (as a solo sung by Mamie Parris). If you're a performer interested in singing the piece, please contact me to purchase the sheet music.

Break a leg, Village Theatre cast and crew!

Love and music,

Carla

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