You won’t see him on stage but if you’re a fan of David Hyde Pierce (from “Frasier”) you will definitely experience his comedic touch in the 2011-’12 season opener for George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick. “It is a pleasure to welcome my two great friends, Tyne Daly and David Hyde Pierce to open our season with the charmingly funny ‘It Shoulda Been You,’” says artistic director David Saint.

Tony Award and four-time Emmy Award winner Pierce will direct the world premiere of “It Shoulda Been You,” with book and lyrics by Brian Hargrove and music by Barbara Anselmi. Tony Award and six-time Emmy Award winner Daly (from TV’s “Cagney and Lacey” and “Judging Amy”) will star as the mother of the bride in what a press statement says is “a musical comedy for anyone with parents. 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 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.”

“It Shoulda Been You” begins performances Tuesday, October 4 and runs through Sunday, November 6. Opening night is set for Friday, October 14.

Artistic director David Saint knows that longtime George Street audience members are badgering him to bring back “Inspecting Carol,” the hilarious spoof of “A Christmas Carol.” But Saint is doing something even more creative: he’s directing a new holiday comedy for the family, tailor-made for those who loved “Inspecting Carol.” “The Nutty Nutcracker Musical,” according to a press statement, is “a nutty send up of ‘The Nutcracker’ story featuring Tchaikovsky’s glorious music with a hysterical new story and lyrics by the award-winning masters of musical parody Emmy Award winner Peter Brash and Gerard Alessandrini, author of the long-running hit ‘Forbidden Broadway.’”

At a chaotic dress rehearsal for the local dance company’s annual production of “The Nutcracker” ballet, the lead dancer has an unfortunate accident with a prop Christmas tree — bringing new meaning to the old adage “break a leg!” When the pain killers kick in and visions of sugar plums begin to dance in her head, so begins a wild adventure in Snow Globe City with a life sized Nutcracker and the Sugar Rush Fairy in hot pursuit.

“The Nutty Nutcracker Musical” begins Tuesday, November 29, and runs through January 1, 2012. Opening night is set for Friday, December 2.

Next up is the New Jersey premiere of the critically acclaimed and Tony Award-winning play “Red,” written by Academy Award nominee John Logan and directed by Anders Cato.

In 1958, abstract expressionist painter Mark Rothko had just landed the biggest commission in the history of modern art — a series of murals for New York’s famed Four Seasons Restaurant. In the two fascinating years that followed, Rothko worked feverishly with his young assistant, Ken, in his studio on the Bowery. But when the assistant gains the confidence to challenge the master, Rothko must face the agonizing possibility that his crowning achievement could also become his undoing.

A huge hit both in London and on Broadway, this provocative play won six Tony Awards, including Best Play.

“Red” begins performances in New Brunswick on Tuesday, January 31, and runs through February 26. Opening night is set for Friday, February 3.

George Street’s 2011-’12 Season is dedicated to the memory of playwright, director and long-time friend Arthur Laurents who died on May 5 at the age of 93. “The theater has lost an extraordinary talent, and George Street Playhouse has lost a great friend,” says Saint. “Arthur was so passionate about new work and so very committed to George Street, I think he would be pleased that we are dedicating this season to his memory.”

Two more plays, scheduled for spring, 2012, will be announced in the coming months.

Five-play, three-play, and flexible admission packages are currently on sale. The Sunday Symposiums subscription series (third Sunday at 2 p.m.) brings respected experts to the stage for a lively, in-depth post-performance discussion of the themes of the play. Individual tickets will be available at the box office beginning Tuesday, September 6.

George Street Playhouse, 9 Livingston Avenue, in the heart of New Brunswick’s dining and entertainment district. Call 732-246-7717 or visit

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