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Something Rotten!

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Tony Award Winner

Closed July 30, 2017

You couldn't ask for a sillier more satisfying show for theater nerds and anyone who loves shows packed with elaborate dance numbers, double entendres and energy to spare.

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Why See Something Rotten!?

The Tony-Winning smash

The year is 1595, and struggling playwrights Nigel and Nick Bottom are planning on taking Shakespeare down a peg or two. Their idea? To conjure up the one type of show that's outside of The Bard's wheelhouse - the musical! An uproariously irreverent and meta portrait of the Renaissance, Something Rotten! tracks the Brothers' shaky progress while gleefully parodying The Great White Way's greatest hits along the way, riffing on everything from Phantom of the Opera to Les Miserables.

All the World's a Stage

This gloriously silly musical first premiered on Broadway in 2015, where it proved a hit with audiences and critics alike, garnering a stunning ten Tony nominations, and winning one for Christian Borle's portrayal of Shakespeare. With another production transferring over to London's West End, Something Rotten is taking it doublets and ruffs on the road in one of 2016's biggest new tours.

Music and lyrics come courtesy of crack brotherly duo Wayne and Karey Kirkpatrick, the latter of whom also co-wrote the book alongside British humorist John O'Farrell. The Book of Mormon director Casey Nicholaw steered the ship for its original Broadway production.

What is Something Rotten! About?

It's tough being a playwright in Elizabethan England, not least because a certain pompous (but honestly rather dashing) rascal called William Shakespeare is hogging all the limelight. Comedies, tragedies, histories...you name it, and he can write it. So what are struggling thesps The Bottom Brothers to do? Well, in their desperation they seek the advice of an aged soothsayer, who advises them to try their hand at whole new kind of theatrical show - a play that incorporates song and dance numbers!

So the Bottoms begin creating Omelette, the world's first ever musical. Unfortunately things don't quite go to plan, especially when that bounder Shakespeare begins poking his nose in.

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Dates

Opening night: 25 July 2017

Audience

May be unsuitable for children younger than eight years old.

Run time

Two hours and 30 minutes including one intermission

And before you stop reading

Images are from the Broadway production

Cast and Creative

Cast

Rob McClure as Nick Bottom
Adam Pascal as Shakespeare
Josh Grisetti as Nigel Bottom
Maggie Lakis as Bea
Blake Hammond as Nostradamus
Autumn Hurlbert as Portia
Scott Cote as Brother Jeremiah
Jeff Brooks as Shylock

Lucy Anders, Kyle Nicholas Anderson, Kate Bailey, Daniel Beeman, Brandon Bieber, Mandie Black, Nick Rashad Burroughs, Ian Campayno, Pierce Cassedy, Eric Coles, Drew Franklin, Juliane Godfrey, Leah Hofmann, Kristie Kerwin, Ralph Meitzler, Patrick John Moran, Joel Newsome, Con O'Shea-Creal, and Tonya Thompson

Creative

Music and Lyrics by Wayne & Karey Kirkpatrick
Book by John O' Farrell & Karey Kirkpatrick
Choreography by Casey Nicolaw

Awards

2015 TONY AWARD WINS

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical (Christian Borle)


2015 TONY AWARD NOMINATIONS

Best Musical
Best Book of a Musical
Best Original Score
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical (Brian d'Arcy James)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical (Christian Borle)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical (Brad Oscar)
Best Direction of a Musical
Best Choreography
Best Orchestrations
Best Costume Design of a Musical

What you thought

9 reviews, average rating: (4.8 Stars)

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Jan Lenox: “Hilarious!!!!”

I had been anxiously awaiting this show after hearing some of the songs... more

Gisela Suski: “ga447 - Omaha, NE”

I saw this "musical" in Omaha and have to see it again. Laugh, music the... more

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