Something Rotten! tickets
The year is 1590, Shakespeare is all the rage, and brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom long to write a hit as catchy as A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Luck is on their side when a soothsayer hands them the perfect idea: the future of theater involves singing, dancing and acting all at once! Armed with this time-bending tip, the duo set out to write an entirely new type of show and learn a little about themselves along the way.
The show includes original songs “It’s Hard to Be the Bard” and “God, I Hate Shakespeare”, with plenty of tongue-in-cheek musical theater references to enjoy.
The show stars Brian D’Arcy James (Shrek The Musical, The Ferryman) as Nick Bottom and John Cariani (The Band’s Visit) as Nigel Bottom. They are joined by Christian Borle (Legally Blonde, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) who originates the role of Shakespeare.
Something Rotten! on Broadway is conceived by Wayne and Karey Kirkpatrick, who also wrote the music and lyrics. The musical features a book by John O’Farrell and is directed by Casey Nicholaw, a multi-Tony Award nominee who won for his work on The Book of Mormon.
Following brothers who really do make the most of “outrageous fortune”, Something Rotten! at the St. James Theatre is a riotous, off-beat musical that lovingly riffs on everyone’s favorite playwright.
Running time: 2 hours 20 minutes (including intermission)
Age recommendation: TBC
Special notice: Fans of Shakespeare and musicals will love this affectionate send-up of both. With a book packed full of jokes and catchy songs to keep you humming, Something Rotten! is a fantastic musical comedy for theater fans young and old.