“Something Rotten!” is one of the most original, creative musical comedies to hit Broadway in a long time! It makes the Renaissance hip and new! And it rejuvenates one’s love and appreciation for the brilliance of William Shakespeare’s work.
The musical looks at not only how great Shakespeare was for England, but how his fame made it difficult for other playwrights of the time—in this case, the Bottom brothers, Nick and Nigel, who run a small local theater company. Nick is tired of hearing about Shakespeare’s greatness and Nigel is in awe of Shakespeare and is a playwright himself.
One of the things that I absolutely love about this musical, and it’s something that makes it unique, is a lot of the humor plays on the fact that audience members are familiar with Shakespeare’s plays and specific lines from his works—which we all seemed to be, as everyone in the theater was constantly laughing when references were made to numerous Shakespearean works. In addition to Shakespearean works, the audience also had to be familiar with a great number of past Broadway musicals to get the hilarious jokes. Again, the audience lived up to these expectations.
I laughed so hard for so long my head was about to burst! This musical is one of the most clever musicals I’ve seen in quite some time. It is a brilliantly funny piece of theater with a book by Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell and music and lyrics by Wayne Kirkpatrick and Karey Kirkpatrick. It has awesome direction and choreography by Casey Nicholaw.
It’s fantastic to experience a musical on Broadway that is so amusingly written in which the songs flow and the acting is spot-on excellent! The cast is phenomenal and includes Brian d’Arcy James, Christian Borle, John Cariani, Heidi Slickenstaff, Brad Oscar, Kate Reinders, Brooks Ashmanskas, Peter Barlett, Gerry Vichi and Michael James Scott.
This is a musical that will uplift your spirit to another stratosphere! It plays at the St. James Theatre on West 44th Street. Experience this production. I definitely understand why it is up for 10 Tony Awards. There’s nothing like it!