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Something Rotten! is a Broadway musical, lauded by Variety magazine as “ingenious, outrageous and irresistible.” It is the story of the Bottom Brothers, who bring dancing, music and acting to the theatre in order to compete with their Renaissance contemporary, ‘The Bard’. Set in the 1590s, this magnificent show is full of surprises, comedy and laughter. Wayne and Karey Kirkpatrick, Casey Nicholaw and John O’Farrell’s brainchild features the actors Brian d’Arcy James, John Cariani and Christian Borle among others. The musical is currently playing at the esteemed St. James Theatre on Broadway. So grab Something Rotten! tickets and enjoy this newest musical comedy that has already garnered multiple Tony nominations.



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Something Rotten! is undoubtedly one of the most exhilarating musicals to hit Broadway in recent years. Variety has lauded the musical, which received a standing ovation, not only at the end, but also midway into the first act. The beautiful story of Something Rotten! takes the audience back to the ‘90s, with the twist being that it’s the 1590s. During the Renaissance, two brothers conceive what becomes the first ever musical in the history of theatre. With creative minds like Karey and Wayne Kirkpatrick, John O’Farrell and Casey Nicholaw; Something Rotten! steals the limelight from all its contemporaries on Broadway.

The story of Something Rotten! is a must watch for audiences who enjoy comedy and/or history. When the curtains open, we find two brothers, Nigel and Nick Bottom, trying to come up with a play that would elevate their status in the theatre world. But unfortunately, all their efforts are overshadowed by the charisma of the theatre giant known simply as ‘The Bard’.

The brothers hear of a prophecy by a local fortune teller, that in the coming decades, theatre would envelop everything from acting, dancing and singing. Determined to be the vanguards of showbiz, the Bottom Brothers set out to write history by introducing the world to the first ever musical. But all is not as easy as it seems for Nigel and Nick are creating something that no one has heard of or seen before. Among the challenges and struggles of being the pioneers of the musical, the brothers realize that the only way to succeed in the cruel world of glamour and show is to stay true to themselves.

What makes Something Rotten! a huge success on Broadway is the team of innovative creative team. The music and lyrics for the musical are penned down by Karey and Wayne Kirkpatrick. Karey is among the top names in screenwriting and direction in Hollywood. He has renowned cinema titles such as The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, The Spiderwick Chronicles, Chicken Run, Charlotte’s Web and James and the Giant Peach to his name. On the other hand, Wayne is a songwriter who has worked with hit music artists such as Faith Hill, Martina McBride, Wynonna Judd, Garth Brooks, Little Big Town and Eric Clapton among others.

The book for Something Rotten! is co-written by Karey Kirkpatrick and British comedy scriptwriter and author John O’Farrell. His contributions to the political history of the British Isles, BBC, and scriptwriting for popular animated movies, are highly praised by critics and contemporaries. Last but not the least, the musical is directed and choreographed by the man behind Broadway showstoppers such as The Drowsy Chaperone, Monty Python’s Spamalot and The Book of Mormon; Casey Nicholaw.

The star-studded cast for Something Rotten! enlists a number of big names that have been creating waves on Broadway and off-Broadway for decades now. The protagonist, Nick Bottom, is played by Brian d’Arcy James who has been nominated for the Tony Awards multiple times including for this performance. His on-stage brother, Nigel Bottom, is portrayed by John Cariani, who received a nomination for his role in Fiddler on the Roof. The role of ‘The Bard’ goes to the charismatic Christian Borle, who won accolades for Peter and the Starcatcher. Other notable actors include Peter Bartlett, Heidi Blickenstaff, Kate Reinders and Brad Oscar.

Something Rotten! is being staged at the prestigious St. James Theatre on Broadway. Since its world premiere, the musical has been attracting theatre goers, critics and enthusiastic audiences that love a good hearty laugh. From Renaissance setting, to a hilarious script and brilliant acting, this play has something for everyone. So grab Something Rotten! tickets and enjoy the show.

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