Something Rotten on Broadway Review - Fresh & Funny

It’s almost the 90’s baby….The 1590’s.  Shakespeare is in town and he’s shaking up the theater community.  His Romeo and Juliet’s a big hit, but it’s sad and, well, there’s just no music or dancing.  What’s a future playwright to do?


Nick (Rob McClure) and Nigel Bottom (Josh Grisetti)  our future playwrights are flummoxed as to what to do.  They know something is missing in the theater productions, but they can’t figure it out.  Introducing the ‘Soothsayer Nostradamus’s nephew Thomas, flawlessly played by Brad Oscar.  Thomas is great at predicting what he believes the future of theater will be, but, sometimes, he forgets things.  I won’t spoil it for you, what he forgot might just be historic.


In a memorable number, which is one of many terrific dances and songs, Thomas is pretty certain that the future of theater includes singing and dancing.  The Bottom brothers really need the money and Nigel has great writing skills (again, I won’t spoil that piece), and Nick can sing and dance like no one can. 


With music by Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell, music and lyrics by  Wayne Kirkpatrick and Karey Kirkpatrick, Something Rotten is a slam-dunk, hilarious, no-time-to-go-to-the-bathroom-until intermission show. 


You just can’t dream up this plot. Although it may have been done before, it was never like this.

When’s the last time you saw a picture of William Shakespeare who looked more like David Bowie that Will himself? (Will Chase)  Have you ever seen an Elizabethan chorus line?   I’m sure you’ve never seen an egg sing the lead song from Dreamgirls.  Better yet, there are more references to so many other plays in this particular production, that you might have to see it twice to get what you might have missed.  


Oh yes, let us not forget this is also about women’s rights and equality.  It’s still 1590.  Kudos to Leslie Kritzer who plays Bea, Nick Bottoms’ wife.  She is the Gloria Steinam of the 1500’s. 


And to a superlative cast of multi-talented singers and dancers; you did it all in so much clothing that I was sweating watching you.


Something Rotten doesn’t miss a thing.  It moves fast so pay attention.  The music and dancing is so over-the-top, but it works and it works VERY well.

There is a reason why there wasn’t one available seat in this theatre.  It truly deserves a re-review.

I loved it.  And, from the continuous standing ovation, it seems everyone did.   As for who can enjoy this play?  I got a 'go see it grandma' from my 15-year old granddaughter and I then took her mother, my daughter to see it. We ALL loved it.

Directed and Choreographed by Casey Nicholaw

Credits Book by Karey Kirkpatrick and John O'Farrell Music and Lyrics by Wayne Kirkpatrick and Karey Kirkpatrick;

Cast Rob McClure, Josh Grisetti, Will Chase, Catherine Brunell, Brad Oscar, Leslie Kritzer, David Beach, Edward Hibbert, Gerry Vichi and André Ward



Something Rotten is playing at:  


St. James Theatre

246 W. 44th St.

Midtown West


For more information go to the rottenbroadway website.

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