Something Rotten! Review – Rotten It Isn’t!

Hurry and get your tickets for Something Rotten! now playing at the Oriental Theatre but just until July 23rd.  This musical about musicals in anything but rotten. It is Instead a charming, glitzy production with a great story presented with perfection on all levels.  Those triple threat stars are fantastic dancers, terrific singers and the acting brings forth characters to whom I could relate. And, noteworthy, was the replacement of a sword fight with a tap dancing contest.


Approaching the Oriental Theatre

A word about the Oriental Theatre (24 W. Randolph).  It is a beautiful theater, among the most beautiful I have seen and almost like a museum.


Above the stage, Photo: B.keer

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.


Welcome to the Renaissance


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.





SOMETHING ROTTEN! is directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon, Aladdin), with music and lyrics by Grammy Award winner and Tony Award nominee Wayne Kirkpatrick and Golden Globe Award and Tony Award nominee Karey Kirkpatrick and a book by Tony Award nominees Karey Kirkpatrick and best-selling author John O’Farrell.



The Bottom brothers


Nominated for 10 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, SOMETHING ROTTEN! comes to Chicago with three principal cast members direct from Broadway: Rob McClure as Nick Bottom, Adam Pascal as Shakespeare and Josh Grisetti as Nigel Bottom. The touring cast also features Maggie Lakis as Bea, Blake Hammond as Nostradamus, Autumn Hurlbert as Portia, Scott Cote as Brother Jeremiah and Jeff Brooks as Shylock.


Nick Bottom consults Nostradamus


The award-winning design team of Broadway veterans includes Scott Pask (scenic design), Gregg Barnes (costume design), Jeff Croiter (lighting design), Peter Hylenski (sound design), Josh Marquette (hair design), Phil Reno (music direction / conductor), Glen Kelly (arrangements), LarryHochman (orchestrations), Steve Bebout (associate director), and casting by Telsey + Company/Bethany Knox, CSA. As she was leading my guest and I to our seats, the usher asked if we were ready to laugh.  Were we ever!  And we did, for two hours.


Rob McClure as Nick Bottom Josh Grisetti as Nigel Bottom and Maggie Lakis as Bea


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PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE Wednesday, July 12 – 7:30PM

Thursday, July 13 – 7:30PM

Friday, July 14 – 7:30PM

Saturday, July 15 – 2PM & 8PM Sunday, July 16 – 2PM & 7:30PM Tuesday, July 18 – 7:30PM Wednesday, July 19 – 2PM & 7:30PM

Thursday, July 20 – 7:30PM

Friday, July 21 – 7:30PM Saturday, July 22 – 2PM & 8PM Sunday, July 23 – 2PM


Individual tickets for SOMETHING ROTTEN! at the Oriental Theatre range from $27 - $108. A select number of premium seats are also available for many performances. Tickets are available now for groups of 10 or more by calling Broadway In Chicago Group Sales at (312) 977-1710. Tickets are available at all Broadway In Chicago Box Offices (24 W. Randolph St., 151 W. Randolph St., 18 W. Monroe St. and 175 E. Chestnut), the Broadway In Chicago Ticket Line at (800) 775-2000 and online at the broadway in chicago website   

Photos: Courtesy of Broadway in Chicago Something Rotten unless otherwise noted.




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