Something Rotten- Come Dance with Shakespeare
Step back in time to the year 1595 and enjoy this energetic spoof of Shakespeare's plays with your Something Rotten tickets from StubHub. With dance routines inspired by both Bob Fosse and the Rockettes and a plot that takes a fresh look at Broadway musicals, Something Rotten! is a hilarious wind-up from the overture to the finale.
Something Rotten! - a historical background
Something Rotten! was hatched in the feverishly comedic brains of brothers Wayne and Karey Kirkpatrick with input from comedy novelist John O'Farrell. Original direction and choreography were by Casey Nicholaw fresh from his The Book of Mormon success. So confident of a hit were the production team that previews were bypassed and Something Rotten! went straight to Broadway. It opened at the St James Theatre in April 2015 where it ran for a little under two years before heading off on its national tour.
Something Rotten! takes us back to the full flowering of the English Renaissance. It's set in Queen Elizabeth I's London and the opening number introduces us to some of the marvels of the age such as frozen meat and the tobacco discovered by Sir Walter Raleigh. The plays of Ben Jonson, Christopher Marlowe and Thomas Dekker are given a brief mention but the flowing locks and prominent codpiece of William Shakespeare immediately steal the show. The plot then revolves around the trials and tribulations of writing brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom who are given the task of coming up with the world's first musical. The trouble is they can't find a plot that hasn't already been covered by Shakespeare!
Something Rotten! in the heart of musical theatre
As well as its dance and Shakespeare references Something Rotten! shamelessly parodies iconic musicals such as South Pacific, Anything Goes and On The Town. Whether you know your Shakespeare and musical references or not you can't fail to love the ingenious lyrics, sheer comedic mayhem and bold-as-brass music of Something Rotten!. It soaked up ten Tony nominations, winning for Best Featured Actor in a Musical awarded to the original Broadway Shakespeare, Christian Borle.
Similar musical shows
If you've loved the romp through Renaissance London served up with your Something Rotten tickets from StubHub then don't miss out on other musicals with a historical theme such as Man of La Mancha and Sweeney Todd.