Set in 1595, the story follows the Bottom brothers, Nick and Nigel, who struggle to find success in the theatrical world, as they compete with the wild popularity of their contemporary William Shakespeare.
Welcome to the ‘90s - the 1590s - long before the dawn of premium tickets, star casting and reminders to turn off your cell phones. Brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom are desperate to write a hit play but are stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rockstar known as The Bard. When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first MUSICAL! But amidst the scandalous excitement of Opening Night, the Bottom Brothers realize that reaching the top means being true to thine own self… and all that jazz.
The musical began with an idea that brothers Karey and Wayne Kirkpatrick had since the 1990s. They finally joined with John O’Farrell to write several songs and presented those songs and a treatment to the producer Kevin McCollum in 2010. The team then joined with Casey Nicholaw, who brought in several of the actors, resulting in the workshop in 2014.
Something Rotten! was expected to have a pre-Broadway tryout at the 5th Avenue Theatre, Seattle, in April 2015. However, when a Broadway theatre became available, Kevin McCollum decided to open the show without the Seattle tryout. "David Armstrong, artistic director of 5th Avenue Theater, said...that after the positive buzz surrounding the musical’s workshop in October , he and Mr. McCollum began discussing the possibility of the show bypassing Seattle in favor of Broadway." The developmental lab took place in New York City in October 2014 with Casey Nicholaw as director and choreographer.
Something Rotten! opened on Broadway at the St. James Theatre in previews on March 23, 2015, and officially opened on April 22. Directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw, the scenic Design is by Scott Pask, costumes by Gregg Barnes and lighting by Jeff Croiter.
"Welcome to the Renaissance" – Minstrel and Company
"God, I Hate Shakespeare" – Nick, Nigel, The Troupe
"Right Hand Man" – Bea, Nick
"God, I Hate Shakespeare (Reprise)" – Nick
"A Musical" - Nostradamus, Nick, Ensemble
"The Black Death" – The Troupe
"I Love the Way" – Portia, Nigel
"Will Power" – The Bard, Ensemble
"Bottom's Gonna Be on Top" – Nick and Company
"Welcome to the Renaissance (Reprise)" – Minstrel
"Hard to Be the Bard" – The Bard and Ensemble
"It's Eggs!" – Nick, The Troupe
"We See the Light" – Portia, Nigel, Brother Jeremiah, Nick, Ensemble
"To Thine Own Self" – Nigel, Nick, The Bard, The Troupe
"Right Hand Man (Reprise)" – Bea
"Something Rotten!" – The Troupe
"Make an Omelette" - Nick and Company
"To Thine Own Self (Reprise)" – Nick
"Finale" – The Company
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Something Rotten! (2015-04-St. James Theatre-Broadway)Type de série: Original
Théâtre: St. James Theatre (Broadway - Etats-Unis) Durée : 1 an 8 mois 2 semaines Nombre : Première Preview : lundi 23 mars 2015Première : mercredi 22 avril 2015Dernière : dimanche 01 janvier 2017Mise en scène : Casey Nicholaw • Chorégraphie : Casey Nicholaw • Producteur : Avec : Brian d’Arcy James (Nick Bottom), Christian Borle (The Bard), John Cariani (Nigel Bottom), Heidi Blickenstaff (Bea), Brad Oscar (Nostradamus), Kate Reinders (Portia), David Beach (Brother Jeremiah), Edward Hibbert (Lord Clapham / Master of Justice), Gerry Vichi (Shylock), Michael James Scott (Minstrel)Presse : Les critiques sont bonnes:
"'Sophomoric' is the right adjective for 'Something Rotten!,' and presumably its creators wouldn’t have it any other way." Ben Brantley for New York Times
"The supremely silly 'Something Rotten!' is the musical love child of 'The Carol Burnett Show' and 'Forbidden Broadway.' In other words, this showbiz offspring has some darn fine DNA." Joe Dziemianowicz for New York Daily News
"A deliriously entertaining new musical comedy that is devilishly clever under its goofy exterior... Yep, this is a blockbuster." Elisabeth Vincentelli for New York Post
"'Something Rotten!' has established itself as Broadway’s funniest, splashiest, slap-happiest musical comedy in at least 400 years." David Cote for Time Out New York
"'Something Rotten!,' written by three guys making their Broadway debuts, is fresh and hysterical and irreverent. It's easily the funniest thing to arrive on Broadway since 'The Book of Mormon.'" Mark Kennedy for The Associated Press
"This is a big, brash meta-musical studiously fashioned in the mold of Monty Python's 'Spamalot,' 'The Producers,' and 'The Book of Mormon,' loaded with crowd-pleasing showstoppers, deliciously puerile gags and an infectious love of the form it so playfully skewers." David Rooney for The Hollywood Reporter
"Although comic desperation descends on the second act, it’s still a deliriously funny show." Marilyn Stasio for Variety
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