Something Rotten! on Broadway: Show Is Now Closed

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Something Rotten! Summary

  • Show Status: Closed
  • Genre: Musical
  • Something Rotten! is 2.5 Hours long, including an intermission of 15 Minutes
  • 8 Shows per week
  • Previews Began: March 23, 2015
  • Show Opened : April 22, 2015
  • Show Closed: January 1, 2017

Taking place in the 1590s during the period of England’s renaissance, Something Rotten! is the story of the Bottom brothers (Nick and Nigel) who are trying to write a stage masterpiece in order to ensure the survival of their theatre; however, the two are hindered in their quest by living in the shadow of “the Bard” (aka William Shakespeare).

What's Something Rotten! Like?

Something Rotten is a new musical from the book by Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell. When the Bottom Brothers encounter a local soothsayer (Nostradamus) who predicts that the two will create a piece that will involve singing, acting, and dancing all at once, they set out to write the first musical of all time. They are determined to overcome the perennial thorn in their side that is William Shakespeare.

This musical is heralded as one of the most genuinely funny musicals Broadway has to offer. The scores, setting, acting and scenery all combine to make Something Rotten a truly fun and unique experience that brings audience members back for more. In any case, the show is uproarious and hilarious ode to the genre of musical theatre that we all know and love.

Is Something Rotten! Good for Kids?

The show may be inappropriate for children under the age of 8. Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.

Something Rotten! on Broadway Background

The show stars Christian Borle (Peter and the Starcatcher) as Shakespeare and Brian D’Arcy James (Shrek, Sweet Smell of Success) as Nick Bottom. Songs like "A Musical" poke fun at the many classic songs performed on Broadway so far and "Right Hand Man" gives actress Heidi Blickenstaff (playing Bea) a chance to belt out her feminism to her husband (played by Brian D'Arcy). Produced by Kevin McCollum (In the Heights, Avenue Q, Rent), the show received an October 2014 workshop with a cast of Broadway stars including John Cariani (Fiddler on the Roof), Beth Leavel (The Drowsy Chaperone), Brad Oscar (The Producers), Kate Reinders (Gypsy), Gerry Vichi (The Drowsy Chaperone) and Allen Fitzpatrick (Memphis). The music and lyrics are by Wayne Kirkpatrick and Karey Kirkpatrick. The show is directed by Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon).

Theatre Information

St. James Theatre

246 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10019
Seats: 1,710
Entrance: 44th Street, between 7th and 8th Ave
Theatre Information

St. James Theatre Seating Chart

Something Rotten! Marquee

Something Rotten! Marquee

Cast Members

William Shakespeare
Adam Pascal
Nigel Bottom
Josh Grisetti
Leslie Kritzer
Catherine Brunell
David Beach
Nick Botttom
Rob McClure
Lord Clapham/Judge
Edward HIbbert
Gerry Vichi
Andre Ward


Kevin McCollum

Production Credits

Direction + Choreography
Casey Nicholaw
Music + Lyrics
Wayne Kirkpatrick
Karey Kirkpatrick + John O'Farrell
Set Design
Scott Pask
Costume Design
Gregg Barnes
Light Design
Jeff Croiter
Sound Design
Peter Hylenski
Larry Hochman
Glen Kelly
Musical Direction
Phil Reno
Production Stage Manager
Charlie Underhill

Creative Team

Production Manager
Juniper Street Productions
General Manager
Bespoke Theatricals LLC
Company Manager
J Anthony Magner at Bespoke Theatricals
Casting Director
Bethany Knox at Telsey + Company
Press Agent
Boneau Bryan-Brown
Advertising Representative