“Something Rotten” musical will be performed at Carol Morsani Hall (The Straz Center) in Tampa, FL numerous times during March 2017. Choose best time from the schedule, select preferred seats, get tickets in advance and enjoy great play!
Something Rotten! is a musical comedy with a book by John O’Farrell and Karey Kirkpatrick and music and lyrics by Karey and Wayne Kirkpatrick. 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.
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, with the sets designed by Scott Pask, costumes by Gregg Barnes and lighting by Jeff Croiter. The production will close on January 1, 2017, after 742 performances.
The Something Rotten! will launch a US national tour in 2017, and Tampa will be one of the first visited cities. The tour officially starts in January 2017 at the Boston Opera House, after a preview at the Proctors Theatre, Schenectady, New York.
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 2014, 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.
The musical includes references to numerous musicals. For example, during the song “A Musical,” “Nostradamus and the chorus men don sailor hats, which harkens to several nautical-themed musicals, including South Pacific, Anything Goes, On the Town and Dames at Sea.” The TheaterMania reviewer noted that the song “A Musical”, “…encapsulates the entire book-musical form in six hilarious minutes. It’s so chock-full of witty references and energetic dance; it’s hard to see how it could be topped.” Variety also pointed out that the song “A Musical” “simultaneously celebrates and sends up everything we hold dear about this peculiar art form, from the ‘jazzy hands’ of Bob Fosse to the synchronized line dancing of the Rockettes.”