Something Rotten – Broadway, New York

Something Rotten opened last Wednesday on Broadway, starring Christian Borle and Brian d’Arcy James, I saw it in preview the week before.


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Something Rotten is set in the 1590’s, brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom are desperate to outshine the rock star that is ‘The Bard’. They go to a local soothsayer to find out what will be the next big thing, he predicts the ‘Musical’…! A play told through song ‘what?!’, who could imagine such a thing…!

What unfolds is both hilarious and exhausting. They must certainly be the most hard-working cast around as every number is huge and includes most of the cast. There was a frisson of excitement in the auditorium and mid-way through the first half the audience gave a standing ovation.

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The lyrics are fast, plentiful, clever and funny. During the number ‘God, I Hate Shakespeare’, the line ‘don’t be a penis, he’s a genius’ definitely stuck in my head. The melodies are catchy and we were singing ‘Welcome to the Renaissance’ for days after. However, the jokes and humour felt so labored and obvious – maybe it’s my British humour I’m not sure but I did laugh at a joke the first and second time around but not the fifth and sixth. Saying that, the audiences were rolling in their seats at every pun.

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Something Rotten is great idea for a show, it has some memorable songs, the cast is genuinely incredible – but for me the gags were a bit arduous. Hey, but what do I know, go see for yourself (if you can get a ticket!).

www.rottenbroadway.com

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