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The 2014-2015 Broadway Season

Something Rotten!
Hear Ye, Broadway! From the co-director of The Book of Mormon and the producer of Avenue Q comes something original… something fresh... Something Rotten!, a world-premiere musical comedy about the musical comedy that started it all.

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St. James Theatre
Opening Night - April 22 2015
Brian d'Arcy James (center) and the cast of <i>Something Rotten!</i>.Brian d'Arcy James (center) and the cast of Something Rotten!. Photo by: Joan Marcus


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 title is a reference to a line from Act I Scene 4 of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Marcellus (not Hamlet) says, “Something is rotten in the state of Denmark,” after seeing the ghost of the dead king outside the castle at Elsinore.
  • The show’s score is written by a pair of brothers: Grammy Award-winning Nashville-based songwriter Wayne Kirkpatrick, and screenwriter/songwriter Kerry Kirkpatrick.


This is a world-premiere production.


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Revised April 17, 2015